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Description: HARRIET R. LANE
(1830 - 1903) Orphaned niece of James Buchanan, whom he raised from childhood, and who served as official White House hostess to the bachelor Buchanan. Good content A.L.S. 3pp. 8vo., Wheatland, Apr. 25, 1861 to John Adam Glossbrenner. Writing only days after the battle of First Manassas only weeks after she and her uncle had departed Washington, she writes, in part: "...We were all glad to find from your letter to Uncle [James Buchanan] that there was nothing very serious in your recall home - still the causes made it quite necessary for you to go, but we all hope that the alarm may soon cease that we will see you here again. Uncle has been holding 'a reception' ever since you left us. From all accounts, the soldiers who are here, fancy themselves on 'a frolic' & that upon their own domains... hope our troubles may soon cease... " Usual folds, else very good condition. From the papers of John Adam Glossbrenner who served as Sergeant at Arms in the House from 1850 to 1860 and as Buchanan's private secretary from 1860 to 1861.

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