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New York, East
24 November 1998
VAN BUREN, MARTIN, President. Autograph letter signed ("M. Van Buren"), Washington, 8 March 1841. 6 full pages, 4to.
Written four days after the expiration of his term as President, Van Buren addresses a committee representing the Democracy of New York City. Pending his return to New York, he writes: "I come to you now with a political ambition more than satisfied by the many and distinguished honors which have already been conferred upon me, and with no higher aspirations...than to occupy the station, enjoy the privileges and discharge the duties of an American citizen." Expressing his gratitude for their support, he concludes: "...the lion-hearted Democracy of your great city have braved too much intolerance on my account, have encountered too much persecution in defence of their principles, and have stood by me on too many trying occasions to render a demonstration of any kind necessary to satisfy me of the constancy and sincerity of their attachment."
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