Polk, Sarah C. (ON HOLD)

1878 ALS written from "Polk Place" by the 1845-49 First Lady

Price: $525.00

Description:
(1803-1891) First Lady 1845-49, popular and respected, she accompanied her husband to Washington whenever she could. Sarah helped James with his speeches in private, copied his correspondence, and gave him advice. While she enjoyed politics, she also cautioned him against overwork. A devout Presbyterian, Sarah Polk refused to attend horse races or the theater. When James returned to Washington as President in 1845, she appeared at the Inaugural Ball, but did not dance. Polk entertainments were noted for sedateness and sobriety. Only 3 months after retirement to their new home "Polk Place" in Nashville, James Polk died - he had the shortest retirement of any former US President. Sarah Polk lived on in that home for 42 years, the longest retirement and widowhood of any former First Lady, and wore black always. During the Civil War, she stayed apart from sectional strife and received leaders of both Confederate and Union armies, all of whom respected Polk Place as neutral ground. She lived there until her death and was buried beside her husband at the Tennessee State Capitol grounds in Nashville. Uncommon ALS "Mrs. James K. Polk" on 6 1/2 x 5 blue-lined paper with an embossed woman's head in right profile at top left, Polk Place, Nashville, Tennessee, October 16 1878, to Mrs. Nicholson. Mrs. Polk thanks her for her kind note and asks her to be pleased to accept her acknowledgment of it.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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