Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Julia G. Tyler Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two sided, 5" x 8", n.p., August 15, 1888. John Tyler's second wife, Julia Gardiner Tyler, married the president in 1844, acting as First Lady for the last year of his term. Penned less than a year before her death, Mrs. Tyler comments on her financial difficulties in a letter to Mr. Prate. It reads in part: "I enclose on my [church] subscription acct. a check for $100 dated Sept. 6th which is the best I can do at present . . . my expenses more than take up all I receive from month to month so that I am sorely puzzled to make, with the best economy I can practice, both ends meet."

The Tylers married in secrecy and by all accounts loved each other very much. Despite the 30-year difference in their ages, she bore him seven children. Following President Tyler's death in 1862, Julia began having financial difficulties. Though never a wealthy widow, Julia was determined to have her children educated in Canada and Germany, which further depleted her finances. After the Panic of 1873, Julia resorted to selling her New York property and returned to the Tyler's plantation home, Sherwood Forest. Following a pension award given to Mary Todd Lincoln as a president's widow, Julia Tyler launched her own pension campaign and in 1881 she was granted received $1,200 a year, which was later raised to $5,000 a year. Accompanied by a 3.75" x 5.5" engraved color bust of the First Lady. Letter is bright and clean, in very fine condition.


Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
June, 2009
16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 869

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
Consign now
  • Cash Advances
  • More Bidders
  • Trusted Experts
  • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Only 17 days left to consign to the 2016 December 3 Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas!

Learn about consigning with us

Your team did an exceptional job of exceeding our expectations in the advertising, handling and actual auction.
George A. Guck
Director, Facilities and Corporate Services
Frito Lay
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Compete.com)

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2016 September 17 Lincoln and His Times  A joint Auction by Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter in Recognition of the 20th Anniversary of The Railsplitter Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas
2016 September 17 Lincoln and His Times A joint Auction by Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter in Recognition of the 20th Anniversary of The Railsplitter Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas
REALIZED SO FAR $2,460,186

© 2016 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved