July 04, 1844

Dark-Horse Polk Expresses Surprise at His “Wholly Unexpected” Nomination

Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages
SMC 1054
Here the first “dark horse” candidate to capture his party’s nomination for president declares he is as surprised as anyone at this startling turn of events. “My nomination was wholly unexpected by me,” he states – adding quickly, that if its effect will be to heal the Democratic party of the dissention that brought him to the fore as a compromise, then he shall be most happy “to have been the instrument in… effecting so great a good.” He thanks ex-Congressman Casey, whom he recalls with pleasure, for his good wishes for success in the “pending political contest.” Written on the 4th of July, no less.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, quarto, Columbia, Tennessee, July 4, 1844. With address leaf on verso. To Zadok Casey in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
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