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1862, Charge And Specification Against Pvt. John Beecher
“Camp Meigs-Readville Oct. 31, 1862- Charge and Specification against Private John G. Beecher of Co. E. 45th Reg. mass – Charge, overstaying his furlough…”
1862, Camp Meigs, Readville Oct. 31st. Civil War letter. 2pp 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” “said John Beecher received a Furlough Oct. 25th which expired Oct 28th at 7 o’clock p.m. About six o’clock that evening his son applied for an extension of his father’s furlough, which was refused, and was told to tell his father to return to Camp by the first train from Boston, the next morning. He failed to and Thursday a.m. Oct. 30th I left for the city in search of him. I first visited his house in Chelsea, found his wife who reported that he left home on the afternoon of the previous day for Camp. Knowing from this he must be in Boston I returned and go an officer who soon found and arrested him, he was brought to Camp Friday morning by an officer from the city and delivered to me by a corporal of the Provost Guard…” “The undersigned having examined the case of private Beecher finds him guilty by his own confession of the whole charge… I sentence him to 3 days in the guard house on bread & water.” An interesting look at the personal hardships placed on families during the war. The sentence of Beecher is approved and signed “R. A. Peirce, Brig. Gen’l” though we find no listing of Peirce as a general
Catalog: # AM-0019
1887 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Signed By President Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908). Twenty-second and Twenty-fourth President of the United States. Document Signed. October 25, 1887. 2 pages. 8 1/8” x 13”. Printed proclamation recognizing and declaring Thanksgiving Day for “Thursday the twenty-fourth day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer…” Boldy Signed by Cleveland at the conclusion. Countersigned by Thomas F. Bayard as Secretary of State. A complete transcription follows below.
By the President of the United States:
The goodness and the mercy of God, which have followed the American people during all the days of the past year claim our grateful recognition and humble acknowledgment. By His omnipotent power He has protected us from war and pestilence and from every national calamity; by His gracious favor the earth has yielded a generous return to the labor of the husbandman, and every path of honest toil has led to comfort and contentment; by His loving kindness the hearts of our people have been replenished with fraternal sentiment and patriotic endeavor, and by His Fatherly guidance we have been directed in the way of national prosperity.
To the end that we may with one accord testify our gratitude for all these blessings, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by all the people of the land.
On the day let all secular work and employment be suspended; and let our people assemble in their accustomed places of worship and with prayer and songs of praise, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us while we implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy.
Let families and kindred be reunited on that day and let their hearts, filled with kindly cheer and affectionate reminiscence, be turned to the source of all their pleasures and to the Giver of all that makes the day bright and joyous.
And in the midst of our worship and enjoyments let us remember the poor, the needy, and the unfortunate; and by our gifts of charity and ready benevolence let us increase the number of those who with grateful hearts shall join in our Thanksgiving.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth.
Catalog: # P22-1
A Boies Penrose letter concerning “criticisms on the Wilson administration in connection with Mexico”
Boies Penrose (1860 - 1921) American lawyer and Republican politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. TLS. 1 page. 8 1/2” x 11”. Nov. 27, 1914. On Penrose’s personal letterhead. Addressed to Samuel Dickson, Esq., Philadelphia, Penna. “Dear Mr. Dickson: I have yours of the 25th instant. I entirely agree with your criticisms on the Wilson administration in connection with Mexico. I am very familiar with this situation. I have given a good deal of attention to it and am in receipt of a large correspondence direct from Mexico regarding matters there. I have postponed opening the subject in a public way until a favorable opportunity should occur and, of course, during the last few months I have been too much occupied with my own campaign to take the subject up. I intend, however, to resume consideration of the matter at an early date and will file your communication and bear your views in mind. Hoping to see you soon, I am Yours truly, Boies Penrose”.
During the Wilson Administration, the United States occupation of Veracruz, which began with the Battle of Veracruz, lasted for six months in response to the Tampico Affair of April 9, 1914. The incident came in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1584
A Check Signed By Caroline And William Astor
ASTOR, CAROLINE AND WILLIAM
CAROLINE and WILLIAM ASTOR. ADS. 1pp. 8" x 2 3/4". New York. May 2 1871. A check signed "Caroline W. Astor" and completely engrossed by her. The "Chemical Bank" check paid "Mr. Wm. Astor Four hundred & sixty eight Dollars and forty-two cent". It is endorsed on the verso "Wm Astor". There is a cut cancellation that does not affect either signature and a thin ink line through Caroline's signature, but her autograph is still fully readable.
Catalog: # AM-0535
A Check Signed By Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
CHRYSLER, WALTER P., JR.
WALTER P. CHRYSLER. ADS. 1pp. 6 3/4" x 2 3/4". New York. Oct. 31, 1930. A "Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company" check signed "Walter P Chrysler Jr.". He paid "The Chieftain $2.-". The check has the usual punch cancellations that barely affect the engrossment but not the signature. It is in very fine condition with a dark signature.
Catalog: # AM-0599
A Civil War Era Manuscript Poem
(CIVIL WAR POEM). Autograph Manuscript. 3pp. 5" x 8". n.p. n.d. A lengthy autograph manuscript poem entitled "The Old Union Wagon" written during the Civil War.
