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BUCHANAN, James. Autograph letter signed ("James Buchanan"), to William Patton, Lancaster, P.A. 10 November 1842. 2 pages, 4to, blank integral, address leaf WITH AUTOGRAPH FREE FRANK SIGNED ("Free James Buchanan"). Marked "Strictly confidential" at top. Fine.

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BUCHANAN, James. Autograph letter signed ("James Buchanan"), to William Patton, Lancaster, P.A. 10 November 1842. 2 pages, 4to, blank integral, address leaf WITH AUTOGRAPH FREE FRANK SIGNED ("Free James Buchanan"). Marked "Strictly confidential" at top. Fine.

POLITICAL SKULLDUGGERY IN PENNSYLVANIA as Buchanan gears up for his Senate reelection campaign, and mentions Andrew Jackson, Lewis Cass, and Richard M. Johnson. "Ere this," he writes Patton, "you will have learned [of] the Cass movement & how easy it is for some people to abandon the brave and benevolent Johnson for any person whom they may believe to be more available. I saw much of old Tecumseh in Philadelphia," Buchanan continues, using Johnson's nickname (won for supposedly having killed Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames). "He was delighted with his reception everywhere in Pennsylvania & evidently did not entertain the most remote suspicion that many of those who brought him here were playing him false." Buchanan is pleased at gathering support at his own reelection prospects for 1843, but worries that his professed supporters may ditch him for the rival Whig candidate. "Mark my word for it. Much stranger things have happened." He ends by enclosing "an autograph note from General Jackson [not included] & am happy to have it in my power thus to oblige you..."
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