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    Julia Gardiner Tyler Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8"; "Sherwood Forest"; May 3, 1877. A letter from the impoverished First Lady to Secretary of State William M. Evarts asking for money to pay a settlement ruled against her. In part: "...These & debts of my own I had hoped to have paid before this by the sale of the Farmers Rest estate. Your intention to become the purchaser caused me to withdraw it from the market, but matters have assured such a shape that I am forced to appeal to you & imposing for the hundredth time perhaps, upon your kindness. I must have $1000 between now and the 1st June -- $500 of which there is immediate need of, that is by the 18th of this month... Nothing can be stronger evidence of the present urgency than my disturbing you in this way..."

    The First Lady was forced to return to Sherwood Forest, the family home she established with President Tyler, from Washington due to severe financial hardship. As referenced in this letter, funds were needed to pay a settlement; Sherwood Forest had been ordered sold in order to pay this debt, but eventually another property would be sold.

    William Evarts was an important contact for Mrs. Tyler. He helped secure federal jobs for two Tyler sons, and lobbied heavily to help her secure a presidential widow's pension. Although Mary Lincoln secured a pension of $3000 a year in 1870, Tyler would not secure a pension until 1881. President Tyler was a supporter of the Confederacy, and the First Lady was an advocate of slavery; both would suggest that Evarts who originally hailed from Massachusetts and would later serve as senator from New York, would not be receptive to advocating for the First Lady. But Mrs. Tyler was the daughter of the Gardiner family, a wealthy and influential New York family. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Flattened folds, with three small mounting remnants at top and bottom of pages 2 and 3 (not affecting any text). Boldly docketed on page 4.

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