This lawyer and oil company executive served in the Spanish-American War and as New York police commissioner from 1895 to1898; as a general in the U.S. Army, he served with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War One, assistant chief of staff to General John J. Pershing. Item #40793
TLS, 1p, 8¼" X 10½", n.p., 1918 December 19. Addressed to Joseph Cummings Chase (1891-1954). Very good. Lightly age toned, with original folds. On typed "General Headquarters / American Exppeditionary Forces / First Section -- General Staff" stationery, Andrews send this "personal and unofficial note, in part to express my sincere appreciation of your work in painting my portrait this morning, and partly to express, also unofficially, the hope that arrangements may be made for the reproduction in suitable form of all the portraits which you may paint of officers of the A.E.F." Boldly signed in brown ink. Chase had been commissioned by the A.E.F. to paint portraits of commanding generals and hero doughboys -- and they were indeed reproduced in suitable form in the 1920 book "Soldiers All: Portraits and Sketches of the Men of the A.E.F." (New York: George H. Doran Company), with a biographical entry about Andrews on page 429 and the portrait referred to in this letter on page 430.