James Buchanan to Harriet Lane, January 25, 1857

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    Buchanan, James, to Harriet Lane, 25 January 1857. As printed in The Works of James Buchanan, Comprising His Speeches, State Papers, and Private Correspondence, ed. John Bassett Moore. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co, 1908-1911, p. 110.
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    Lane, Harriet
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    Meghan Allen
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    Sunday Evening 25 Jan: 57.

    Yours of last Sunday reached me yesterday. It is my purpose. God willing, to leave here tomorrow for Washington in company with Mr. Robert Magraw. I enclose a letter from Mr. Appleton to yourself, received yesterday. I opened it, because I was very anxious to receive late news from Washington & thought it might be intended for me. I am ignorant of the character of the letter except so much of it as to discover I had no concern with it.
    It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, & the snow storm has enabled me to do much necessary work. I do not intend to pass more than one week in Washington.
    I received a letter for you from Lady Chantrey. It came enclosed in a note to me, but has been mislaid. I cannot find it; but James will send it.
    With my affectionate regards to Mr. & Mrs. Plitt, I remain yours affectionately



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