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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

A William Gladstone Signed Cover Panel Addressed To Cyrus Field

 FIELD, CYRUS W.
WILLIAM GLADSTONE (1809 - 1898). British Prime Minister. Front panel of an envelope addressed to American financier Cyrus Field. Signed by Gladstone at lower left. Cover indicates the letter was sent June 14, 1866. A fine association of these two figures. Trimmed. Fine
Catalog: # AM-0863
Topic: Free Franks
Price: $165.00

A Young Man In England During The Napoleonic Wars Offers His Father News Of The French Fleet Andengland’s Struggle “For Existence As A Nation”

Autograph Letter Signed, “Thomas Massie.” Two pages, 7 ¼” x 9 ¼. No place. No date. The document reads: “My Dear Father: I now take up my pen to enclose you another sheet in the letter Mr. (?) is so kind as to take charge of for me. It is reported here that Jamaica is taken by the French Toulon and Spanish Fleet which if true will give a dreadful blow to the English commerce, Intelligence which is published as authentic has also been received from the isle of France stating the capture of 30 British Indiamen by Admiral Linois. The French have now twenty ships of the Line at Brest beside a great many frigates independent of the Rochefort and Toulon fleets, and there are even more first rates at Antwerp that will be soon ready for sea. England cannot send to sea more than fifty ships of the Line because she actually wants men and money to equip the rest she is fighting now not for glory but actually for existence as a Nation. It is the opinion of most intelligent men whom I have conversed with that the Government will declare itself Bankrupt. The National debt is so enormous that to pay the interest of it requires so large a proposition of the money they are capable of raising, that enough is not left for the means of a sufficient defense. Mr. (?Gist) I suspect feared (?) went of this kind from his great anxiety to sell his stock and purchase Land.” With our correspondent’s reference to Admiral Linois’ capture of ‘British Indianmen’ we can date this fascinating letter to between 1803 and 1806, near the outset of the extended Napoleonic Wars. While our correspondent expresses fear of the collapse of Britain, England would continue to stand against the expanding French Empire with a revolving set of European allies until the Sixth coalition restored the French monarchy and exiled Napoleon to Elbe in 1814. A fascinating firsthand account of this turbulent period at a very dangerous point in England’s history.
Catalog: # AM-1729
Country: England
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $450.00

Abbott Laurence

Abbott Laurence (1792 – 1855). American businessman, politician and philanthropist. Founder of Lawrence, Massachusetts. ALS. 1 page. Boston, July 3, 1841. To John T. Adams, Washington, D.C. “I enclose a lwtter to Mr. Webster which please read and seal and send it to him or present it in person if you prefer it. We have nothing new here, Yours Truly, Abbott Lawrence” Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0073
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Abbott Laurence ALS

Abbott Laurence (1792 – 1855). American businessman, politician and philanthropist. Founder of Lawrence, Massachusetts. ALS. 1 page. Boston Dec. 14th, 1849. To Henry C. Wiley, Esq., Saxton’s River, Vermont.; “I received your note in due course of mail and beg to state in reply that I believe General Taylor will redeem all the pledges we have made for him in the late political canvas. Please accept the assurances with which I remain dear sir, Your faithful obt. Servt. Abbott Lawrence” Folds. Fine
Catalog: # AM-0074
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Abolitionists, Whigs and The Mexican War

Autograph Letter Signed, “Geo. Haven.” Three pages, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. Meriden, MA. October 4, 1849. Addressed on integral leaf to “Liberty F. Thurber, Washington Vt.” Haven comments upon a suicide and later writes, in part: “ … Politics is what I don’t have much to do with now for I am drove very hard with study and finally I never had much to do with them. You seem to laugh because the Whigs & Abolitionists got beat last Spring. If you had minded the State vote last spring you should have found that Colby the Whig candidate gained about three thousand while Berry the abolition candidate lost to a great rate … the Mexican War raised considerable excitement this way. How it will terminate I cannot tell. I am for the Wilmot Proviso. No more slave territory. The Democrats in this State are against eh Wilmot Proviso. You are aware that the 1st & 3rd District sent a Whig & Abolitionist Representative last June. N.H. has now one Abolition Senator, one Democrat, two Democrat Representatives, one Abolitionist & one Whig. So they are even in the House & Senate …”
Catalog: # AM-0117
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $275.00

Actor Arthur Kennedy ALS

 KENNEDY, ARTHUR
ARTHUR KENNEDY. (1914 –1990) was an American stage and film actor best known for his performances in Westerns. ALS. 1pp. 6" x 9 1/2". Hotel Algonquin. April 11, 1947. An autograph letter signed by Arthur Kennedy to PIC magazine editor Victor Wagner: "May I express my appreciation for being included in the PIC honor roll. I shall be delighted to accept your luncheon invitation on May 16th." The piece is in extremely fine condition overall with dark ink.
Catalog: # AM-0347
Topic: Actors/Actresses
Price: $90.00

Address panel entirely in Washington’s hand

 WASHINGTON, GEORGE
GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799). First President of the United States; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; President of the Constitutional Convention and signer of the U.S. Constitution. 6 ¼” x 3”. Address panel entirely in Washington’s hand. “To the Hon. Abr. Yates Esqr. Presid’t of the Congress of the State of New York.” Mounted to a slightly larger paper.
Catalog: # RN-243
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $3500.00

Adjutant General Lutz Wahl On War Department Letterhead

Lutz Wahl (1869 – 1928). Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. ALS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 10 ½”. On imprinted letterhead of The Adjutant Generals’s Office. “My dear Hamilton; Let me congratulate you upon your deserved promotion. With kindest regards, I am, Very sincerely, Wahl” Some light ghosting at lower right quarter. Light mounting traces on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1580
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Military History
Price: $90.00

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