“LET IT BE PRIVATE”
BUCHANAN, JAMES. (1791-1868) 15th President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed “James Buchanan”, while Secretary of State under James K. Polk. One full page, octavo. March 3, 1846. To Robert Beale, Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate, accepting an invitation for dinner, and wishing it to be private. Buchanan, the bachelor, and future president, writes:
“My dear Mr. Beale, I have long been threatening to come up & take a purely family dinner with you. I can do so tomorrow or the next day or the next. Please let me know which of the days, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will best suit yr. convenience. I cannot dine before 4 O’clock. Let it be private. Yr. friend sincerely, James Buchanan.”
Robert Beale at this time was Sergeant at Arms for the U. S. Senate. Five years earlier, it was Beale who delivered the news to Vice President John Tyler that William Henry Harrison had died the night before, and that Tyler would now be President. Light overall toning, else fine condition. Nice example.