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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) to Gov. William C. Bouck of New York re: campaigning policy, the tariff & Texas

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01745 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Columbia, Tennesee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: July 18, 1844 Pagination: 2 p. 25 x 19 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 25.2 x 17.5 cm

Concerning his election campaign policy, feeling that it is "wrong... for a candidate... to engage personally in the contest." Bouck was governor of New York. One bust engraving of James K. Polk included.

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