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    James Buchanan Franked Address Leaf bound in an 1841 pro-Van Buren Speech. Speech/of/Mr. Buchanan of Pennsylvania,/in/Defence of the Administration of Mr. Van Buren/against/The Charge of Extravagance in Expending/the/Public Money, 14 pages, 5.5" x 8.5". Board covers, green spine. The address leaf is franked "Free/James Buchanan" and is addressed by him to "William Kintzing Esq/Philadelphia." It is inserted in front of the title page. Buchanan's speech was delivered in the U.S. Senate on January 22, 1841. The pages are lightly foxed. In 1840, Whig William Henry Harrison had been elected President, defeating the incumbent, Democrat Martin Van Buren, and would take office six weeks later. In part, "Mr. Buchanan rose to answer each of the four specific charges of extravagance which had been made by the Senator from Kentucky [Mr. Crittenden] against the present Administration. The Senator had called upon him personally to make this answer; and he undertook the talk with pleasure, not believing it to be one of much difficulty...And in the first place, said Mr. B, permit me to observe, that I, at least, have never introduced into this Senate, as topics of debate, 'log cabins, hard cider, and coon skins;' nor have I ever made an observation here which could be tortured into a reflection upon either the integrity or intelligence of the people of the United States for having elected General Harrison their President..." In the 1840 presidential campaign, Democrats had referred to Harrison as an old man sitting in his cabin, wearing a coon skin cap, drinking hard cider. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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