Lot 23: John Tyler

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:58:43

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Lot 23: ALS, one page both sides, 8.25 x 13.5, November 11, 1845. Just eight months after leaving the White House, Tyler writes to his nephew Boswell from his new home at Sherwood Forest. In part: "I send you three bonds which I wish to collect if you can…I do not wish to sue…John can tell you all about Coffee—he was insolvent when I left…and it may be that he is better now. I paid Johnny O'Neill three Dollars 56 cts as the enclosed note from him will show. If he is still alive you can ask payment, otherwise not…These are small matters, but the world is made up of atoms, and for myself I have incurred pretty heavy expenses in fitting up this place and dollars whether few or many are important to me." Intersecting folds, scattered creases, and light soiling, otherwise fine condition. Tyler had purchased a plantation in Virginia in 1842, naming it Sherwood Forest to signify his status as an 'outlaw' from the Whig Party. He retired to the estate after leaving the White House in March 1845, remaining there for the rest of his life. A superb handwritten letter offering insight into his immediate post-presidential life. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $1500-2000
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