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#19 - James K. Polk

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Scarce letter anticipating a visit to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina
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ALS as president, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, May 26, 1847. Letter to Edward Mallet of New York. In part: “Judge Mason and myself, will visit the University of N. Carolina,—and be present at the commencement of the 3rd of June, and I assure you it will give me my every sincere pleasure to have you of our party.—Our arrangements have been made to leave this city on Friday the 28th instant—. We will reach Raleigh on Saturday—and remain there until Monday the 31st—on which day we will go to Chappel Hill.—We will I learn be met at Raleigh by our classmate and esteemed friend the Rev'd Wm. M Green, and a committee from the college...can you not join us at Raleigh & accompany us from that point?—I hope you will do so...We will probably meet many of our classmates & college friends, from whom we have been long separated, and whom we may never have another opportunity to see.” Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), a mounting strip to one edge, light creases and toning, paperclip impression to top edge, and trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition.

Polk had attended the University of North Carolina during its infancy, and his status as the president of the United States was a matter of great pride for the school and the state of North Carolina. Departing from Washington on May 29, Polk's party included his wife, her niece, his private secretary, and fellow UNC alumnus John Y. Mason, who was to deliver the commencement address. The president was met by droves of well-wishers and admirers, many of whom had traveled great distances to see him, and he spent at least an hour shaking hands. The recipient of this letter, Edward J. Mallet, was a classmate of Polk's who practiced law in New York. A scarce, lengthy handwritten presidential letter with a nice academic association. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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