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    Millard Fillmore Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages with integral address leaf, 8" x 9.75", Buffalo, New York; March 3, 1844. Letter from Fillmore to his cousin Mrs. A. L. Dixon, Ebensburgh, Pennsylvania, concerning family matters, his wife's health, and the Whig Party's vice presidential nomination in 1844. In part, "... Mrs. F's foot still continues so lame that she can not walk without crutches; and I have concluded that further medical advice is indispensable; and that an easy journey to N.Y. and back might be beneficial....As soon as we return we shall be happy to welcome you again to our house. Mrs. F says you must not fail to come; and if you have any skill in the healing art you must cure her foot... No snow-no sleigh rides-but parties as thick as black berries. I have attended very few. Mrs. Fs. health not permitting her to go or to entertain has kept us at home. You know I am naturally a sober, steady anti social being, and therefore may well be happy in seclusion. But joking aside I have really spent a very happy winter with my family. I am wearied with the excitement of politics and parties, and should have been contented had it not been for the trouble they gave me on the subject of the Vice Presidency. But thank fortune-the convention will soon be held and then that will all be over. Some one else will be nominated and I shall be left for to pursue the even tenor of my plodding life as I choose. Then I shall be happy indeed.... Your affectionate cousin / Millard."

    In July 1842 Fillmore, a prominent Whig politician from Buffalo, New York, announced he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, claiming that he was tired of Washington life and the conflict that had revolved around President Tyler, who assumed the presidency upon the death of Whig William Henry Harrison in 1841. In April 1843, he returned to his law practice. While he was out of office, several Whigs urged Fillmore to run for vice president with Henry Clay, the consensus Whig choice for president in 1844, while others suggested he run for governor of New York. Though in this letter, he claims little interest in the position, Fillmore wanted the vice presidency and actively sought to gain the nomination, hoping to gain the endorsement of the New York delegation to the national convention. Thurlow Weed, the chief advisor and promoter of Fillmore's New York Whig rival William Seward, successfully organized Fillmore defeat at the convention.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds and a few minor tears with paper loss on the address sheet. Some pencil notations on address sheet. Light soiling to exterior cover panels.


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