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#49 - James Buchanan

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His nation divided, the ex-president reflects: “I should be a happy man were it not for the troubles of the country”
Description                           Estimate: $600 - 800          

ALS, one page both sides, 6.75 x 8.25, March 17, 1862. Letter to family friend Laura Pleasanton, in part: “I am living here in peace & contentment & should be a happy man were it not for the troubles of the country. Through the blessing of providence I enjoy better health than I had reason to expect at my age which is now nearly seventy one. How changed must be the society of Washington! To me the resident society was charming. Indeed I had vainly hoped to pass a portion of every year with you; but this dream of happiness like so many others has been dissipated. A new society now predominates instead of the old familiar faces & one in which to say the least, I would not be welcome. I scarcely understand your request concerning the ‘Power of attorney of attorney [sic] for brother to execute.’ There seems to be some confusion in this matter. The two certificates belong, I presume, to your father’s estate & were, therefore, taken in my name as trustee under his will. They are in trust for Clementine & yourself & therefore, I presume you could draw the interest without any power from me. If not let Hopkins send me a blank power of attorney to yourselves such as you desire to draw the interest, or to any other person for your use, & I shall execute & return it immediately.” In fine condition. His reputation marred by his poor handling of the gradual Southern succession, Buchanan left office at the very nadir of his popularity. Written a year after leaving the White House, this letter reveals a glimpse into how Buchanan would defend his presidency for the remainder of his life. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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