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#20 - Zachary Taylor

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Incredibly early Taylor letter from 1809

ALS signed “Z. Taylor,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, April 23, 1809. Letter to Walker Read. In full: “Agreeable to your request I waited on Mr. Jones who had your horse. I tried for some time to dispose of him for cash but the most I had offered for him was forty dollars. I have sold him to Mr. Jones on a credit of twelve months for fifty dollars he pays for the keeping the horse for 20 weeks which leves [sic] a balance of 30 weeks if you could make any arrangement to take salt the note will be paid off at any time but if not you may depend upon receiving the money when due.” Reverse of the second integral page is addressed to Read in another hand, and bears a scarce Louisville postmark. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, a couple passing through signature, and a couple repairs to tears on second page. Accompanied by a typed transcript of the letter as well as its folder from the Rosenbach Company. Taylor had joined the US Army less than a year earlier, receiving a commission as a first lieutenant in response to the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, in which an American vessel had been boarded by a British warship, prompting calls for war. This letter, signed by the 25-year-old soldier on the rise, is the earliest from Taylor we have seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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