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    Franklin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed as President. Two pages with blank integral, 7" x 8.75", Washington, D.C.; February 22, 1854. A letter addressed to Hon. Charles J. Faulkner on mourning stationery. In part: "In reply to your note of yesterday inclosing a resolution paper by 'the District Committee appointed to investigate the subject of Military Superintendence of civil works' calling for 'copies of the reports of the commissioners appointed to visit the National armories together with the testimony taken before them.' I would state that the papers called for are so voluminous that the preparation of copies would necessarily involve so great a delay that I perceive no way to comply promptly with call of the committee, but by sending the originals... As the originals are sent for the reason stated above, I desire that they be carefully preserved and received." Pierce lists the reports he is enclosing (not present).

    Franklin had three sons, all of whom died in childhood. His most recent tragedy had occurred the previous year when his son Benjamin died in a train accident. The letter offered has mourning borders, reflecting the grief still felt by Pierce.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, lightly toned throughout. Slight wear at edges, and three small strips of tape on verso. Residue from wax seal at top.


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    April, 2018
    18th Wednesday
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