A LENGTHY WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON HANDWRITTEN LETTER: HE WAS SUFFERING UNDER A SEVERE INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM IN THE KNEE FROM HAVING FOOLISHLY EXPOSED MYSELF TO RAIN WHEN UNDER THE OPERATION OF MEDICINE FOR A PREVIOUS COLD. I HAD HEARD OF THE GLORIOUS RESULTS OF YR ELECTIONTHE EX PRESIDENT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY DO ANYTHING IN HIS POWER FOR HIM. Was the Ninth President and the hero of. In the War of 1812. He was Governor of the. A Congressman, and Senator before his election as President in 1840. He died just thirty-one days later, allowing John Tyler to become the first Vice President to become President. 8 x 12 ½. A lengthy autograph letter signed W H Harrison addressed to. A New York Congressman and author. Harrison, writing a year after he lost the 1836 Presidential election to Martin Van Buren, penned: Your letter of the 13. Inst unfortunately arrived in Cincinnati when I was at this place. It was sentyesterday & found me suffering under a severe inflammatory rheumatism in the knee from having foolishly exposed myself to rain when under the operation of medicine for a previous cold. I had heard of the glorious results of yr Election. It is more acceptable because unexpected. I had really supposed that the discipline of the party would have scared them thein your State for some time to come. I know that they would be met my talents zeal & energy on the part of our friends but like the same quibbles which were so often unsuccessfully oppressed to the compactness yet suppleness of the Roman military formation. I feared a like result. I enclose two letters for your brother [not included]. The Ex President will undoubtedly do anything in his power for him. When I was at Bogota Santander was in banishment in Europe but I became acquainted with him in New York on his return home. He continues honestly as I have learnt in several ways under obligations to me for the countenance I have his friends at Bogota by receiving them in my house when the doors of the other foreign ministers were closed against them. Colo [Joaquin] Accosta whom whom the other letter is directed is a man of unbounded hospitality which his great wealth enables him to support without enchantment. His Valley & town ganders was on of the more delightful chronicles in the world & is exactlythe capital is as you know as unfavorable. It is however not more than 35 miels from Guaduas [Columbia]. I have more friends in the bounds of the former Columbia to whom I could have written but it would take me some time under any circumstances to find their names & locations & both my mind & body are in a situation very unfavorable to do any thing. The former occasion by the Situation of a beloved son William Henry Harrison, Jr. Incurable disease is hurrying to his ground & the latter from my highly inflamed knee which is exceedingly painful. Luckily a son who lives 5 miles form me has just called & I will detain him to act as my amanuensis un the two letters yet to write. If you should note him be good enough to ask him if he received it. Harrison died after delivering the longest Inaugural address in the cold and while not wearing a hat; this letter, written four years earlier, seems to predict that since he complains about his health problems being caused by going out in the cold. Verplanck was a strong Harrison supporter, and Harrison congratulated Verplanck on his first political victory, being elected to the New York State Senate. William Henry Harrison, Jr. Died three months after this letter. In 1828, Harrison was appointed by President John Quincy Adams to be the American diplomat to Bogota, Columbia. It took Harrison over a year to arrive at the capitol and he remained in that position for a short time. It is written on lined paper with repairs to the seal tears. The writing is dark throughout. All items are issued with an invoice that states in writing at the bottom All autographs and historical papers are guaranteed authentic for life by me. New Jersey residents, please add 7% for the Governor’s salary ;. The item “William Henry Harrison handwritten letter re elections, ex Prez & catching cold” is in sale since Friday, August 6, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “stuartlutz” and is located in Short Hills, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: William Henry Harrison