PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1842 - HFSID 257069
FRANKLIN PIERCE. Political ALS: "Frank Pierce" as U.S. Senator, 2p, 8x10. Washington, 1842 January 16. To newspaper publisher H.H. Carroll, Esq., Concord, N.H. In full: "Your note of the 11th inst was received last night.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE. Political ALS: "Frank Pierce" as U.S. Senator, 2p, 8x10. Washington, 1842 January 16. To newspaper publisher H.H. Carroll, Esq., Concord, N.H. In full: "Your note of the 11th inst was received last night. It affords me sincere pleasure on several accounts to learn that Colo Barton is nominated for the Rockingham District. Will there be any opposition to Norris in Pittsfield? Who was the competition for the nomination in District No. 4? Your two editorials under the captions 'The Rail Road Question' and 'A Challenge' are capital. The former is one of the most able articles that I have read for a long time. Well said and well deserved. How the resolutions of the various Conventions must annoy that man. How does he take Bartons (sic) nomination? Was that convention packed by the 'young man'? What a _____ clique that must be! [left blank by Pierce, who did not want to use an expletive] I laughed most heartily I assure you over Tracy & Mormonism which I apprehend is more than the Editor of the Advocate can say. His face when he read it must have been a subject for a Painter. What was that man's name, that Gins saved from going over the Bridge? Hill will be compelled to reply to you but he does not specify. If he assails you, I would notice it only as connection with higher objects - principles & the Democratic cause. It seems to me that things are looking decidedly well in New Hampshire and that this is the very time-a most opportune moment to push the circulation of your paper. Prompt and vigorous exertions ought to be made by your friends in all the Counties. I have written to several individuals upon the subject, but it is one of those things which require personal attention. I am quite curious to see Mr Hills next Patriot. He has not been accustomed to furnish either specifications or proof and he will esteem it a thing most unreasonable if he is not permitted to 'cut & carve' without question, comment or reply. Write to me often. Gorr is still here but I believe proposes to leave this week. Kindest regards to Booker. Yr friend & servant." Integral leaf addressed by Pierce to: "H.H. Carroll Esq/Concord/N.H." Docketed, probably by Carroll: "F. Pierce/Jan. 16. 1842". ISAAC HILL (1788-1851) purchased the "American Patriot" in 1809, eventually calling it "Hill's New Hampshire Patriot". It was a speaking piece for the Democratic Party. Railroads had been introduced to New Hampshire in 1838. Hill favored them but questioned their extension with one branch of the Democratic Party. This may be what Pierce is referencing. Hill had been Governor of New Hampshire (1836-1839) and represented the state as a U.S. Senator prior to this letter. He had created a Democratic machine that maintained control until 1855 and carried New Hampshire for Andrew Jackson while the rest of New England traditionally voted for the opposition. Hill's network was most effective in their support for Pierce as President in 1852. Norris was MOSES NORRIS, JR., a member of the N.H. State House of Representatives from Pittsfield and a member of the State Council. He later served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1843-1847) and the U.S. Senate (1849-1855). On February 28, 1842, just six weeks after writing this letter, Pierce, persuaded by his wife, resigned his Senate seat and resumed his law practice in Concord. When the Mexican War began in 1846, Pierce enlisted as a Private in a volunteer company organized at Concord, rising to Colonel in the Infantry. In 1847, he was commissioned Brigadier General in the regular army. While determined to remain in private life, Pierce remained active in local politics, which eventually led to his nomination for President in 1852 as a compromise candidate on the 49th ballot. Folds, 1 vertical touches the "r" in Franklin. Vertical crease also touches it. Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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