Niece (1830-1903) of lifelong bachelor President James Buchanan, who acted as first lady of the United States from 1857 to 1861. ALS signed “H. Lane,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7.25, December 28, 1859. Letter written from the "Executive Mansion," in part: "The merry-makings of Xmas must be my apology for not having attended to your kind letter earlier. I now enclose Uncle's check for $60,—& also his thanks for the 12 dozen of Claret which has arrived all safely. The secession of medical students seems to have created very little stir in the great world generally, although the patriot Wise has made it the theme of one of his great productions. I am delighted to hear that 'Rorty' has moved his rooms to such a pleasant locality—what 'objects' do you refer to, as causing the change? For my own part, I rather approve of the Queen sending 'single men' as her representatives here—this policy is generally more conciliatory. I expect to dine with the British Minister today—it will be the beginning of a series of ladies dinners at his hospitable mansion." In fine condition, with light toning along a vertical fold on the first page. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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