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A Proxy Document Signed By Edward Swift

EDWARD F. SWIFT (d. 1932). A son of Gustavus Swift Sr, the founder of Swift and Company, Edward served as president of Compania Swift Internacional, S.A. and Swift Refrigerator Transportation Co. He also served as vice president of Swift and Company and a director of numerous corporations. A "Proxy and Waiver Irving National Bank" document signed "Edward F. Swift". The document assigned several other men to vote for Swift at the stockholders' meeting. It is in Fine condition, with the exception of two pin holes with a dark signature and a 10 cent red Document stamp.
Catalog: # AM-1167
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $45.00

A Rare Autograph Of Early Printer Solomon Southwick

[The James Franklin Printing Press] In 1717, James Franklin, older brother of Benjamin Franklin, returned home to Boston afer serving as a printer’s apprentice in England. He brought with him this printing press. Made in London of unseasoned English elm, probably about 1650, the press proved to be rugged enough to take over a century’s worth of continuous hard work. It was a “common press,” designed to be dismantled for easy transport. Upon his return to Boston with the press, James Franklin established one of the first newspapers in the American colonies, The New England Courant. Soon Franklin’s younger brother, Benjamin was place with Jams as an apprentice by their father. This relationship turned sour, however, and Benjamin ended his apprenticeship early by running away to Philadelphia.The strong political views that James expressed in the editorials of the Courant provoked the Boson authorities to censor him. Like so many before him, rather than submit to their authority, he left the restrictive atmosphere of Massachusetts and came to the more tolerant Rhode Island in 1725. James Franklin created printing history when he arrived in Newport. He became the most prolific printer in Rhode Island printing the currency of the colony, The Acts and Resolves of the General assembly, hundreds of broadsides, almanacs, and countless other printed pieces. He established Rhode Island’s first-if shore lived- newspaper, the Rhode Island Gazette, which was published between 1732 and 1733.By 1733, Benjamin Franklin had established himself as a printer in Philadelphia. James Franklin died in 1735, and Benjamin Franklin took his nephew, James Franklin, Jr., as his apprentice. Young James remained with his uncle until he was old enough to return to Newport and take over management of him family’s shop in 1748. In the meantime, Anne Franklin, James’ widow, and her daughter took over the shop.In 1758, after James, Jr. returned from Philadelphia, the Franklin family established the Newport mercury, which has been in continuous publication to this day. It is now published by the Sherman Family who also publishes the Newport Daily News, James Jr. died in 1762 and his mother once again took over the printing operation, this time with her son-in-law Samuel Hall.In 1768, Hall sol the press and the business to Solomon Southwick. In July 1776 Southwick printed copies of the Declaration of Independence for all the towns of Rhode Island. Southwick continued using the press until the American Revolution. During the war, Solomon Southwick buried part of the Franklin Press behind his house on Broadway in an attempt to hide from the British. A local Tory informed on Southwick and the British dug up the press for their own use during their occupation of the city.
Catalog: # AM-1330
State: Rhode Island
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $500.00

A Rare Ebenezer Breed Document, Owner Of Breed’s Hill, The Site of The Battle of Bunker Hill

Ebenezer Breed. American merchant and owner of Charlestown’s Breed’s Hill. It was upon Breed’s Hill that much of the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. Autograph Document Signed, “Ebenr Breed,” internally. One page. No place. 1774. Breed writes: “Mr. Baker to Ebenr Breed To the hire of a horse & shay to Salem ₤4.10.0 To a horse & sulky to Medford and Cambridge and to Jamaca [sic] to Call a Councill & Expenses 4.0.0 ₤8.10.0.” Pen notation at lower edge identifies Breed as owner of Breed’s Hill. Usual folds, some very light toning to left edge, else Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-283
State: Massachusetts
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $1250.00

A Rare Ethan Allen ADS To Fellow Green Mountain Boy John Grant

Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789). Ethan Allen can be recognized for his many accomplishments; however, American Revolutionary War hero is his greatest distinctions. As leader of the famous Green Mountain Boys he led a campaign throughout Vermont and the surrounding area during the Revolution. His Green Mountain Boys were able to capture the British Fort Ticonderoga amongst winning other battles. ADS. 1 page. June 5, 1782. Allen writes in full indicating receipt of payment of a note due him; “June the 5th day 1782 then received of John Grant the full contents of a certain note in my favour against him and do hereby discharge the same it being the only note which I have against him as witness my hand -Ethan Allen” This discharges the debt to Ethan Allen from a fellow Green Mountain Boy John Grant. A choice and rare full Allen ADS. Few mounting traces on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1816
Topic: American Revolution

