Wheatland, near Lancaster, Pa. Aug. 6, 1867. p. Old folds, else quite fine. Item #WRCAM43490
Letter of introduction written by former president James Buchanan in the last year of his life, introducing Rev. Robert J. Nevin to the Bishop of Oxford in England. Nevin, who had recently been ordained in the Episcopal Church, was one of Buchanan's neighbors; he commanded a company of Pennsylvania artillery in the Civil War. The letter reads: "Rt. Rev. Sir, Permit me to recall myself to your recollection by presenting to you my young friend, Rev. Robert J. Nevin who has recently been ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. I have known Mr. Nevin for a number of years; his family, which is highly respectable, being my near neighbours. He has been carefully educated under the direction of his father, an eminent Divine, and promises fair to become an able and useful member of the Church. In visiting England, he naturally desires to make the acquaintance of the Bishop of Oxford, whose name and character are justly appreciated on this side of the Atlantic. With sentiments of the highest regard I remain yours very respectfully." James Buchanan (1791-1868) had the misfortune to serve as president in the four years immediately preceding the Civil War. He served as U.S. Minister to England from 1853 to 1856, which was likely the source of his acquaintance with the Bishop of Oxford.