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Van Buren, Martin

Martin Van Buren – ALS, November 1818, 1st and 2nd pages on a bifolium sheet. Van Buren writes to John V. Henry about some legal matters. At the time Van Buren was an established attorney but just starting his long political career as a member of the New York Senate. This carries a nice example of his early signature with a clearly distinct middle initial “v.” As he became more prominent his handwriting became more rushed and illegible and the signature became a blended “VanBuren” There is foxing and spotting throughout with a small loss of paper in the upper right corner but all writing is strong. [#5314]