Lot 28: William Henry Harrison

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2016-01-22 16:27:20

Lot 28: Letter signed "Robert," one page, 8 x 12.5, June 14, 1840. Letter about meeting Harrison during his presidential campaign. In part: "We had a splendid Whig celebration, at least 20,000…among the member present was Gen William H Harrison, Thomas Ewing, Thomas Corwin and many other worthy Whigs from N.Y. City to far West of this. I spent and hour in the morning with Harrison at this lodging found him very agreeable and pleasant in private. While there in the morning the delegation from western Pennsylvania called on him amounting to about 40 or 50 persons presented him with a very valuable coin and among their number was four persons who had fought under him at Tipecanoe…and the Thames. After which he addressed them in the most appropriate terms, tendering his sincere thanks for the valuable article thus presented said the mottos on it were to him very gratifying and he hope and trusted it would be support to him during the ballance of his life and that Pennsylvania was remembered by him with heartfelt gratitude that in the hour of battle her aid was…by the best of soldiers and other mercenaries and in peace he had not been forgotten by her and to the four soldiers present he expressed himself under many and deep obligations and gratitude and hope their latter days me be as happy as they merited. And on the date I heard him speak to the assembly one and a half or two hours and I do assure you he is one of the smartest old Gent. I am acquainted with he appears…mind clear voice good and the Whig sentiments by him delivered were not to be beat. I think the impression he made on the minds of the assembly by his personal attendance were very favorable to his election. In pursuance however much handle will be made of it by opposers. When I lived in Maine I thought it ridiculous for a candidate to come out and make stump speeches etc. as they are accustomed to do in this country but the more I see of it the more reconciled I become to it. Now in Harrison's speech he labored much to show the importance of our form of government over any others and the necessity of the watchfulness and care over it. And an attention to prudence in every department of government as also with corporations, associations, and even individuals. He referred to much that he considered miss rule or management of the present and past administration and also alluded to the promises made by them and the manner they have been kept. And then refered to the impropriety of presidential candidates making promises as they might be made to suit the present occassion and kept as those of the past executors. He thought the history of a person political principals together with the character they have formed or sustained were the surist guarantee. He provided I think to the mind of every candid person present that when the sub treasury bill and the militia bill now before congress should pass what the executive in the chair would possess every power and attribute necessary to entitle and constitute him a monarch whatever might be his style. And I think assembly much awakened on the subject. I will endeavor soon to send you a paper soon containing a more full description of the celebration speeches etc. than I can give you. One thing however I must mention those the General was dressed in domestick cloth much as you would expect from a perfectly independent prudent farmer and while speaking on the fact oh- his hard cider out of a 2 qt. brown earthen pitcher. I look for a change in our administration and think it necessary and worth attending to. I handed him a copy of the genealogy of our ancestors and desired if he had any knowledge of them to leave me a note but have rec'd none. Summer is extremely warm and vegetation…on the 11th last I saw new hay in markets and on the 11th new potatoes. Crops appear promising except wheat which is injured much with the flies, so much sop that wheat has risen lately…per bush. I am pursuing my canal work with a force of about 50 men and expect to finish in Oct next. I expect this canal job the most lasting monument of my exertions that I shall have to generations to come. And it would give me much satisfaction for you to see it once. The health of my family is good and my own tolerable. I have been a little inside up with exertion and canals fare (I board in a shanty away the men and love differently from what I should as you know I am a baby about my food like pies, cake etc. but am now better." In very good condition, with seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf and scattered staining not affecting readability. RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469 Wednesday, 10th February 2016 Estimate: $800-1200
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