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Julia G. Tyler Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two sided, 5" x 8", n.p., August 15, 1888. John Tyler's second wife, Juli...

2009 June Grand Format Historical Manuscripts Auction #6026

 
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Auction Ended On: Jun 16, 2009
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Julia G. Tyler Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two sided, 5" x 8", n.p., August 15, 1888. John Tyler's second wife, Julia Gardiner Tyler, married the president in 1844, acting as First Lady for the last year of his term. Penned less than a year before her death, Mrs. Tyler comments on her financial difficulties in a letter to Mr. Prate. It reads in part: "I enclose on my [church] subscription acct. a check for $100 dated Sept. 6th which is the best I can do at present . . . my expenses more than take up all I receive from month to month so that I am sorely puzzled to make, with the best economy I can practice, both ends meet."

The Tylers married in secrecy and by all accounts loved each other very much. Despite the 30-year difference in their ages, she bore him seven children. Following President Tyler's death in 1862, Julia began having financial difficulties. Though never a wealthy widow, Julia was determined to have her children educated in Canada and Germany, which further depleted her finances. After the Panic of 1873, Julia resorted to selling her New York property and returned to the Tyler's plantation home, Sherwood Forest. Following a pension award given to Mary Todd Lincoln as a president's widow, Julia Tyler launched her own pension campaign and in 1881 she was granted received $1,200 a year, which was later raised to $5,000 a year. Accompanied by a 3.75" x 5.5" engraved color bust of the First Lady. Letter is bright and clean, in very fine condition.

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