Rare Pierce letters on display in N.H.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Two rare letters written by Jane Pierce, wife of President Franklin Pierce, are now on display by the New Hampshire Historical Society.

One letter was written in February 1835 when Pierce was a congressman. It describes witnessing the arrest of the man who attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson. The letter also describes a nearly fatal carriage accident involving the Pierces who were on their way to a reception at the home of New Hampshire Senator Isaac Hill.

The second letter was written from Concord in October 1852 on the eve of her husband’s election as president. She writes to her sister about an impromptu rally in front of the couple’s home by local citizens after getting positive news from elections in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She reflects apprehensively on the changes the family will undergo if her husband is elected.

The letters will be on display at the society’s library through Nov. 24.