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    Joseph Pannell Tyler Archive. Joseph P. Tyler was a lieutenant in the War of 1812, a colonel in the Mexican-American War, a Union general and commissary general during the American Civil War, and the brother of President Zachary Taylor.

    Offered here is a collection of eight personal letters written between the years 1836 and 1852, each addressed to Tyler's father-in-law, Justice John McLean, during McLean's tenure as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The letters primarily contain news of Tyler's wife Evelyn, their children, and the events in their household. One letter, dated December 30, 1844, broaches the subject of possible war with Mexico in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas. It reads, in part: "We have had here many rumors of war with Mexico, but I doubt very much if the Captain will be able to get up one during his short reign, if he does not succeed, certainly the blame cannot be laid at his door for it seems he has done his utmost to accomplish it."

    One letter bears heavy wear and chipping along one edge; all others are near fine to fine condition.

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