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    Zachary Taylor Free Frank Signature with Accompanying Betty Bliss Autograph Letter Signed. The president has placed his signature, "Z. Taylor," upon a blue envelope addressed to Mrs. William Taylor at New Orleans, postmarked twice, once on April 1 and again on April 9, just three months before his death.

    With the envelope is the original four page autograph letter from Taylor's youngest daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bliss (1824-1909), who often served as First Lady in lieu of her mother, dated April 1, 1850. Betty's husband, Col. William W. Bliss, had served under her father during the Mexican War and was appointed as Taylor's private secretary during his short presidency. The letter, addressed to the wife of her cousin, William Taylor, reads at the upper edge: "Commit this to the flames as soon as read." In it, she discusses family matters and the death of former vice president, John C. Calhoun: "You will no doubt hear . . . through the newspapers of Mr. Calhoun's death. He died yesterday morning and is to be buried tomorrow. His death has been daily looked for, for some weeks." It is likely she wants the letter burned and she has illegally used her father's signature to send the letter. Folds are weakened with some separation at the edges. From the Collection of a Minnesota Gentleman.

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    October, 2014
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
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