Polk, James K. (1795-1849) to Henry Horn re: offer of a portrait of Polk by Sully
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Written as President. Apparently Polk thought the offer was a hoax.
Washington City 13th: Augst -1845--
My Dear Sir:
I have received the enclosed letters from persons whom I do not know. - Mrs. Polk
would be pleased to have the large portrait painted by Sully, being the one which the authors of the letters offer for sixty dollars. - I have had some doubt from the hand-writing, and the general appearance of these letters, whether the writers did not intend to play off the hoax upon me, and therefore I do not choose to answer them. I have to ask the favour of you to make the proper inquiry, and if the portrait is really for sale at the price stated, Mrs. Polk desires that you will purchase it and forward it to Washington. -The small full-length likeness she does not want. - The price of the portrait ($60) - I will remit to you as soon as I know that you have purchased it.-
James K. Polk
Hon. Henry Horn
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