Lot 5022: ALS as president signed "Z. Taylor," one page, 5 x 8, June 21, 1849. Letter concerning political appointments. In full (spelling and grammar retained): "Your letter of the 19th, inst, asking to be employed in some capacity as clerk or messenjir in some of the public officers or departments at this plac, was duly recd and I have to inform you in the appointments referred to, I do not meddle or interfere they are made by the heads of the departments or bureaus to which they appertain, and I have also to state there is now no vacancy of any kind in my gift of any offic which I can bestow." In fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature.
Handwritten letters from Taylor's presidency are rare, as he passed away just sixteen months into his term and wrote little during that time, possibly owing to his poor spelling abilities. He had only recently become a national hero for his success in the Mexican-American War and reluctantly entered the 1848 presidential race, winning the election despite his unclear platform. Like most presidents he was inundated with office-seekers, but he was careful and considerate in all appointments. Despising patronage and political games, Taylor created a cabinet that represented the diversity of the United States and bypassed obvious selections like Henry Clay. Representing his firm stance against patronage appointments, this is an exceptionally desirable autograph letter as president.
Ex. Christie's, December 19, 2002; sale 1060, lot 337.
RR Auction's Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher Auction 472
Thursday, 17th March 2016
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