A Scarce War Date Cavalry Order Signed By Confederate General Humphrey Marshall

Humphrey Marshall (1812-1872). A four-term antebellum United States Congressman and a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army and a Confederate Congressman during the American Civil War, Minister to China. Scarce War Date LS. 1 Page. 7 1/2" x 12". Head Quarters Lebanon VA. March 11th, 1862. Marshall issues "Special Order No. 33" concerning the promotion of a "Rifle Mounted Battalion" officer. "Assistant Adjutant General Ben F. Bradley having been requested by the officers and men of the Rifle Mounted Battalion to accept the command of said battalion as Major threreof, and having signified his desire to accept the commission now tendered to him by the suffrages of the Battalion, is relieved from duty as a member of teh Brigade Staff from this date. He will proceed immediately to the command of the battalion of Mounted Rifles with the rank of Major, subject of course to the approval of the President and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. II: Bartonn W. Jenkins, having been heretofore selected as Aid-de-Camp to the Brigadier General commanding, will be respected accordingly." Boldly signed at the conclusion "H. Marshall, Brig. Genl Comg." A scarce war dated cavalry order signed by Marshall. Fine.
A fine content letters from the scarce general. Fine.

Catalog: # AM-3288
Price: $1250.00

A Scarce War Date Military Document Signed By French Admiral Comte de Grasse

François Joseph Paul de Grasse (1722 – 1788). French Admiral who commanded the French Fleet at the Battle of Chesapeake, leading to the British surrender at Yorktown. DS. 1 page. 8” x 12 ½”. Signed while “Aboard the Orient, March 8, 1778” Article of the Gunner aboard the ship L’Orient. Not fully translated though the document details the cordage necessary for mooring cannons following the new method of procedure. The quantities of rope and other details of the procedure are provided. The Orient was an 80 gun ship in the French navy. In 1778 it was reduced to 74 guns and was wrecked in Trincomalee in the East Indies in February 1782. (Wikipedia). Folds. A scarce war date document signed by the French naval commander who secured American victory at Yorktown through his naval blockade.
Catalog: # RN-170
Country: France
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $4500.00

A Signature Of Clarence H. MacKay

Clarence H. MacKay. S. 4 1/4" x 2 3/4". n.p. n.d. A signature of Clarence H. MacKay on a small card, inscribed to "Mr. Colville". It is in choice condition.
Catalog: # AM-0318
Topic: Business
Price: $45.00

A Superb Charles Lindbergh Signed Photograph In An Early Silver Plate Frame

Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974). Lindbergh was the first solo man to fly across the Atlantic nonstop. His 1927 flight to Paris in The Spirit of St. Louis took him thirty-three hours and made him a hero. His later life was controversial, as his first child was kidnapped and Lindbergh advocated American neutrality during World War II. Signed Photo. 8” x 10”. A Choice Portrait of Lindbergh wearing a suit. Boldly signed “C. A. Lindbergh”. The photograph is currently framed in an early, period worn, silver plated metal frame. A wonderful example for one seeking a nice Lindbergh signed photo. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-0110
Topic: Aviation
Price: $2500.00

A Very Scarce Autograph Of Political Reformer And Leader Of The Dorr Rebellion

THOMAS W. DORR (1805-1854). Political reformer. Between the end of the revolution and the mid-1830s, attempts by the residents of Rhode Island to increase their limited suffrage had consistently met with contemptuous obstruction from the state government. By the early 1840s, Rhode Island was the only state which had not adopted practical manhood suffrage, and the only state not operating under a written constitution. The old colonial charter, under which the state was governed, permitted only those possessing a "moderate landed estate" to vote, thus effectively disenfranchising over half the state's male population. It has been estimated that, under this system, as few as 1,800 voters were controlling the state whose population was roughly 110,000. It was in this atmosphere that a "People's Party," led by Dorr, was formed, held a convention, drafted a constitution, and submitted it to the people for approval. Despite the fact that this constitution was overwhelmingly approved by the population, 14,000 to 100, the entrenched state government refused to acknowledge the results. In early 1842, the Dorrites, acting in accordance with their constitution, elected a full slate of government officials, with Dorr as governor. Thus, by May of that year, there were two governments, both claiming to be the state's legitimate governing body. Both governors, acting independently of one another, issued proclamations and carried on state business. Governor King, despite the fact that the People's Party had not attempted to seize the state house or machinery of government, appealed to Washington for help. In response, Dorr went to Washington to plead his case, unsuccessfully, to the President, and returned to find martial law had been declared in his absence, and a reward offered for his capture. He surrendered voluntarily, was tried for treason, and sentenced to hard labor for life in June 1844. This harsh, "spiteful", sentence infuriated many, even supporters of the old government, and Dorr was released in 1845. As a result of "Dorr's Rebellion", a new, more liberal state constitution was adopted, giving voting rights to native-born men of legal age who paid taxes of $1 or more or served in the state militia. Rare signature “Thos. W. Dorr”, mounted and Very Good.

Catalog: # AM-3274
Price: $750.00

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