Pierce, Jane A.

1851 ALS of the future First Lady to her sister, regarding health of their brother and his family and her son Bennie, mentions "Mr. Pierce"

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(1806-1863) Married Franklin Pierce in 1834 when he was in the House of Representatives. She opposed his accepting the presidential nomination in 1852 and fainted when she learned he had been nominated, hating life in Washington. Having previously lost two of her sons (1836, 1843), when her 3rd son Benjamin (Bennie) was killed Jan. 6, 1853, 2 months before Pierce’s inauguration, in a Baltimore railroad accident, she believed that God was displeased with her husband's political ambitions. She distanced herself during her husband's presidency, wrapped in melancholia after losing every one of her young children. She never recovered from the tragedy. Perenially depressed and in mourning (she always dressed in black), for nearly 2 years she remained in the upstairs living quarters of the White House, spending her days writing maudlin letters to her dead son. Jane Pierce made her first official appearance as First Lady at a New Year's Day reception in 1855 and thereafter served as White House hostess intermittently. She left social chores to her aunt Abby Kent-Means and her close friend, Varina Davis, wife of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. 7 3/4 x 5 ALS “Jane A P”, Concord (New Hampshire), Sunday, February 11 1851, 3-1/2pp (folded sheet), to her sister, likely Mary Appleton Aiken. Somewhat depressing letter generally regarding health fears and concerns. She mentions her husband returning to Manchester, having remained at home Sunday and Monday "...truly a relief to me." She discusses son Bennie's health and her own, having "...been shut up in the house for a long time." After more family news discussion she closes; "Dear sister - God bless you - and help us so to pass thru this troubled life, as that we may obtain...heavenly rest." Her handwriting is challenging to translate in places!

Condition: Very good, normal folds, small nick at top left corner
Type:Letter






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