TYLER, JOHN. 1790-1862.
Autograph Letter Signed (John Tyler), 1 p, 4to, Sherwood Forest, July 4, 1853, to J.G. Mason, regarding his health, leaf lightly creased and very mildly toned, otherwise fine.
Tyler writes this letter to a friend from his Virginia estate which he renamed Sherwood Forest to signify his outlaw status among his fellow Whigs after his party expelled him in 1841. (He is remembered as the President without a Party.) Tyler was plagued with ill-health for much of his life, especially in the final decade, and writes this letter regarding a loan while gravely ill. In part: I rise from a sick bed to ask you to continue to me your friendly endorsement of my note at Buck (sp?) which I propose henceforward speedily to annihilate. As soon as I am able, I seek elsewhere that health which I so sadly want. In a day or two I shall visit Old Point to throw myself under the directions of Dr. Semple, and afterwards whither soever he may direct.