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AUTOGRAPH NOTE WRITTEN BY JOHN TYLER DECLINING AN INVITATION TO PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON'S NEW YEAR'S DINNER].
[Np, but likely Washington]. Jan. 1, 1817. - [1]p. plus integral address leaf. Old fold lines. Minor soiling. Small paper loss from wax seal, else fine. In a folio- sized black half morocco and blue silk clamshell case, spine gilt. Brief note penned by U.S. Congressman, later President, John Tyler, declining an invitation to the Presidential New Year's dinner. The note reads: "J. Tyler regrets, that owing to a previous engagement, he can not accept the President's invitation to Dinner tomorrow. Jany. 1st, 1817"; it is addressed to "His Excellency The President." As a fellow Virginian in the limited society of early Washington, it would make sense that Tyler would be invited to events at the Madison White House. Tyler was at this time serving in the U.S. House of Representatives; he would go on to be elected governor of Virginia, serve in the U.S. Senate, and eventually be elected Vice President, only to become President by default in 1841 when President William H. Harrison died unexpectedly. Madison's party took place a few months before he left the White House. A polite note sent by a future President to a current Commander in Chief.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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