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(Abolitionism)

(Abolitionism) DS. 1pp 8” x 3”. July 12, 1844. Boston A p[partly printed receipt for “The Emancipator and Free American”, it confirms that someone paid for twenty-one copies of the magazine. It is in fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0123
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Black History
Price: $125.00

1771 Letter Written and Signed: Munro, Harry

Albany August 2 1771 Sir, I am obliged to you for sending me the Brandy and Biskets. When I wrote the last letter, I intended to have sent it by another person, and when I have it to Mr. Beckham, I forgot the 30 shillings which I intended to send you to pay for the Brandy. I now send you by Mrs. Munro, one pound twelve and six pence for the last things, agreeable to your account. Mr. Bogart’s flour, you remember, I paid for it, just as I was going aboard. I remain Sir, Your most humble servant, Harry Munro To Mr. E. Banker” MUNRO, HARRY (1720-1781) Scottish soldier and politician; Member of British Parliament for Ross-shire and Tain Brughs. Hanoverian dynasty loyalist and served as a Captain in Loudon’s Highlanders Regiment in the 1740s during the Jacobite rising of 1745.
Catalog: # AM-3329

1833 Release Of Dower

Autograph Letter Signed Philadelphia, May 31, 1833. 1 page, 13” x 8”. Postal cover on verso. The letter reads: “Dear Sir, I send you the Release of Dower - will you and your wife please sign it opposite the seals, where I have marked your names in pencil...acknowledge it before the mayor of Trenton, who will put in his signature and city seal...” Dower rights came from the English common law system and were followed in the American colonies, continuing in most states well into the 19th century. The dower right of any validly married woman was established as soon as her husband became possessed of an estate in real property that could be inherited by his children. Some occasional staining; Very Good.
Catalog: # AM-1662
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $125.00

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
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

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
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $90.00

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
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

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
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $95.00

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
Topic: Civil War
Price: $300.00

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
State: New York
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $275.00

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

 GIBBONS, THOMAS
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
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $450.00

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
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $225.00

A Fine Association Of Banker August Belmont And Civil War General Daniel Sickels

 SICKLES, DANIEL E.
AUGUST BELMONT (1813-1890) Financier; Diplomat. At the age of fourteen, Belmont began working at the office of the Rothschilds in Frankfurt, Germany. His skill for finance won him numerous promotions within the company until in 1837, during the financial panic, he formed his own company in New York with his only tangible asset being that of his agency in the U.S. for the Rothschilds. Within a few years, Belmont was one of the leading bankers in the nation.Partially PRitned “Bank of the Metropolis” Check Signed on verso, “August Belmont.” Check is also signed as maker by DANIEL SICKLES (1819-1914) American soldier and diplomat. 8” x 2 3/4”. New York. January 28, 1884. Orange revevenu underprint. “Certified Stamp of the Metropolis” stamp at left edge. Punch and pen cancelled. Very Fine. This item has been encapsulated by PASS-CO and is accompanied by a Certified Silver PASS. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1357
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $350.00

A Fine Content Letter Detailing The Loss Of Equipment During A Charge By A Regiment Of Colored Troops Signed By Four Black Soldiers

[Civil War – Black Soldiers]. Camp 1st U. S. Colored Troops In the Field Va Nov. 12th/64 I certify on honor, that on the 27th day of October 1864 at and in the vicinity of White Oaks before Richmond Va, the articles enumerated below were lost, under the following circumstances. The Regt. to which my company belongs after a severe march from 5 a.m. to a short time before sundown being almost constantly on foot took up a position on the extreme right of the 18th Army Corps in their recent movement on the left of the enemy’s line before Richmond Va. After running considerable distance the Regt. deployed in thick under brush and moved at the same gait for considerable distance by the flank to our right, the men being by this time nearly exhausted, into an open field. About half a mile to our left was the Rebel line of works, which opened immediately with a battery upon us. We then fronted to the left and charged the works, which were carried, with two pieces of Artillery. We were however ordered to retire, as the rebels were massing upon our flank and we had no supports; In the charge many of the men were compelled to throw away their extra trappings to keep up, while others lost theirs by the breakage of the fastenings. In the charge Two men were killed and ten wounded belonging to my company. Our dead and severely wounded were left on the field, those that were helped off, lost their (??) as they had to be helped along for considerable distance before army ambulances could be found. The following is a list of the articles so lost. (17) Seventeen Haversocks (13) Thirteen Canteens (2) Two Shelter Tents (2) Two Pairs Great Coat Straps Nathan L. Bishop The regiment was organized in the District of Columbia in May and June of 1863. The incident detailed within this letter took place during the Battle of Fair Oaks. While a retained copy, the letter is signed at the conclusion by four Black soldiers, 1st Lieut. Nathan L. Bishop, and three sergeants, Henry Green, Robert Bouldin and John Ross An exceptional letter detailing colored troops at the during the Battle of Fair Oaks and signed by four Black soldiers.
Catalog: # AM-1680
State: Virginia
Topic: Civil War
Price: $575.00

