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    Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor" as the Whig presidential nominee. One page, 8" x 10", Baton Rouge [Louisiana], July 20, 1848. Only three months from the 1848 presidential election, General Zachary Taylor, the Whig nominee, writes this letter to a political supporter, Major John B. Butler of the "Allegheny Arsenal" in Pittsburg, regarding a controversial letter published earlier in 1848 in which Taylor attempted to allay Whig fears about his lack of devotion to the Whig party.

    Taylor begins the letter by thanking Butler for "giving me some very kind suggestions in regard to interrogatories in political subjects which, it is intended to address to me. . . . I beg to assure you that I have not, since the publication of my letter to Capt. Allison, replied to any such inquiries-except to send in some instances a printed copy of that letter. This is the course which I shall continue to follow. . . . Maj. & Mrs. Hunter have arrived in N. Orleans and are expected, Mrs. Hunter certainly, to visit my family to day."

    Early in the 1848 campaign, Taylor refused to identify himself as a Whig, which worried his closest advisors. They wrote a letter for Taylor, explaining his devotion to the party, hoping he would sign it. Despite Taylor's desire for party independence, his advisors convinced him to copy their letter in his own hand, sign it, and address it to Captain John S. Allison of New Orleans, his brother-in-law. In that lengthy letter, Taylor confirmed that he was a Whig, but emphasized that he would not be beholden to any party if elected president. This seemed to placate the Whigs, who, at their national convention held in June, nominated Taylor. Later in September, another letter to Allison was written, again in an attempt to placate the Whigs who continued to doubt Taylor's loyalty to the party. Taylor signed this letter too, going on to win the election held in November. "Major Hunter," mentioned in the letter above, was likely Whig Robert M. T. Hunter, a U.S. Senator from Virginia. "Private" is written at the top of this letter. The postmark and Major Butler's docketing appear on the address page (the fourth integral page). Lined light-blue paper with smoothed folds. A small loss of paper occurs on the address page due to the original opening of the seal (no loss of text). All text and the signature are bold and clear.


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