Known as a gracious hostess, a former First Lady tells a fan she has no Washington autograph to add to his collection
First Lady who became legendary for her gracious manners and prowess as a hostess and who was acknowledged as a powerful asset to husband James Madison’s political career. In 1814, she famously saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington as British soldiers advanced on the nation’s capital, barely escaping with the national treasures as the White House was occupied and looted. For the remainder of her life she retained a place of honor in Washington society and was granted a lifelong seat on the floor of the House of Representatives. ALS signed “D. P. Madison,” one page, 8 x 10, July 4, 1842. Polite letter to an autograph seeker who wrote looking to acquire other signatures. In full, “I regret Sir that it is not in my power to comply with your request for other autographs than the enclosed having given away before your application all but one of each lady (addressed to me) whose names you desire to preserve. The letters of General Washington have also been divided among friends as far as a view to history would allow.” In very good condition, with several moderate intersecting mailing folds, one affecting a couple letters of signature and some scattered light soiling and wrinkling, and a stain in lower left blank portion. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.
#356 - Ended April 14, 2010
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