AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM COLONEL HENRY BUEHLER, HARRISBURG, 29 OCTOBER 1842, TO REAH FRAZER OF LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA, REGARDING THE UPCOMING DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION:
"THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT OF THE POLICY OF POSTPONING THE JANUARY CONVENTION UNTIL, SAY THE 4 MARCH AND MAKING THE CASE A 'DEMOCRATIC' ONE TO NOMINATE A CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY. IF WE GO ON WITH THE 'BUCHANAN CONVENTION' AS CONTEMPLATED - IT WILL NO DOUBT BE FULL AND RESPECTABLE - ALL WE COULD WISH EXCEPT THAT IT WILL NOT BE LOOKED UPON AS A GENERAL THING AND MAY LEAD TO SIMILAR CALLS AND CONVENTIONS ON THE PART OF THE FRIENDS OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THIS OPINION ON THE SUBJECT AND NOW FINDING SO MANY OF OUR FRIENDS OF THE SAME WAY OF THINKING WRITE TO ADDRESS YOU ON THE SUBJECT IN ORDER THAT WE MAY KNOW THE VIEWS ENTERTAINED AT HEADQUARTERS.
"WOULD IT BE BEST THEN TO CHANGE THE TIME & IF SO WHAT DAY SHALL BE NAMED?
"WHO SHALL ACT AND BY WHAT AUTHORITY SHALL THE ANNOUNCEMENT BE MADE AND HOW?
"WILL THE CENTRAL STATE COMMITTEE APPOINTED AT THE LAST DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION NOT BE CONSIDERED AS OVERSTEPPING THEIR BOUNDS IN TAKING THIS UPON THEMSELVES?
"WE WILL DO ANYTHING IN RELATION TO THE PARTY THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED BEST AND WITH A RIGHT HEARTY GOOD WILL.
Harrisburg, PA: 1842. Folio sheet, folded to 7-3/4" x 9-3/4". , [3 blank] pp. Entirely in ink manuscript, integral blank leaf addressed to Col. Reah Frazer, Counsellor at Law, Lancaster, Pa., with Harrisburg postal cancel. Folded for mailing, wax seal stains, several short fold splits [a few repaired archivally, no loss]. Very Good.
Henry Buehler [1804-1859], Director of the Harrisburg and Lancaster Railroad, was prominent in Dauphin County coal enterprises. He had been a Commissioner appointed to receive stock subscriptions for the York Haven and Harrisburg Bridge Turnpike Road Company and the Susquehanna & Juniata Bridge Company. He was married to Anna Margaret Wolf, daughter of Gov. George Wolf of Pennsylvania. [Obituary of Henry Buehler in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, 7/3/1859, p.2.]
Reah Frazer [1804-1856] was a well known attorney and a leading Democrat in Lancaster County. [Reah Frazer letters, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.]. Item #36795