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    James Buchanan's acting First Lady

    Harriet Lane Johnston Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, on black-bordered mourning stationery, approximately 4.25"x 6.75", "Park Avenue", May 11, 1886. Bachelor President James Buchanan enlisted his niece Harriet Lane Johnston to act as the First Lady (1857-1861). Years later, she answers a request from an author regarding a likeness of her uncle: "It will give me great pleasure to aid you, in any way in my power, to get a presentable likeness of my dear Uncle for your book. I have a very good bust, in marble, of Mr. Buchanan & I will have it photographed for you if it can be successfully done. I have also a bust portrait of Mr. Buchanan when Secretary of State, which I will send you when the photograph is finished. I expect to be in New York, in the next two weeks, & can then perhaps better understand, by a personal interview, what are your wishes & views about the portrait. Believe me, Yours very sincerely, Harriet Lane Johnston." Lightly toned and very boldly penned. Accompanied by two 3.5" x 5.5" postcard reproductions of Harriet Lane Johnston and James Buchanan.


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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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