PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER TRIPLE SGD 10/23/1844 - HFSID 17142
MARTIN VAN BUREN. Third Person ALS: "Mr. Van Buren," 1½p, 5x8, front and verso. Lindenwald, 1844 October 23. In full: "Mr. Van Buren presents his kind regards to his friend Miss Silvester, and begs her to accept of a few Lindenwald pears & grapes.
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MARTIN VAN BUREN. Third Person ALS: "Mr. Van Buren," 1½p, 5x8, front and verso. Lindenwald, 1844 October 23. In full: "Mr. Van Buren presents his kind regards to his friend Miss Silvester, and begs her to accept of a few Lindenwald pears & grapes. Will she have the goodness to send a few of the Pears to Mrs. Wynkoop with Mr. VB's compliments, & also to say to Mrs. Silvester, with Mr VB's best respects, that after full experience he is well satisfied that there is nothing so good to cool off political excitement as good fruit." At the May 27-30, 1844 Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore five months earlier, Van Buren received a majority of the delegates' votes on the first ballot, 146 out of 266 cast, but a two-thirds majority was needed and the nomination eventually went to former Speaker of the House James K. Polk on the ninth ballot. Polk, former Governor of Tennessee, had the support of Tennessean Andrew Jackson. Van Buren, of course, was disappointed that the man who appointed him Secretary of State and chose him to be his Vice President and in 1836, his successor as President, did not support him for President in 1844. Most likely he returned to his Kinderhook, New York home, Lindenwald, and ate some homegrown pears and grapes to cool off. Folds. Light show through of ink. Tape on blank verso of integral sheet lightly shows through, else fine condition.
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