The only U.S. President to remain a lifelong bachelor, James Buchanan (d.1868) had his adopted niece Harriet Lane Johnston serve as First Lady during his administration. These historic figures are the subject of this professionally mounted display lot of (2), with:
James Buchanan signed handwritten letter dated "7/24/1860", framed in gold gilt to overall dimensions of 14-1/2 x 14-1/2". This letter directs the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the United States to a warrant for the remission of the penalties incurred by the steamers "Relief" and "Virginia"". This antique document is hand dated at bottom, followed by Buchanan's big, bold signature, which shows ("8-9") potency. With deference to original period compacting folds, this letter presents in excellent condition. Auction LOA from JSA.
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston portrait display framed in gold gilt to overall dimensions of 15-1/2 x 13-1/4". This piece features individual accented insets, with: 1.) 2-1/2 x 4" Buchanan cabinet photo with small triangle of surface loss at top right, otherwise clean and bright with a distinct image; and 2.) 5x7 engraving image of Lane in excellent condition, printed with "Engraved by J.C. Buttre" and a Johnston facsimile signature.
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