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    John Tyler Autograph Letter Signed as President. One page with integral blank, 7.75" x 9.8"; "Presidents House Feb. 12. 1842." A letter to Henry Clay enclosing a letter (not present) that was mistakenly delivered to Tyler: "I have received this morning through the post office under the accompanying envelope the enclosed letter from Gov. [George] Poindexter to yourself, and presuming that it has been either lost by you or surreptitiously obtained from you, I lose not a moment in restoring it to your possession. The envelope is sent along with the letter in order that you may compare it with the hand writing of the letter itself, or refer to any other test you may think proper - nothing else accompanied the letter - You will not fail to appreciate the sole motive by which I am actuated. / John Tyler."

    President Tyler's language is cautious, as this erroneously received letter could not have occurred at a worse time. Once friends and Whig allies, Tyler and Clay were at odds regarding strategy to revive the weak national economy. Clay believed strongly in the re-establishment of a national bank had been instrumental in authoring two bills to create national bank legislation the previous year. Living true to his role as "The Great Compromiser", Clay solicited input from Tyler in crafting both bills to ensure that the President would sign the legislation into law. On both occasions, Tyler vetoed the legislation; and in September 1841 all but one of Tyler's cabinet resigned in protest.

    In February 1842, the month the letter offered here was written, an economic crisis loomed and Clay was actively proposing plans including tariffs and budget cuts. Within weeks, Clay would resign his seat in the Senate to prepare to campaign for president. Clay, who had once stepped aside and supported Tyler's place on the Whig ticket, would soon directly challenge Tyler to secure the Whig nomination in the 1844 election.

    Condition: Exceptionally bold ink. Age toning and scattered foxing, with stray stains. Partial separations along both horizontal folds have been repaired at an earlier time with paper tabs and archival tape. Tiny bits of paper loss occur along integral fold. Toning and soiling heavier on verso of integral fold, where a docket appears.


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