A Fine Early Massachusetts Land Transaction Signed by these three Promiment Massachusetts People – John Weld, William Dudley and Samuel Gerrish

William Dudley (1686 – 1743) a man of brilliant talents, which he exercised both in civil and military life. At the age of twenty he was sent on a most important and delicate mission to Canada, to negotiate an exchange of prisoners. Son of Joseph Dudley Colonial Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1702 to 1715. Samuel Gerrish. Publisher, bookseller. A strong advocate of the Regular Singing Movement in Boston during the 1720’s. John Weld. Member of the prominent Weld family of Massachusetts. “Whereas my honoured Granfather Joseph Weld of Roxbury has recorded to him in the records of Roxbury, two hundred & seventy eight acres in the four thousand granted to Roxbury by reason of Dedham, ( ) them as may be seen by the records of the town and general court and John Weld being the only surviving grandchild of the said Joseph have & Do by these presents convey and make over to my cosin Joseph Weld of Roxbury all my right, title or interest in the said two hundred & seventy eight acres or what may be granted to me on the petition now to be preferred to the honorable court to have & to hold the same to the said Joseph Weld his heirs & assigns forever. As witness my hand & seal this 24th Novr. 1736…Signed by John Weld at the conclusion and witnessed at left by Sarah Weld. William Dudley has signed below indicating that John Weld appeared “and acknowledged this instrument as his voluntary act & deed” John Weld signs again on the following page “It is agreed by & between the parties within …John and Joseph Weld that in case of any heirs of the first named Joseph except the within grantor shall recover any right or part in the within granted…the said John or his heirs will repay to Joseph, his heirs or assigns the one half of the consideration money…John Weld. Below, Prominent Bostonian Samuel Gerrish signs recording the transaction. A superb association of prominent Massachusetts individuals signing a single land memorandum document.
Catalog: # AM-0042
State: Massachusetts
Price: $750.00

A Fine William Green Letter On American Federation Of Labor Letterhead

William Green (1873 - 1952) Second long-term president of the American Federation of Labor, serving from 1924 until his death in 1942.TLS. 1 page. 8 1/2” x 11”. On imprinted American Federation of Labor Letterhead. Washington, D.C. December 12, 1945. Addressed to Mr. Harold Sherwin of Rosalia, Washington. “Dear Mr. Sherwin: I acknowledge receipt of the letter dated November 30th signed by you and other members of the Adult Bible Class of the Rosalia Methodist Church. I cannot believe that you mean to convey the idea that wage proposals submitted by different groups of labor are unreasonable and unjustifiable. In this letter, however, you and your associates do not draw the line between reasonable and unreasonable proposals. Very truly yours, Wm. Green President American Federation of Labor.” A choice example for display.
Catalog: # AM-1585
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Social History
Price: $125.00

A John Wanamaker Autograph Note Signed

 WANAMAKER, JOHN
John Wanamaker. ANS. 1pp. 8" x 13". Philadelphia. Nov 13, 1899. An autograph note signed by famed merchant John Wanamaker that states: "To The Real Estate Trust Co of Philadelphia Please deliver above Bonds to Mr. Williams & take his receipt for the same & Oblige Jno Wanamaker". There is a typed statement above: "RECEIVED of John Wanamaker Twenty five thousand dollars in Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Trust fives, to be held in trust by this Company as collateral for payment of rewards for detection of offences under his proposition made public this date. Said Bonds to be returned on surrender of this receipt one year from date." The document is in very fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0289
Topic: Business
Price: $250.00

A Nice Association of Two Prominent Rhode Islanders - A Scarce Autograph of Esek Hopkins, Commander of the Continental Navy During the Revolution and Continental Congressman Henry Marchant

