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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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Born: April 23, 1791 in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
Died: June 1, 1868 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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