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    Millard Fillmore Letter Signed as president. Two pages, 8" x 10", Washington, October 7, 1852, to John Pendleton, the American chargé d'affaires to the Argentine Confederation in "Buenos Ayres"; marked "Private & unofficial." President Fillmore comments on the upcoming presidential election between Franklin Pierce and Winfield Scott and gives instructions to Pendleton regarding affairs in the Argentina Confederation. In part:

    "As you must be aware before this time, I am not a candidate for reelection, and the chances are between Mr. Pierce of New Hampshire and Genl. Scott. What will be the result time only can determine. Both parties seem to be quite confident of success. I regret that public affairs in Buenos Ayres have been in so much confusion during your residence there; but I hope they will finally settle down and that the people will be able to establish as free a government as they are capable of maintaining; and that you will be able to negotiate a commercial treaty that shall open the great rivers of the Argentine Confederation to our commerce. If this can be accomplished before the close of my administration I shall regard it as one of the most important and successful negotiations that has taken place for a long time, and I am very willing that you should share the honor of having effected it."

    President Fillmore appointed John Pendleton (1802-1868), the recipient of this letter and a Virginia politician, chargé d'affaires to the Argentine Confederation one year earlier; Pendleton served until 1854. Less than one month after these comments on the upcoming election, the American people elected Franklin Pierce the fourteenth president. Meanwhile the Argentine Confederation was undergoing unrest that was exasperated by the secession of Buenos Aires in September 1852, which did not return to Argentina until 1861. Smoothed folds; toned. Fillmore's signature is large and bold.

    Also included is a portrait engraving (8.75" x 11") of President Fillmore ("Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers New York.") Minor mat burn around the outer margins.


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