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John Tyler Rare ALS as VP, Only 2 or 3 Others Have Sold
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Tyler (President) John

John Tyler Rare ALS as VP, Only 2 or 3 Others Have Sold Dated in this 30 Day Period

JOHN TYLER, Autograph Letter Signed, to Unknown, March 10, 1841, Washington, D.C. 1 p., 7.875" x 7.875". Trimmed, backed with tissue, and expertly conserved; some soiling and small stains.

In this rare letter from his very brief tenure as Vice President of the United States (March 4-April 4, 1841), John Tyler (1790-1862) recommends Robert N. Crittenden (ca. 1818-1853) of Lancaster County, Virginia, for a position as a clerk in one of the departments of the federal government. The letter may have been sent to President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841). By the time a clerk added a file note on the verso three months later, Harrison was dead, and Tyler had been President for two months.

We can locate only two other examples at auction of a letter of Tyler's in this period, both more than 20 years ago. The first sold for over $7,000 and the second, over $3,500, both at Christie's.

The subject of the letter was likely related to U.S. Senator John J. Crittenden (1787-1863) of Kentucky, who was serving as U.S. Attorney General and who had attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with Tyler in 1806. Like many of Tyler’s cabinet members, Crittenden resigned in September 1841 in protest over Tyler’s departure from the Whig Party’s agenda.

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Washington City March 10th 1841.

Mr Crittenden of Virginia is a member of a highly respectable Family in the State of Virginia, and is a young man well deserving your attention, amicable in his deportment, and attentive to his business. He wants an office in one of the departments. His appointment would be in accordance with my own wishes.

John Tyler


[verso:]

June 9, 1841

R N. Crittenden Va. / for / Clerkship


John Tyler – Prst / for / Mr Crittenden

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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John Tyler Rare ALS as VP, Only 2 or 3 Others Have Sold

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Tyler (President) John

John Tyler Rare ALS as VP, Only 2 or 3 Others Have Sold Dated in this 30 Day Period

JOHN TYLER, Autograph Letter Signed, to Unknown, March 10, 1841, Washington, D.C. 1 p., 7.875" x 7.875". Trimmed, backed with tissue, and expertly conserved; some soiling and small stains.

In this rare letter from his very brief tenure as Vice President of the United States (March 4-April 4, 1841), John Tyler (1790-1862) recommends Robert N. Crittenden (ca. 1818-1853) of Lancaster County, Virginia, for a position as a clerk in one of the departments of the federal government. The letter may have been sent to President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841). By the time a clerk added a file note on the verso three months later, Harrison was dead, and Tyler had been President for two months.

We can locate only two other examples at auction of a letter of Tyler's in this period, both more than 20 years ago. The first sold for over $7,000 and the second, over $3,500, both at Christie's.

The subject of the letter was likely related to U.S. Senator John J. Crittenden (1787-1863) of Kentucky, who was serving as U.S. Attorney General and who had attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with Tyler in 1806. Like many of Tyler’s cabinet members, Crittenden resigned in September 1841 in protest over Tyler’s departure from the Whig Party’s agenda.

Complete Transcript

Washington City March 10th 1841.

Mr Crittenden of Virginia is a member of a highly respectable Family in the State of Virginia, and is a young man well deserving your attention, amicable in his deportment, and attentive to his business. He wants an office in one of the departments. His appointment would be in accordance with my own wishes.

John Tyler


[verso:]

June 9, 1841

R N. Crittenden Va. / for / Clerkship


John Tyler – Prst / for / Mr Crittenden

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

WE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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