James Buchanan Original Historic Letters and Documents

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Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 127

Despite being condemned by the Chief Justice and public opinion, Buchanan, unwaveringly trusts in the words of his Secretary of War, James Holt, who wrote that Buchanan's "labors will yet be crowned by the glory that belongs to an enlightened Statesmanship & to an unsullied patriotism."
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Buchanan Approves Abraham Lincoln’s Ordering Fremont to Rescind His Emancipation Proclamation

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 984

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President James Buchanan Trusts Providence to Help Him Choose a Cabinet

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 986

President James Buchanan accepts a minister's advice to choose his cabinet slowly and wisely, and adds that he trusts "a kind Providence will bestow upon me wisdom from on high to enable to choose the proper men for the proper places."
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James Buchanan, Ill With Dysentry Before His Inauguration, Declines Jefferson Davis's Invitation to Dine

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 988

James Buchanan, suffering from dysentery, regrets to decline Jefferson Davis's invitation to dinner.
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President James Buchanan, Strained in the Summer of 1860, Writes He Hasn't Time for His Friends

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 989

President James Buchanan reassures his friend that although he scarcely has time for personal correspondence, he "cordially reciprocates" towards Theseus Apolion Chesney "the friendly feelings which dictated" his letter.
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James Buchanan Defends His “Public Conduct” Prior to the Outbreak of the Civil War

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1075

James Buchanan, consistently ranked as one of the worst presidents, thanks a rare admirer for vindication.
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On His Penultimate Day in Office, President James Buchanan Pardons a Judge

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1 page

SMC 1076

President Buchanan pardons a former judge, Daniel Vandersmith, serving a sentence for forgery.
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James Buchanan Teasingly Laments His

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1676

James Buchanan, a confirmed bachelor, teasingly laments his "usual hard fate when ladies are the question" – having missed a social call – and comments on a pending marriage.
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Passport for the Early Explorer of Jerusalem, the Reverend Eli Smith, Signed by James Buchanan

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SMC 2068

Reverend Eli Smith, who had joined Reverend Edward Robinson as an Arabic-speaker during the latter's exploration of Biblical Jerusalem, travels to the Holy Land yet again, this time with a passport signed by then Secretary of State, James Buchanan.
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