Lot 21: John Tyler - ALS
8th March 2017
ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.25 x 10, April 2, 1832. Letter to Governor James Iredell, Jr., of North Carolina. In part: “Your letter covering the sum of one hundred Dollars was received this morning and the credit duly given. I return you my thanks for the remittance. I scarcely ever knew a man of soul and exalted sentiment who was not in want of money, and I have almost concluded from my observation of mankind that the good things of the world belong only to the low, the groveling, and the mean, but then I am check’d in this conclusion, by the fact that these have no share in the love, respect and gratitude of mankind. I am one of those who prefer this last portion, and like yourself enjoy but in a limited degree the good things which money purchases… We are getting on here after the true dog-hot fashion, faltering much and doing little, and with every prospect before us of a long and protracted session. Professions are abundantly made of attachment to the Union but so far but very feint demonstrations have been made towards the settlement and adjustment of the distracting subject of the Tariff. I have long ceased to regard political professions as any thing, and look only to acts, and when a politician tells of his love of Union, I am ready to exclaim with St. Paul ‘show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.’ I am left exceedingly to doubt whether any thing substantial will be done to satisfy the South, but I am not entirely without hope, that hope is founded on the fact that we have in Congress three Candidates for the Vice Presidency setting down the Van Buren party as the fair representatives of their Delphi Oracle. One candidate for the Presidency and the public lands, and if something cannot be made out of these elements, then shall I be deceived. I have regretted to see movements in some of the Southern States towards Baltimore. Now my opinion decidedly is in favor of non-committal. In other words the South should not shew its hand at this time or at any other, prior to the settlement of the Tariff…I for one will not be so very a slave as to choose among our oppressors. Let them battle it amongst themselves. We sustain blows and injuries at the hands of all. Of the President I have seen but little during the session. His health has been bad during the winter but is now pretty well rested. His reelection is almost certain and the struggle will be for the succession. What think you of another military chieftain. Be not surprized if Richard M. Johnson should be a formidable aspirant. A patriotic song has been written upon him in Philadelphia, and will take the grand rounds, in which he is looked to as the next President. Things equally strange have occurred and why not this.” Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Tyler’s hand to “Hon: James Iredell, Raleighm, N. Carolina,” and franked in the upper right, “Free, J. Tyler, U.S.S.” In fine condition, with small splits at fold intersections and some seal-related paper loss.
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