Lot 137[PRESIDENTIAL LETTERS - PIERCE, FRANKLIN]
Approximately ninety autograph letters signed from Franklin Pierce to Sidney Webster, 1854-1869. Bound volume, three-quarters smooth brown calf, marbled sides with the letters from Webster, Pierce's private secretary, laid-in. Some in the original mailing envelopes, ranging from short letters to epistles of many pages. Usual creases, a very few with minor defects, (one with Pierce's signature extracted).
Pierce was the 14th President of the United States (1853-57), and was born November 23, 1804, in a log cabin in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Sidney Webster was also from New Hampshire, born in Gilmanton in 1828, and went on to graduate from Yale in 1848 and subsequently Harvard Law School in 1850. When Pierce assumed the presidency in 1853, he selected the young Webster as his private secretary, and the two men remained friends until Pierce's death in 1869.
The present volume covers the following years, the number of letters in parentheses: 1854 (1); 1855 (7); 1856 (3) 1857 (41, including a touching letter from Pierce thanking Webster for his efforts as secretary); 1858 (15); 1859 (6); 1860 (3); 1861 (6); 1862 (5); 1863 (1); 1864 (2); 1868 (2); 1869 (1); five undated letters. In addition, the archive contains four letters from Pierce to Hamilton Fish (Webster was married to Sarah Fish, eldest daughter of Senator Fish); two letters to Sidney Webster from Jefferson Davis (one separated at the folds); one from Stephen A. Douglas; and two from other luminaries of the period.
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