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    Zachary Taylor Autograph Letter Signed "Z. Taylor" as Major General. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Baton Rouge, July 30, 1848, to "J. B. Boid" in response to a request for an autograph. The future president replies, in full:

    "Your highly esteemed letter of the 19th inst. was this moment received, in which you say among other matters "I take the liberty of thus intruding upon your valuble [sic] time respectfully to ask the favor of a few lines in reply, from your own pen, which may serve as your autograph, which I desire to place in a collection of such memorials of the great & distinguished men of my country; I have been fortunate in securing original autograph letters of all the great spirits of the Revolution, Washington & his Cabinet among them.

    "Such is the multiplicity of my investments at this moment, I have barely time to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, to comply with your request, which I do with much pleasure, & to thank you most sincerely for the high compliment you contemplate paying me by placing my humble name among those referred to, particularly those of Washington, his Cabinet, & other com-patriots of the Revolution; an honor I did not expect, & much fear I do not deserve."

    Mounted to a backing sheet, the letter is lightly, but evenly toned. Lower right corner is missing, but the hole is repaired. The text is very bold as is Taylor's signature.

    "Old Rough and Ready" saw action during the War of 1812, Black Hawk's War, the Second Seminole War, and was a hero of the Mexican War during his extensive forty year career. His leadership during the American victories at the battles of Palo Alto and Monterrey helped propel him to victory over Lewis Cass during the presidential election of 1848. He would not hold that office long, however, as he died just over one year into his term, only the second president to do so.


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