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Tyler, John (1790-1862) to Anna Harrison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02793.024 Author/Creator: Tyler, John (1790-1862) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 June 1841 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: President Tyler sends William Henry Harrison's widow congressional condolence communicating "the deep sympathy felt by the representatives of the States and of the people" upon the death of her husband (not included). President Harrison had died on 4 April 1841.

Full Transcript: Washington June 13. 1841
Dear Madam;
The accompanying resolutions adopted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, will convey to you the deep simpathy felt by the Representatives ...of the States and of the people, in the sad bereavement which yourself and the Country have sustained in the death of your illustrious husband - It may now justly be considered that the public archives constitute his enduring monument, on which are inscrib'd in characters not to be effac'd, the proudest evidences of public gratitude for services renderd, and public sorrow for his death - a great and a united people shed thier tears over the bier of a devoted patriot and public benefactor -
In conveying to you, my dear Madam, the profound respect of the two Houses of Congress for your person and character, and thier sincere condolence on the late afflicting dispensation of Providence, permit me to mingle my feelings with thiers, and to tender you my sincere wishes for your health happiness and long life -
John Tyler
Mrs Harrison -
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People: Tyler, John, 1790-1862
Harrison, Anna Tuthill Symmes, 1775-1864

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: First LadyPresidentWomen's HistoryDeathGovernment and CivicsCongressVice President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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