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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/28/1869 - HFSID 35632

FRANKLIN PIERCE Franklin Pierce sends an autograph letter about the family realty business seven months before his death. Autograph Letter Signed: "Franklin Pierce", 2p, 5x7¾, front and verso. Concord, 1869 February 28. To Charles A. Harnden, Esq., Hillsboro, N.H.

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FRANKLIN PIERCE
Franklin Pierce sends an autograph letter about the family realty business seven months before his death.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Franklin Pierce", 2p, 5x7¾, front and verso. Concord, 1869 February 28. To Charles A. Harnden, Esq., Hillsboro, N.H. In full: "Your note of the 24th inst with draft for $100 enclosed by you on the Wiley note came safely and promptly. Mr. Stephen Brown informed me the other day that my Brother had given him a warrant deed on which to erect a black smith shop. Brown is a clever fellow and I shall make him no trouble about the title. But it must not be understood that hereafter that any title to land in Hillsboro will be ratified by me unless a writing to that effect be provided prior to the conveyance. Will you let me know by letter the Christian name of John Small's son who is I think in business at Nashua? And also whether Mrs. Potter is at Hillsboro and if not where a letter will reach her. I presume young Mr. Potter at the Bridge may know." The brother referred to by the former President was HENRY DEARBORN PIERCE (1812-1880), his sole surviving brother; three older brothers had predeceased him. MRS. POTTER most probably was the wife of CHARLES EASTMAN POTTER who was a prominent New Hampshire newspaper writer, scholar, lawyer and soldier. He was Colonel in charge of the Amoskeag veterans of Manchester who visited with Pierce in Washington while he was President. He died the year before this letter. Franklin Pierce lived in retirement in Concord after his wife Jane's death in 1863. Seven months after writing this letter, on October 8, 1869, Pierce died of a stomach inflammation. He was buried at Old North Cemetery next to his wife and three sons, Franklin (1836-1836), Frank (1839-1843) and Benjamin (1841-1853). "Gen. Franklin Pierce" has been penned in an unidentified hand at upper left of first page. Slightly soiled. Folds, vertical one touches the "an" in Franklin. Tape remnants on front touch upper left and right corners. Overall, fine condition.

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