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MARTIN VAN BUREN.  (1782-1862)  Eighth President of the United States; Vice President under Andrew Jackson, Secretary of State, Senator, Governor.  Interesting and enlightening, Autograph Letter Signed “M. Van. Buren”,  written while Secretary of State.  October 25th, 1929. To Charles E. Dudley, his gubernatorial successor. 2 1/2 pages, quarto.  [Dove with olive branch watermark embedded in the page].  Very fine condition.  Van Buren attempts to procure lodging for the Governor and Mrs. Dudley in Washington.  He writes: 

My Dear Sir,  Have you taken your lodgings. If not I am satisfied that you could do better in all respects at my Landlady in the rooms. I am on the point of [–?] you could anywhere else. She has a convenient stable where you could keep your own horse at half the expense you would have to pay at Livery. She could give you and Mrs. Dudley your breakfast in your private parlor and allow you to select three gentlemen of our delegation or any other and then take no strangers – then only meeting you at dinner. If your have made no agreement I will ascertain & let you know for what all this could be had then letting me know what your own family will consent of.  She is the only person I have ever staid [sic] with in Washington who has a conscientious regard for your horse. Remember me Kindly to Mrs. D. & believe me to be Very truly yours M Van Buren   —  October 25 1829 

P.S.  Write me immediately as I shall be off to Richmond & the rooms may be engaged –  Let me advise from long experience to have but one lady in your [lodgings].”

 

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