15th President. Autograph letter signed (ALS) “James Buchanan”, March 7, 1853, “Wheatland, near Lancaster” (Pennsylvania), addressed to “His Excellency Franklin Pierce” who had taken the office only a few days prior. Future President Buchanan recommends a colleague to a Naval position, in full:
My dear Sir,
Wm. Theodore Kane of Washington City will be an applicant for the appointment of Navy agent in that City; and I beg leave, most respectfully to recommend him for appointment. I have known W. Kane for many years & he is a sober gentlemanly & correct man who would, beyond all question, discharge its duties with integrity & ability. His peculiar claims & qualifications for this office will [illegible] particularly make known to you by other friends. Yours very respectfully James Buchanan”.
It is unclear whether Kane ever received the recommending position, but Pierce would appoint Buchanan to be U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom a few months later.
The letter is in good condition with some white spots that obscure one word in text.