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    [James Polk] Archive of Letters Pertaining to James K. Polk's Election as President in 1844. Includes:
    Autograph Letter Signed "Joseph Clarke", three pages with address panel bearing the Cincinnati, Ohio postmark, 7.5" x 10.5", December 2, 1844, to James K. Polk, Nashville, Tennessee. The writer sends hearty congratulations to Polk upon winning the presidency. In part: "Fearful hath been the struggle through which the Democracy of our Land hath passed... Virtue, honesty, and fidelity in the Democracy hath triumphed - Gloriously triumphed over the entire hast of Whiggery, and the Isms which were brought to bear upon us..." He further advises the president-elect to "be humble - be meek - be good - be firm." Stains, splits along folds, good condition.
    Also, six letters, all octavo, from various locations, between November 14, 1849 and January 6, 1845, to Sarah Polk, Columbia, Tennessee. This correspondence is primarily congratulatory as the recipient was soon to become the First Lady. Typical stains and splits, the letters average good condition.
    Manuscript Document "Decr 24th 1844 - A list of Shrubry (sic) & flowers for the Selection of Mrs. J. K. Polk at her retirement from the City of Wasington [sic] to the State of Tennessee - taken from the florists Manual...", one page, 7.5" x 12.25", light browning, small split, good condition; two folded envelopes, one addressed to James Knox Polk in Columbia, Tennessee and the other addressed to Sarah Polk at the same location. Stains, soiling and creases. Good condition.
    From a foreign policy perspective, Polk's was one of the more dynamic administrations in American history. War with Mexico, near war with Britain over the Pacific Northwest and the annexation of Texas all transpired during his term in office.



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