Lot 15: Very scarce ALS signed "D. P. Madison," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, June 22, 1840. Brief letter to Richard Smith at the Bank of the Metropolis, in full: "Will you again permit me to ask the favour of your attention to a renewal of my note in the Bank of the Metropolis? Accept my assurance of constant regard." Reverse of second integral page addressed in Madison's hand, "Richard Smith Esq., Cashr of the Bank of the Metropolis, Washington," and franked at the top, "Free, D. P. Madison." Address panel bears a June 23, Orange, Ohio postmark. In fine condition, with light stains, and some seal-related paper loss to reverse of second integral page.
The death of her husband in 1836 presented an assortment of financial problems for Dolley Madison. Her inability to settle her own debts, or of those she owed her family, were compounded by the March 1840 publication of her husband's papers. To complicate matters further, the publication process was met with a series of obstacles, including an accusation that James Madison's promise to free his slaves upon his death had been thwarted—purportedly by her. A decidedly tumultuous period in the life of the former first lady.
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