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Lot #18
Martin Van Buren

Van Buren seeks "one or two fair blooded cows, for milk"

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Van Buren seeks "one or two fair blooded cows, for milk"

ALS signed “M. Van Buren,” one page both sides, 8 x 9.75, April 26, 1843. Letter to Erastus Corning, one of the founders of the New York Central Railroad, in part: "Will you have the goodness to let me know for what price you can obtain for me one or two fair blooded cows, for milk. You will recollect that I informed you that my Farmer propensities do not run in the cattle line…I have however a very fine Durham short horn bull, & I think I ought to give him better employment than my yard affords, if I can do it upon reasonable terms…I have put a sub-soil plough in operation to the amusement of some of my neighbors…I have no doubt of their becoming popular, even in this land of dutch obstinacy and regular habits." Addressed on the reverse of second integral page by Van Buren, who has franked the upper portion, "Free, M. Van Buren." In fine condition, with a small bit of seal-related paper loss to the integral free-franked address leaf.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: August
  • Dates: #533 - Ended August 08, 2018

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