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    [James Buchanan] Contemporary Copy of an Interview with Former President Buchanan. Two pages, two-sided, 7.75" x 12.5", Harrisburg PA, October 1, 1862. Following an interview about the War Between the States with the former president at his home, reporter J. Ridenour Jr. wrote to Buchanan to ensure that he had quoted the president correctly, and asking for Buchanan's endorsement of Ridenour's reporting. This is a contemporary copy of Ridenour's letter to Buchanan.

    It reads in part: "After I left Wheatland yesterday. . . . I was congratulating myself on the prospects of being instrumental so far as possible, in satisfying the American people of the loyalty of their once, much respected President. . . . I will state what I understood you to say to me yesterday, to wit. . . . That this war was brought on by the Southern Rebels. That [the] Pres.t had done all in his power to keep out of the War and now that the war was forced upon him, it was his bounden duty to prosecute the war to a speedy and honorable peace. That there was no such thing as a compromise with the Rebels and that if you were in the President's Chair, you would have your right arm severed from your body before you would sign a compromise or acknowledge one inch of their infernal Southern Confederacy." Accompanied by an envelope addressed to A. G. Curtin, governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Letter is beautifully penned and is in exceptional condition; crisp, white, and pristine.

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