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    Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor" just weeks before his presidential inauguration. One page, 8" x 10", Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 23, 1849, to Major John B. Butler. In this letter, President-Elect Taylor graciously declines the use of a boat offered by General J. K. Moorhead in Pennsylvania to transport him during the trip from his home in Baton Rouge to Washington for his inauguration on March 4, 1849. The letter reads in part:

    "Your friendly letter of the 5th instant communicating to me the hospitable invitation of Genl. Moorhead to take a free passage on one of his boats from your City to Brownsville on my way to Washington, has been received.

    I beg that you will return to Genl. M. my warmest acknowledgements for this gratifying manifestation of his kind feelings towards me, and to assure him that there is no one to whom I would be sooner indebted for such a civility than to himself. I beg you however to add that when I am ready to leave Pittsburg my limited time will compel me, as in all other cases, to take the first boat at hand. With my best wishes for your happiness."

    General Moorhead and Major Butler were at the Allegheny Arsenal, located near Pittsburg. Their offer was to transport Taylor thirty-five miles south on the Monongahela River to Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Major John B. Butler had served under General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War and was an early, fervid supporter of Taylor during the presidential campaign of 1848. Before Taylor's election, Butler was appointed U.S. Army paymaster at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pennsylvania. This letter contains some minor dampstaining splotches.


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