Columbia [TN]: 15 December 1842. Letter. A fine 3-page handwritten letter on two 7-3/4" x 10" sheets, the second leaf laid into another sheet with the address to S. H. Laughlin in N. Minnville, Tennessee, on the verso, SIGNED in full as James K. Polk. Marked at the top as "Private." Red wax seal is present, with restorative repair to an associated tear. Polk writes regarding the battle for the upcoming Presidential election. With Slavery a hot topic, and Henry Clay seeking the Presidency over several elections, Polk is posturing how to best position his political party. He would ultimately end up winning the 1844 presidential election making the annexation of the Republic of Texas his key issue. In small part: "We have gained greatly in Madison and will make a bold fight. I gave it as my opinion that candidates should be run in every county, and that they should be brought out at the earliest practicable period. We must rely mainly upon you to have these things attended to, early, in your District. Now is the time for action. Our opponents are disbanding and this is a tide in our favor which should be taken at the flood. Anti-Clay meetings should be held this winter in every County where it can be done, and their proceedings sent abroad.... The issues now before the country are new. The ruinous measures of policy and high toned Federal bearings of our opponents since they have been in power, I confidently believe, if properly presented, and fully discussed, cannot command the approval of a majority of our people in any County in the State...." Formerly in the inventory of Kenneth Rendell with their description included. Near fine with strong contrasting ink. Item #020254
Samuel H. Laughlin (1796-1850) was editor of the NASHVILLE UNION, 1832-1837; Tennessee State Senator, 1840-1843; and Recorder of the United States General Land Office, 1845-1850.