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1856 James Buchanan Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533

Addendum: Please note that the stationery bears a watermark of President Buchanan.

One-page handwritten letter, dated "London, 11 February 1856," signed by James Buchanan (1791-1868), fifteenth President of the United States. In his letter, Buchanan writes to a Mrs. Smith in fulfillment of a request. In full: "My dear Mrs. Smith, I cheerfully comply with your request & furnish this token of regard for your Album. I trust we may meet again in our native land & there renew that friendly social intercourse from which I have derived so much pleasure since your arrival in England. James Buchanan." Both the text and signature have been flawlessly scripted in black ink, grading "10." Buchanan was serving as minister to the Court of St. James (in London), a position he held from 1853 to 1856, at the time of this letter. Upon arriving home, Buchanan received the Presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, held in June 1856. He then defeated Republican John C. Frémont in the Presidential election, serving for one term (1857-1861). The letter (7 x 9 inches) is unevenly toned, with a tiny chip in the upper right corner; otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $533


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