 HOPKINS, ESEK
7 ¼” x 3 1/8”. Manuscript Document Signed by both Henry Marchant and Esek Hopkins. “State of Rhode Island. The General Assembly at December Session 1779 ordered One Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-five Pounds 9/9 to be paid to Henry Marchant out of the General Treasury.” Docketed by Esek Hopkins on verso. Esek Hopkins (1718 – 1802) Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War, he was relieved of his command in 1778. He served the Rhode Island General Assembly through 1786. Signed by Marchant on verso in receipt of payment. Henry Marchant (1741 – 1796) Lawyer from Newport, Rhode Island and a United States Federal Judge. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779 when this document was signed. Folds and uneven right margin. Overall Fine. An interesting Association.
Catalog: # AM-1666
State: Rhode Island
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $900.00

A Photograph Signed By Circus Attraction Anna Eliza Leak

 LEAK, ANNA ELIZA
ANNA ELIZA LEAK. ISP. 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". n.p. Aug. 24, 1871. A carte-de-visite signed and inscribed on the verso by Leak: "I write poetry & prose holding my pen between my toes. Ann E. Leak Born without arms age 29 years Georgia Aug. 24, 1871." The photograph shows her sitting on a counter with her bare feet on a silver tea service. Considering the circumstances, the writing is incredibly neat, dark and legible. She performed this routine in the same shows that featured Tom Thumb, among other noteworthy attractions. It was Barnum who invented the concept of the sideshow as a source of additional income, and also he who merged his "Hall of Human Oddities" with his circus. It is quite rare to see remnants of Barnum's spectacles, save those of Tom Thumb, in our age. The item shows some wear around the edges, but is in fine condition overall, and a reminder of what passed for entertainment years ago.
Catalog: # AM-0459
Topic: Signed Photographs
Price: $350.00

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 Broadside On The Execution of Louis H. F. Wagner Who Was Convicted Of The Axe Murders Of Two Woman On The Isles Of Shoals Off The Coast Of New Hampshire

[Criminal History]. Broadside. 6 3/4" x 12". Printed by Opinion Printing, Rockland, Maine. Poems commemorating the execution by hanging of Louis H. F. Wagner and John True Gordon "who were hung at Thomaston, Me., June 25, 1875." In 1873, northern New England witnessed two brutal axe murders within three months apart from one another. The first of the murders occurred when a German-born fisherman named Louis Wagner killed two women, Anethe Christensen and Karen Christensen. Wagner had recently moved to the area and was living in poverty. He worked for a local fishing company where he financially lived day to day. He was known for complaining to his fellow workers about his lack of money and poor clothing. Furthermore, Wagner often talked about he adored Anethe Christensen despite not being able to have her. On one night in March, Wagner tried to solve his problems himself. He stole a local fisherman’s boat and began to row out to Smuttynose Island. His plan was to rob, murder, and possibly rape the three Christensen sisters who lived there alone. With only a hand-axe, Wagner was able to kill two of the three women while severely injuring the other. Amongst the intensity of the situation, one sister was able to escape and hide in the rocks on the beach until neighbors saw her around dawn. Wagner was eventually convicted of murder and hanged at Maine State Prison. Wagner maintained he was innocent until he was hung, and the warden of the prison supported his claims. On the day of Wagner’s hanging, another axe-murdering man, John True Gordon, accompanied Wagner. Also claiming his innocence, Gordon had far more evidence against him. The farm house of Almon and Emma Gordon was brutally ravaged and burned on June 16, 1873. Both Almon and Emma, as well as their year and a half old daughter were killed. Almon and Emma’s six-year-old son was brutally injured but survived. The testimonies of those in the house and the blood found on items in John True Gordon’s living quarters were major players in the conviction. However, the most powerful piece of evidence was the fact that John was vehemently trying to save furniture while the farm burned down rather than trying to save a single member of the family. In the end, it was determined that John’s motivation was likely to have involved his father’s passing of the family farm land to his younger brother Almon. There was also speculation that John had a very conflicting relationship with Almon’s wife, Emma. A rare broadside from the hanging that features pictures and descriptive poems about both killers. We are aware of one other in existence though others are likely to be found. Some light dampstaining, Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3020
State: New Hampshire
Topic: Crime History
Price: $1750.00

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
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A Rarely Seen William Bingham Check

