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#27 - James K. Polk

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Mourning the loss of William Henry Harrison with “fasting and prayer throughout the U. States”

ALS, one page, 7.25 x 12.25, April 30, 1841. Letter to John W. Ford, marked “Private” at the top by Polk. In full: “Since writing to you proposing appointments at V. Buren C.H. McMinnville & Woodbury, I have learned that President Tyler has recommended the day preferred for Woodbury—(Friday the 14th May) as one of fasting and prayer throughout the U. States. Upon learning this fact my opinion is that it would not be proper for me to address the people on that day. It would be improper in itself—and might be seized upon and used by my political opponents. I have to request therefore that you will countermand the notices for the appointment for Woodbury—for the 14th May, & say to the people, that I will appoint some other day—for Woodbury—before the canvass ends. I rely upon you to give the notices for Van Buren C.H. for Wednesday the 12th and McMinnville on Thursday the 13th May. Can you meet me at V.B. Court House on the 12th? The finest spirit prevails in this Democratic region." Reverse of second integral page is addressed in Polk’s hand to Ford. In very good condition, with letter having been professionally silked, intersecting folds, and uniform toning from previous display. Polk would lose the upcoming Tennessee gubanatorial election to James C. Jones, and lose to him again two years later. When William Henry Harrison died after only serving 32 days in office, President Tyler declared a national day of mourning three weeks later. A respectful nod to the recently-deceased president, despite Polk’s urgent need to campaign. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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