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Framed Autographed Note Signed in the third person
1847. unbound. 1 page, 2 x 4 inches, no place, December 24, 1847, in full: "Mrs. Madison's love and thanks to Mrs. Duncan for her excellent present." Float-mounted inside an off-white matte with a double opening containing an original 7 x 5.5-inch engraving by William Chappell, circa 1812, and delicately set into a gray and gold wooden frame, measuring 15.5 x 11 inches. This note was written to the wife of Kentucky Congressman Garnett Duncan who visited Washington, D.C. in 1847 and befriended the former First Lady, often presenting her with food packages. At the time this letter was written, Dolley Madison was so poor that she had to accept money from a former slave and hand-outs from her neighbors on Lafayette Square. She died two years later. Fine condition. First Lady and wife of President James Madison. In 1814 she famously saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington as British soldiers advanced on the capital, barely escaping with the national treasures as the White House was occupied and looted.
      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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