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    Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor" one year before his inauguration as the twelfth president. One and one-quarter pages, 8" x 9.75", Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 1, 1848. From his home, General Taylor declines an invitation to visit Major John B. Butler. Expecting to be summoned to Washington, General Taylor writes in part:

    "I am truly indebted to you for the wish you have expressed that I should visit Cincinnati &c: but I assure you such a journey is at present quite out of the question as Rumors have been rife of the intention to order me again to the sect. of war and tho' all is uncertain, I must maintain myself for a time at least where I may be readily accessible to the communications of the Dept.

    Accept my sincere thanks for the many kind sentiments of regard you have once and heretofore expressed towards me both those of a political & personal nature."

    Major John B. Butler served under General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War and was an early supporter of the general for president. Taylor has boldly signed this lightly-toned letter.

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