Jacksonville, FL: To the Editor of The Graphic, June 20, 1889. Very uncommon, 3 copies on U.S Libraries. Single sheet, with a few small edge tears and slight crease across one of the vignettes along the bottom margin, light toning across top margin. In a letter to the editor, Spinner writes 44 lines of approximately six hundred words of text discussing the making of a new design to accommodate the addition of four new states making a total of 42. There is an image above the text, occupying approx. one-third of the page, of 42 stars making one large star. The text is signed in type. Underneath is the image of the whole flag with stars arranged as described, and a portrait of Spinner with his signature in type beneath.
Frances E. Spinner was a Congressman from New York from 1955-61 when he was appointed Treasurer of the United States by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 at the urging of Secty Salmon P. Chase. He held that office until 1875. He is credited with hiring women to be clerks in Washington during the Civil War, positions that they continued to hold after the war. His flag recommendations were not enacted. Very good. Item #1239