Anna Harrison ALS Re: Her "lamented Husband"
1p ALS inscribed overall and signed by former First Lady Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (1775-1864), the widow of 9th U.S. President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), as "Anna Harrison" at lower right. Written in North Bend, Ohio on August 28 [?]. On pale blue stationery paper laid down on cream paper. Trimmed and with a few wrinkles, else near fine. Light mounting traces verso. 6.75" x 4.5".
In full, with untouched original spelling:
"Northbend August 28
Samual Love Esqr.
I enclose in this, an Autograph of my lamented Husband, & would have written you sooner, but for Indispotion, but hope it will not arive too late, for the use you wish it for -- wishing you health, & every blessing -- I am your sincere friend --
Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison was the oldest First Lady ever to hold that office, and for the shortest length of time. She was First Lady for precisely one month before Harrison died suddenly from pneumonia in April 1841. Anna, who was ill herself during her husband's first month in office, had stayed behind in Ohio to recover and consequently never lived in the White House.
It was thus with deep feeling that Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison wrote this note to a friend requesting her husband's autograph. She had eloped with Harrison, then a dashing 22-year-old army officer, in 1795 against her father's wishes. The couple had ten children, five of whom died in young adulthood, during their 45-year-long marriage.
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