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    John Tyler Autographed Letter Signed as President. One-page, 8" x 10"; Charles City Court House; May 28, 1843. A letter to Mr. Smith, acting secretary of the navy, in which President Tyler makes a recommendation concerning the vacant position of Naval Store Keeper.


    Intelligence having reached me of the death of Mr. Selden Naval Store Keeper, I desire a commission to be made out for William Crump for the place - Direct to Macon P.O. Powhatan County Virginia.

    I shall return to Washington in a few days.

    Be apprised of my respect

    J. Tyler

    Two days before this letter was written, Cary Selden, Naval Store Keeper for seventeen years, died. In this letter President Tyler asks the acting secretary of the navy to tender a commission to William Crump to fill the position. Apparently, this never occurred, since James Selden (1793-1847), Cary Selden's brother, was appointed to fill his brother's position. The fact that this did not happen may be due to Tyler's strained relationship with the Whigs, despite being elected as Vice President under the first Whig president, William Henry Harrison. Once Tyler took office in 1841 in the wake of the sudden death of Harrison, he alienated many in his party by supporting measures opposed by many Whig leaders.

    Condition: With flattened folds and scattered foxing. Ink smudges throughout. Slight mat burn on recto and mounting remnants on verso from previous framing. Together with an engraving of Tyler.

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