Uncommon hand-addressed and free-franked address panel, 5.25 x 3.25, addressed in Polk's hand to "Edmund Burke Esq'r, Newport, New Hampshire" and franked in the upper right, "Free, J. K. Polk." Includes an ALS from Burke, dated July 16, 1877. In fine condition. Born in Vermont, Burke (1809-1882) studied law before moving to Newport and assuming editorial management of the New Hampshire Argus newspaper. He later served as a New Hampshire congressman from 1839 to 1845, and was then appointed by Polk as the United States Commissioner of Patents.
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