Description: This 3 ½” x 5 ¼” folded paper cover is boldly free franked by Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), the 8th President of the United States. Van Buren also served as Vice President (1833-1837) and Secretary of State (1829-1831) under Andrew Jackson. He reorganized the Democratic Party in New York and established the Albany Regency, a group of Democratic politicians in the Albany area who controlled the New York State government and exerted their influence on a national scale between 1822 and 1838. His presidency is remembered for the Panic of 1837 and for his refusal to admit Texas into the Union because he was unwilling to upset the balance of power between free and slave-holding states.
Cover has a circular red cancellation stamp form City of Washington and is addressed to the Honorable C. E. Dudley of Albany. Charles E. Dudley (1780-1841) was a member of Van Buren’s Albany Regency, and served as Mayor of Albany (1828-1829), New York State Senator (1820-1825), and U.S. Senator from New York (1829-1833). Item #A00696.
Condition: Some light soil on edges, spot of offsetting from wax seal, crude opening of seal created a half inch tear to the left of “free”, otherwise good condition.