James K. Polk (1795-1849, eleventh President of the United States ) autographed single sheet letter, personally signed, addressed to Colonel Samuel Laughlin in the City Hotel. The December 9, 1839 letter is marked "Private" and asks Laughlin to come to Polk's office at his house that night and bring with him several other men including Williamson Smith, Hardwick (?) and Gillesby, "or such of these as you can conveniently see with you. It is important I should see you. I have some letters from the East by tonight's mail." Signed J.K. Polk. Note: Laughlin, a Polk political ally and editor of the Nashville Banner, represented Tennessee's first district in the State Senate from 1838-1844 and oversaw the establishment of Nashville as the state's capital in 1843. Matted and framed along with a 3" x 5" oval engraved portrait of Polk and card describing the letter. The frame has a window on the back to show the addressee. Letter 8-1/2" x 7-1/4" sight. Overall framed dimensions: 19-1/2" x 24". Provenance: Private Tennessee collection. Condition: Letter in very good condition, formerly folded, with very light toning, possibly deacidified, not examined out of frame. Glass has some marks on it and frame has some noticeable areas of loss along the lower edge. Back coming loose from frame.
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