His signed autograph letter as Minister to England, discussing personal
matters with a prominent English lady
ALS: "James Buchanan" as U.S. Minister to England, 1½ pages,
4½x7, front and verso. 56 Harley Street (England), 1855 November 13. To Lady
Alice Peel, a daughter of the late British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. In
full: "I send you a note for the Princess written in much haste, as I am
at the present moment greatly involved in business. I send it open for your
perusal as I have taken your name in vain. You may close it, if you please,
before delivery. Many thanks for your kind inquiry after Miss Lane. She has
arrived at home in fine health & spirits after a short & agreeable
passage. Wishing you a pleasant visit to Paris." Former Congressman and
Senator, U.S. Minister to Russia and Polk's Secretary of State, Buchanan was
named by President Pierce as U.S. Minister to England on April 11, 1853. In the
Spring of 1854, his niece, Harriet Lane, joined him in England, returning to the
Buchanan home at Wheatland, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the Autumn of 1855.
The Princess referred to by Buchanan was one of Queen Victoria's
daughters. Four months after writing this letter, Buchanan returned to the
United States, arriving in New York in April 1856. His public reception in New
York demonstrated an interest in him as a possible presidential candidate. Two
months later, he was chosen the Democratic nominee for President and easily
defeated the newly formed Republican Party's nominee, John C. Frémont. Mounting
strip along right blank margin of verso, light show-through at front left.
Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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