November 07, 1855

Pierce Invites a Famous Presbyterian Divine to Visit the White House

Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages
SMC 965
Pierce invites the prominent Philadelphia cleric, Henry A. Boardman, to visit at the White House, “that we may make some time under this roof a period of enjoyment” – to, at least, the Reverend Boardman. With Mrs. Pierce upstairs in a darkened room, mourning the death of their only child, the Pierce White House was a dismal place.
 
Indeed, Pierce himself must have found the mansion as cold and cheerless as everyone else: he conducted most of his social life outside his home. This invitation, then, to an austere cleric, is very much in keeping with the Pierces' domestic life.
Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 2 pages, recto and verso, quarto, Washington, November 7, 1855. To Rev. Henry A. Boardman of Philadelphia.
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