Lot 16: ALS, one page both sides, 6.25 x 8, July 25, 1867. Letter to Laura Pleasonton, daughter of Buchanan's deceased friend Stephen Pleasonton, in full: "I received your favor of the 20th, and rejoiced to learn that you are getting along so well in the management of your own affairs. I shall be ever ready and willing to give you my advice when requested. I shall send the Certificate for 11 Shares of the stock in the Hazelton Coal Company to have it exchanged for the like number of shares in the Hazelton R.R. Company when I next go to Lancaster. You may, therefore, consider this as done. Mr. & Mrs. Johnston with the Baby & nurse left here on Thursday last for the Beaford Springs. She will return here & pass the months of August & September with me. I hope that after you have paid your visits to your brother and Josephine you may favor us with a visit of a fortnight or as much longer as you may find it agreeable. If you could come in October, this would be charming. I do not intend to visit the Beaford Springs this season. If I should go any where it will be to Long Branch [NJ] or Cape May [NJ] for a few days. I have not the least news to communicate which would be of any interest to you." In fine condition, with one horizontal and one vertical fold. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Buchanan's hand.
Best remembered for moving the government's most valuable books and papers to safety—including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution—before the burning of Washington in 1814, Stephen Pleasonton served as the first 'Fifth Auditor' of the Treasury Department until his death in 1855. Responsible for all domestic accounts pertaining to the Department of State and the Patent Office, as well as countless foreign accounts, he was a well-respected and well-known figure in government circles for decades. Remembering his longtime friend, Buchanan offers advice to Pleasonton's daughter regarding shares in the Hazelton Coal Company, a lucrative mining and rail road company in Pennsylvania. An affectionate letter with nice association to this important and rarely remembered American hero.
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