The unidentified writer started with ink, but then switched to pencil in composing his work:
"In Uncle Sams dominions in 1861
The fight between Secession to the Union was begun
The South declared they'd have the 'Rights' that Uncle Sam denied
Or in Secession's wagon they'd all take a ride Chorus Hurrah for the wagon
The old Union wagon
We'll stick to our wagon & all take a ride
The makers of our Wagon were men of solid wit
They made it out of Charter Oak that wouldn't rot or split
Its wheels were of material the strongest & the best
And two were named the North & South and two the East & West
Our Wagon bed is strong enough for any revolution
In fact tis the hull of the old 'Constitution'
Her coupling strong her...long and any where you get her
No tyrants from can break her down no traitor can upset her
Now the old Union Wagon the nations all admired
Her wheels had run for four score years and never once been tired
Her passengers were happy as long her way she whirled
And the Old Union Wagon was the glory of the world
But when Old Abe took command the South wheel got displeased
Because the public fat was gone that kept her greased
And when he gathered up the reins & started on his route
She plunged into Secession & knocked some fellers out
Now while in the Secession's mire the wheel was stuck very tightly
Some lousy passengers got in & cursed the driver slightly
But Abram couldn't see it so he didn't heed the Clatter
There's too much black mud on the wheel that's what's the matter
So Abram gave them notice that in eighteen sixty three
Unless the Rebels dried it up he'd set their niggers free
And then the man that led the war to fight against our nation
Would drop his gun & home he'd run to fight against starvation
When Abram said free the slaves that furnished their supplies
It opened Northern traitors months & Southern traitors eyes
The slaves said they will run away if you this ruely freed them
But Abram guessed perhaps they best go home and oversee them
A sound our Union Wagon with shoulders to the wheel
A million soldiers...with hearts as true as steel
And of all generals high or low that helped them save the nation
There's none that strike a harder blow than General Emancipation.".
The piece has a few faults but is in generally Fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0473
A Document Fragment Signed by Three Prominent New York Revolutionary and Political Leaders
Fragment of a Document measuring 6 ½” x 3 ½”, mounted to a larger sheet measuring 9” x 5 ¼” overall. Among other signatures are affixed those of John Hathorn, Jesse Woodhull and Henry Wisner. All signatures have a wax seal at their conclusion.
John Hathorn (1749 – 1825). American politician, congressman, militia officer during the American Revolution. Hathorn served on the committee which determined the location for the Great Chain across the Hudson River which blocked the British advance.
Jesse Woodull (1735 – 1795) Delegate of the New York Provincial Congress, Member of the Constitutional Convention in 1788, brother of General Nathaniel Woodhull.
Henry Wisner ( ca. 1720 – 1790). Delegate of the New York Provincial Congress, Member of the Constitutional Convention in 1788, Constructed powder mills to supply Washington’s army with gunpowder, financed cannon and defensive works on the Hudson river to prevent British navigation and inland operations.
W. W. Thompson served as Sheriff of Orange County from 1781 – 1785.
An interesting association of these prominent early New York leaders. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1793
A Document Signed By Thomas Gibbons The Man Who Won The Important Gibbons Vs Ogden Anti-Trust Suit, Effectively Destroying The New York Steamboat Monopoly
THOMAS GIBBONS (1757 - 1826). Gibbons was a lawyer, politician, and steamboat operator. He is best remembered as the plaintiff in the famous Giggons Vs Ogden anti-trust suit whereby Chief Justice John Marshall handed down one of his most famous decisions nulling many monopolies. DS 1 pp 7"x 3 1/4". New York 15th Aug. 1803. A partly printed “Manhattan Company” check signed “Th Gibbons”. He paid “--” $100.00. There is a small woodcut vignette of a male figure seated on the ground. Bank cut cancellations, but not affecting signature. Gibbons is a highly important figure in American business history and a rare autograph
Catalog: # AM-0311
A Fabulous Pro-union Civil War Poem Entitled "Our Union"
CIVIL WAR. MD. 2pp. 4" x 7 1/2". n.p. n.d. A manuscript poem entitled "Our Union" supporting the Union cause: "Dissolve this mighty Union / Go stop you rolling sun / Blot out the planets from this sphere / Which now in oder run / Go stop the raging billows / Go calm the raging sea / And then this mighty Union / May be dissolved by thee / Dissolve this happy Union / Command our Good to sleep / And cause the sons of Freedom / In bitterness to weep / But hark they say with one accord / This blessed land shall shine / The Freedom of this Country / Be preserved by power divine / Dissolve this matchless Union / Oh what a wicked thought / The blast this mighty structure / That was so dearly bought / Dissolve the starry Union / Go hide your shameful heads / Behold the mighty hand of God / Her spangled Banner spreads / Dissolve this wide spread Union / Her mountains on your frown / Volcanoes in their fiery mist / In floods to sweep your down / But hark from every State the sound / Of union still is heard / Her countless sons assemble round / Their banners at a word". The poem is in very fine condition with white paper and dark ink. Though the writer is unknown, the spirit is apparent and moving.
Catalog: # AM-0181