PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/07/1865 - HFSID 4987
FRANKLIN PIERCE Franklin Pierce sends a black bordered autograph letter about a mutual friend. Black-bordered Autograph Letter Signed: "Franklin Pierce", 4p, 5x8, front and verso. Concord, N.H., 1865 July 7. To Mrs. Sarah F. Webster, City of New York.
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Franklin Pierce sends a black bordered autograph letter about a mutual friend.
Black-bordered Autograph Letter Signed: "Franklin Pierce", 4p, 5x8, front and verso. Concord, N.H., 1865 July 7. To Mrs. Sarah F. Webster, City of New York. In full: "I was glad to receive your note and altho applications for autographs have become so numerous that I rarely answer them nowadays, I find true pleasure in complying with your request for your cousin. Sidney writes less frequently than I could desire, and I should have known nothing of his cruise off the coast of Maine but for an accidental meeting with his Brother in Boston on the 5th. I hope he may touch our coast and move his yacht in the Piscataqua on the 18th. His friend Colo George is to be married at Portsmouth that day to Miss Salvadora M. Graham daughter of Colo Graham of the U.S. Engineer Corps. I have little doubt that this yachting trip will do Sidney good in all respects, tho the account he gave me of his experience at Sea would have led me to infer that he was not likely to commit himself to its restless bosom for pastime. His enjoyment of the scenery along the coast is conclusive evidence that he is becoming a better sailor. When he proposed some time ago to make the trip to England with me and I intimated a disposition to accept the proposition, I laughed heartily at the promptness with which he hastened to tell me that so far from going he was quite startled by the report of his own grit. I am glad that Hamilton enjoys the freedom of Country life and do not object at all to his fondness for horses. I hope he will come here sometime to critisize (sic) and possibly to pass an approving judgment upon mine. Dear little fellow! I think of him very often. With kindest regards to yr Father & Mother - to the boys - that were - I should say young Gentlemen now and to your Sisters I am always & affectionately yours." The stationery is black-bordered because of the death of Pierce's wife, JANE MEANS APPLETON PIERCE, on December 2, 1863. The only President to be denied re-nomination, Pierce left for a tour of Europe in November 1857, eight months after leaving office. He and Jane made another lengthy trip to the Continent before settling down in Concord. "COLONEL GEORGE" was Pierce's former law partner. COLONEL CHARLES K. GRAHAM, whose daughter Salvadora was getting married to George at Portsmouth, had been severely wounded at Gettysburg, where a New Hampshire regiment also suffered heavy losses. He later became Chief Engineer of the Dock Department (1873-1875) and surveyor of the Port of New York (1878-1883). Pierce died just four years after this letter (October 8, 1869) and is buried in Concord's Old North Cemetery alongside his wife and three sons. No children survived him. Light vertical fold touches the "an" in "Franklin". Ink smudge affects 2 words. Fine condition.