Lot 19: Martin Van Buren handwritten signed letter
12th September 2018
ALS as vice president, signed “M. Van Buren,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 10, July 6, 1836. Letter endorsing a statement of New York's Democratic Party in favor of equal rights. In part: "I have had the Honor to receive your letter with an accompanying 'Declaration of principles' adopted by a 'General Convention of the Democratic Party of the City and County of New York in favour of Equal Rights and opposed to all monopolies,' and return you my thanks for this mark of your respect. In the great principle with which you set out, viz 'that the true foundation of Republican Government is the equal rights of every Citizen, in his person & property, and in their management' I fully concur, and honor and respect all temperate and well directed efforts to protect & enforce it. For my views in regard to other propositions contained in the declaration, and especially to those which relate to the subject of Banks, paper money, Specie currency, and monopolies, you must allow me to refer you to the acts of a public course of no inconsiderable duration in the State & Federal Governments, and to a succession of public declarations heretofore made by me." In fine condition, with splitting to the hinge, and a few old tape repairs. At the Democratic Convention in 1835, Van Buren was chosen as the party's next candidate for president. A desirable statement of Van Buren's political sentiment in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
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