James K. Polk Autograph Letter Signed and Initialed.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionJames K. Polk Autograph Letter Signed and Initialed. Two pages, 8" x 10", Washington City; March 17, 1832. Addressed to Samuel H. Laughlin, a newspaperman who published the Banner and business associate of Polk's. In the letter Polk discusses a land deal, political news and a delegation to West Point. It reads in part: "...Major Easton and Wharton are to be visitors at West Point from Tennessee...My friend and constituent Dr. Thomas (who has a son at the Academy) was also an applicant, but he has been disappointed...it will not suit me to purchase your interest in our partnership land. I am as well as yourself considerably indebted and will have use for all my funds...I do not know that I can communicate to you any thing more in politics than what you see in the newspapers..." Signed, "James K Polk" and initialed after the postscript, "J.K.P."
Condition: .25" closed tear to bottom margin. Lightly toned and soiled throughout. Smoothed folds.
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