One of a Kind
POLK, Sarah (1803-1891). First Lady, widow of President James K. Polk. Free frank signature “Free Sarah Polk”, on a mourning envelope addressed in her hand to Maj. Wm. H. Polk, Columbia, Tennessee. A dark ink hand stamp at left corner “Nashville, TN, Aug.11” and “Free” handstamp. Intact black wax seal on verso. Collector’s note along front left corner of the cover.
Major William H. Polk (1815-1862) was an American politician and brother of James K. Polk. He was admitted to the bar in 1939. He served as Minister to the Kingdom of the two Sicilies (present day Italy). He was Major of the Third Dragoons in the Mexican American War (1847-1848). President Polk died on June 15, 1849, just four months after leaving the Executive Mansion. This cover was signed just two months later.
An auction description in December 2008 stated: "her Franks on Intact covers are extremely rare. There are only three recorded and only one being on a mourning envelope”. All three were signed Mrs. J.K. Polk. The cover offered here is said to be the only known cover signed as “Sarah Polk”................................SOLD