Lot 5019: ALS signed "Mrs. James K. Polk," one page, lightly-lined, 7.75 x 9.75, July 28, 1865. Written from "Polk Place," a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, seeking a pardon for a Confederate relative, in part: "Will you be pleased to excuse me for taking the privilege of addressing you this letter & enclosing one to the President [Andrew Johnson]. I have recently applied to the President for a pardon to the application of Genl J. C. Brown of Tenn., who is a relative & special friend. The President's health, and the great press of business, & the absence of Col. Browning…I am led to think that my letter was never presented to him which fact I offer as an apology for this liberty. And knowing also that a member of the Cabinet can bring a subject before the President at all times. To avoid having my letter put on file with many hundred that mean nothing, I have presumed on the remembrance & acknowledge of your high character to hope to be excused & to have your interest in behalf of my petition for the pardon of Genl. Brown. In my retirement it will be grateful to my feelings to know that I am not forgotten by you & others." In fine condition, with intersecting folds.
RR Auction's Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher Auction 472
Thursday, 17th March 2016
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