PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/26/1833 - HFSID 4827
Sale Price $1,445.00
MARTIN VAN BUREN
The month he became Vice President, Van Buren penned this patronage recommendation to the Postmaster General.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Van Buren" as Jackson's Vice President, 1½p, 4½x7½, front and verso, separate sheets. No place, 1833 March 26.To Major William T. Barry, Jackson's Postmaster General.In full: "This will be handed to you by Mr Washington of Virginia who has been very earnestly recommended to me by our friends there. He desires a clerkship for which Judge Parker and Mr. Nicholas think him well qualified. If you can do any thing for him I shall be highly gratified." Integral address leaf in Van Buren's hand to: "Wm T. Barry Esq/Washington DC." Docket penned perpendicular to address: "Mr. B./Address letter to/Alexandria Va./or Mrs Strothers/Perrin Washington". Judge Parker was probably RICHARD ELLIOTT PARKER (1783-1840), a Virginia judge of the General Court and Circuit Court of Virginia who later served in the U.S. Senate (1836-1837). Mr. Nicholas was probably ROBERT CARTER NICHOLAS (1793-1857), nephew of late Virginia Congressmen John and Wilson Nicholas, who later represented Louisiana in the U.S. Senate. MAJOR BARRY served in the War of 1812 as secretary and Aide-de-Camp to Kentucky's first Governor, Isaac Shelby. He was Jackson's Postmaster General from 1829-1835. Jackson appointed him U.S. Minister to Spain on May 1, 1835, but Barry died in Liverpool, England on August 30, 1835, en route to Madrid. On May 23, 1832, VAN BUREN was nominated to be Jackson's Vice President. They won by a landslide over Henry Clay and John Sergeant. In 1836, Van Buren was elected eighth U.S. President. Minor touch-up of some letters by Van Buren. Mid-vertical fold separates letter from address leaf, which is held at 2 places by clear tape. Horizontal fold underlines the signature, ½-inch vertical tear affects a word on signature page (all letters intact). Lightly creased.
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