Lot 12: John Tyler, ALS as vice president
11th January 2017
ALS as vice president, one page, 8 x 10, March 11, 1841. Letter to United States Secretary of the State Daniel Webster, in full: “I cannot too strongly bring to your notice, the name and pretensions of Henry W. Hilliard of Montgomery, Alabama. He is desirous of visiting Europe, and desires the appointment of Charge des affairs to Belgium in the event of a vacancy. I had the pleasure of meeting with him at Harrisburg, and through others have heard of him often during the past year. His addresses before the public conventions which have been held during that time, have been characterized by talents of a very high order, and I have reason to believe that his appointment would meet the general wish of our friends in Alabama. I wish you to bring his name, at the proper time before the President.” In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, and a block of toning from prior display. As of this date, Tyler had served as the nation’s tenth vice president for a total of eight days; less than a month later he would secure the country’s top position following the tragic death of President Harrison.
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