PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/09/1840 - HFSID 28145
MARTIN VAN BUREN As President he signs an 1840 autograph letter to his former Attorney General (Benjamin F. Butler) about complicated arrangements for securing a personal loan "in haste." ALS: "M. Van Buren" as President, 1½ pages, 8x9¼. Washington, 1840 March 9.
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MARTIN VAN BUREN
As President he signs an 1840 autograph letter to his former Attorney General (Benjamin F. Butler) about complicated arrangements for securing a personal loan "in haste."
ALS: "M. Van Buren" as President, 1½ pages, 8x9¼. Washington, 1840 March 9. To his former Attorney General, Benjamin F. Butler. In full: "Our friend Major Donelson goes to N York upon business which he will explain to you & in regard to which I hope he may be successful. I have given him a letter to Mr Newbold to be used if you & he would find it necessary, in which case it will be best for you to call on Mr. N. & make his necessary explanations. As the security will be the very best that can be offered & the payments doubtly functional, I cannot doubt that you & he will be able to obtain the Loan. In haste." MARTIN VAN BUREN had served as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State (1829-1831) and Vice President (1833-1837) before becoming President (1837-1841). Major Donelson was ANDREW JACKSON DONELSON, who was brought up at the Hermitage by his uncle, Andrew Jackson. Donelson later served as his uncle's private secretary in the White House. BENJAMIN F. BUTLER was Jackson and Van Buren's Attorney General from 1833-1838. He had been Van Buren's law partner. Butler was in New York at this time as Van Buren had appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1838. Folds, vertical fold at the "a" in Van. Lightly creased, 1 diagonal at lower right corner. Mounting remnants at upper right corner. Light show-through. Overall, fine condition.
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