TAYLOR, ZACHARY Autograph letter signed as President-Elect.
Baton Rouge: January 15, 1849. Single-page, written in black ink, signed "Z. Taylor," addressed on the reverse of the partial second integral page in Taylor's hand, "Honbl. John Ewing, present." 12.7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. In very good to fine condition, with light creasing, file holes to the left edge, and small old repairs on the reverse; the address panel is wrinkled and soiled and missing its lower third.
Provenance: Forbes Collection, 2006; RR Auctions August 12, 2020, lot 12.
A boldly penned autograph letter written as President-Elect from Baton Rouge, to John Ewing, in full: "Your letter of today was handed me about sun down while in the town attending to some business preparatory to leaving for the North, and presumed an answer would not have been wished or expected before tomorrow morning; not expecting any call for money from friends, or in any other way, it is entirely out of my power to make you the loan in question, as I have barely enough on hand to defray the expenses of my family and self to our places of destination or to Louisville Kentucky, where I have so arranged as to have funds to carry me to Washington. I must say I have only three hundred dollars on hand, all I can command at this time."
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