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    John Tyler Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 8", n.p. [Washington], n. d. [circa 1841]. John Tyler was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency upon the death of a president. Just one month into his term, President William Henry Harrison took ill and died on April 4, 1841. Vice President Tyler was summoned to Washington, D.C., from his home in Virginia and took the oath of office on April 6, 1841. Five months later, on September 10, Tyler's wife Letitia passed away. In the midst of his mourning, much of his correspondence went unanswered.

    Writing to his secretary of war, John Bell, he writes, in full: "Will you at some moment of leisure give to Mr. Woodside an interview, or what might be better, direct the head of the Engineer bureau to have such interview, and report its result. I think it well to look into such matters as Mr. W. has in hand as something valuable might accrue to the public." Bell served as Tyler's secretary of war until September, 1841, when he resigned. He would later run as the Constitutional Unionist Party candidate for president in the 1860 election.

    Moderately toned at the upper edge; one spot near the president's name, but does not affect the signature. Else fine.


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