Carte-de-Visite and Official Correspondence of Alexander M. Greig, Superintendent of the U.S. City Despatch Post.
Four items of historical significance: 1) Carte-de-visite with three-quarter half-length portrait photograph of Alexander M. Greig with Matthew Brady imprint on front and back; 2) Letter on New York Post Office stationery dated Nov. 26, 1844, from Postmaster John Lorimer Graham to Alexander M. Greig acknowledging receipt of letter dated Nov. 25 tendering Greig's resignation as superintendent of the U.S. City Despatch Post, "in consequence of having determined to make Cuba your future residence",
3) Letter datelined "New York Nov. 30th, 1844"
to "Alexander M. Gregg"
(note phonetic spelling of last name), which states in part, " The undersigned, carriers in the 'Despatch' department of the New York Post Office, have learned, with regret, your determination to leave the service for foreign parts. They have, almost all of them, been connected with the Department since its formation, under You as their Chief, and they are not willing that the conexion should be severed without conveying to you their earnest sense of your uniform kindness, friendship, and faithful discharge of duty, towards them and the Government, whose servants they are."
, signed by fifteen letter carriers; and 4) Letter datelined "Brooklyn 2nd December 1844"
from Greig "To the Carriers of the U.S. City Despatch Post"
, acknowledging with gratitude their Nov. 30th letter, the cross-outs, corrections and the fact that this letter is with the others suggest that it is Greig's retained draft; an outstanding group, we are unaware of any other examples of Greig's photograph or similar correspondence