Lot 135: FILLMORE, MILLARD. Autograph Letter Signed, as Representative, to Thomas Fessenden, John A. Underwood, and Samuel Tisdale,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: IN NEW ENGLAND "THERE BREATHES THE TEMPERED SPIRIT OF THE PURITANS" FILLMORE, MILLARD. Autograph Letter Signed, as Representative, to Thomas Fessenden, John A. Underwood, and Samuel Tisdale, praising New England and declining an invitation to an anniversary celebration of the society of the Natives and the Sons of Natives of the New England States in New York City on December 22. 2 pages, 4to, with integral blank; repair to center vertical fold. (MRS) "House of Representatives" [Washington], 17 December 1840
Notes: ". . . Though I am myself a native of New York, yet my parents were from New England, and therefore, even in infancy, I drank deeply at that pure fountain of veneration and love for her moral and religious institutions of which her native sons have quaffed so copiously. I admire the character of her citizens--sober, energetic and persevering, they have accumulated wealth and enjoy independence, while the inhabitants of more favored and fertile regions, have sunk in indolence and want. Wherever patient industry, inventive skill or daring enterprise arrest the attention of the traveler, there you will find 'the natives or the sons of natives of New England.' Wherever you see side by side the village church and common school there breathes the tempered spirit of the Puritans. . . ."