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While visiting Florence, Van Buren accepts for his son and himself a dinner invitation from Theodosia Trollope, sister-in-law of the famed novelist. His European trip would end tragically, with the death of that son, Martin Van Buren, Jr.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Van Buren", 1p, 5¼x8¼. Florence (Italy), 1853 October 22. To Mrs. Theodosia Trollope. In part: "My son & myself will not fail to be with you on Monday at six o Clock. My friends have arrived but have gone to Pisa & will not be back before this Evening. I cannot answer for them with certainty...." THEODOSIA TROLLOPE was the sister-in-law of novelist Anthony Trollope. Mrs. Trollope's home still exists in Florence at the northwestern angle of the Piazza della Indipendenza. Mrs. Trollope died in Florence and is buried there. Theodosia Trollope published, in the form of letters to a London periodical, the most accurate account of the last revolution in Tuscany, which led to the formation of the Italian kingdom. VAN BUREN had taken an extensive tour of Western Europe in the years 1853-1855. During this time, while staying at the Villa Falangola in Sorrento, Italy, he began work on his autobiography and a political history. Van Buren's European trip ended prematurely when his 42-year-old bachelor son Martin, Jr., who had accompanied him to Europe and is mentioned in this letter, died of tuberculosis in Paris on March 19, 1855. Lightly creased. Right edge creased, soiled and torn with portion missing in upper right corner and lower right-center edge. Minor tears at top edge. Creased through final "en" of Van Buren's signature. "Martin Van Buren" penned in another hand in lower left blank margin.

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Born: December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York
Died: July 24, 1862 in Kinderhook, New York

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