First Ladies, Mrs. Pierce, Harrison and Harding
Three “First Lady” Items with Still Grieving First Lady Mrs. Jane Pierce States “I am ready to sink sometime…”
(FIRST LADIES). JANE PIERCE, MARY LORD HARRISON & FLORENCE KLING HARDING.
Three “First Lady” Autographs:
1. December 1853-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed, “J K Pierce,” in brown ink on folded paper with black border, measuring 6.25” x 4”, four pages, Washington, DC, Very Fine. It reads, in part:
“My beloved sister – I have had no opportunity before to thank you for your last letter, and now take this little sheet which is equal probably to my capacity for filling it. While my own thoughts are distracted with the many circumstances & cares around me, and my heart is desolate within me I think much of you dear sister – with your anxieties and cares. God grant us both strength for these burdens. I am ready to sink sometimes. Dear Abby arrived on Friday evening. She is truly welcome and I hope will not be less contented than she was before… They think of Mr. Atherton’s (?) will and talk of it with much interest of course. Mr. Pierce was entirely surprised and much gratified with the proof of his thoughtful and friendly regard. I regret that our dear Rebecca was not one of the included cousins…”
More details about the state of affairs in the Pierce household—very insightful from a very sad First Lady who lost her son in January 1853 and other friends throughout the year.
2. January 12, 1923-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed, “Mary Lord Harrison,” on a folded card, Fine. The cover of the card has a ghosted image of President Harrison. “My Dear Mr Springer: In response to your request for my autograph, and your saying you have been unable to secure one of President Harrison’s my husband – I am glad to add both to your collection – Yours very Truly…” Mounting remnants on the back, but the writing is full and legible.
3. & 4. Two Signed Cards by Mrs. Harding—one signed beneath an engraving of the White House: “A message of good wishes Florence Kling Harding” (undated), measuring 4” x 6.5”; and a small card “Mrs. Harding”, measuring 2” x 3.5”. Slight toning and wear, with mounting remnants on the backs.