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    Franklin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed with a Second Franking Signature. Three pages, with integral address leaf, 8" x 10", [Washington, D.C.]; July 25, 1841. Letter from Pierce to his wife Jane Pierce in Concord, New Hampshire, concerning family news and how he has been spending his time in the nation's capital while serving in the U.S. Senate. In part: "I feel strongly impelled to say a few words more to my beloved wife before I retire tho' what I can hardly tell. I am so much better tonight than I was yesterday or this morning that I should have been strongly disposed to go up to Mr. Smiths meeting but for a violent thunder storm which commenced about 5 oclock and is not yet entirely over altho' it has seem'd to pass away and then been reversed three or four times. I have had the day as I always chosen to have the Sabbath entirely to myself except when Mr. Williams has been in to ask some question or talk with me for a few minutes. I deplore that my religious feelings are not more [?] and operative, but I strive to guard against that general indifference upon the subject which prevails among the public men who all command him to do the business of a great people, and are resolute in the purpose that the Sabbath day at least to religious reading and reflection & to an examination of my own life, conduct & motives... Good night my beloved wife. My heart is with you always... I think the final question upon that bill will be taken tomorrow and still hope for an adjournment on the 9th of August. I have some letters to answer and have only time to add how true & devotedly I am ever dearest Jeani I am your own affectionate / Frank."

    Pierce married Jane Means Appleton (1806-1863) on November 19, 1834. Jane Pierce was shy, devoutly religious, and an ardent temperance advocate, encouraging Pierce, unsuccessfully, to abstain from alcohol. Constantly ill from tuberculosis and various psychological ailments, Jane convincing her husband to resign his senate seat in 1842 and return to New Hampshire. Her intense dislike of politics and Washington, D.C. created a tension with her husband that would continue throughout Pierce's political ascent to the presidency. They had three sons, all of whom died in childhood.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds, with bright paper. Light soiling along folds of address panel. Collector's identification in pencil on address panel.


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