 BINGHAM, WILLIAM
WILLIAM BINGHAM (1752-1804). American statesman from Philadelphia who helped to found the first bank of the new nation. Autograph Pay Order Signed, “Wm Bingham.” One page, 7 ½” x 3 ¼”. “Black Point.” November 24, 1792. With docketing on verso. Bingham writes:   “Please to pay to Mr. William Lloyd on order five hundred & seventy dollars, for value received, which charge to Account   Your obed Serv. Wm. Bingham. Nicholas Law Esq. New York.”   A leading Philadelphia banker and financier who aided the Revolutionary cause, William Bingham was also a major land developer in the early years of the American nation, purchasing over 2 million acres in Maine in addition to land in upstate New York. Our note was drafted at Bingham’s recent New York purchase, where he established a country retreat on 200 acres of Black Point farmland that is today known as Bingham Hill. 
Catalog: # AM-0208
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $575.00

A Scarce Cleburne Signature With Rank

PATRICK CLEBURNE (1828 - 1864). Confederate Major General. Planned the capture of the U.S. Arsenal in Arkansas, wounded at Perryvill. Killed in Action at the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. 3 1/8" x 1 ½”. On blue paper. Cut signature with sentiment "Your Obt. Servt., P. R. Cleburne, Maj. Genl." Cleburne's autograph has been extremely rare and elusive to many Confederate General specialists. A superb opportunity to add this important and highly desirable rarity to a special collection. In Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3409
Topic: Confederate & Southern States
Price: $3250.00

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

 MACKAY, CLARENCE H.
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 ALS By Sir Henry Moore To Sir William Johnson Just Weeks Before His Sudden Death In New York

“I am not at all surprised that the Indians should be uneasy at the recall of the Commissioners without others being appointed by the Province…” Sir Henry Moore (1713 – 1769). British Colonial leader, Royal governor of New York from 1765 – 1765. ALS. 2 ¼ pages. 6 ¼” x 8”. New York, Augst. 21, 1769. Sr.I am extremely concerned to hear of the accident mentioned in your letter to me & Hope that before this comes to hand, you will be free from all the effects of it. I am not at all surprised that the Indians should be uneasy at the recall of the Commissioners without others being appointed by the Province in their ( ), & mentioned my apprehensions of it to some members of the assembly before their proragation, but it was without effect and , & the inadequate provision made for the Interpreters and Smiths shows how little the matter in agitation was then understood; I shall renew my application to the members in Town, that they may be better prepared at the opening of the approaching session, where I hope every thing will be settled to the satisfaction of the Indians, & shall to morrow lay before His Majesty’s Council what you have urg’d upon that Head. The division of the County of Albany has been brought upon the carpet, in almost every session of assembly since my arrival here; All joyn in allowing it to be necessary, but they cannot agree on the like of division. I have never seen the petition mention’d in your letter concerning this matter, & shall be obliged to you for your sentiments on it, in support of it; as in all probability this affair will be reviv’d again in the next session, I should be glad to be prepar’d for any objections which may be rais’d to you plan. Nothing by my absence from this City & my indisposition since my return, has prevented my ( ) to you on the subjects of your former letter. I beg you will make my Compts. & apology to Col. Johnson, for not having forwarded his commission sooner, I can assure him it was order’d immediately upon the receipt of your letter & the delay has only been owing to the cause here set forth, but shall be dispatched immediately. I am with great truth & regard, Sr. your most obed.t & huml. Sert. H. Moore” Moore pens this letter just three weeks prior to his sudden death in New York City on September 11, 1769. Docketing is in Johnson’s hand. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1685
State: New York
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $2400.00

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

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

Adolph Lewisohn Signature

Adolph Lewisohn (1849 – 1938). Investment banker, mining magnate and philanthropist. Lewisohn donated the money for the longstanding Lewisohn Stadium in New York. DS. 1 page. Aug. 20, 1906. Signature on a stock receipt for shares in the Sierra Madre Development Company. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-0096
Topic: Business
Price: $65.00

Adolph Sutro ALS

 SUTRO, ADOLPH
ADOLPH SUTRO (1830-1898) Mayor of San Francisco and the namesake of various San Francisco landmarks. Autograph Letter Signed, " Adolph Sutro." Four pages, 5" x 8". San Francisco. March 5, 1878. Sutro writes to his wife, Leah, in part: " … I was glad to know that your knee has not troubled you so much - I think I would get the bandage made anyawy, for I believe when you get up you will be troubled again, with your knee. So if you think ti had better be made telegraph upon receipt of this the measurements precisely ... the length he gave me 8 1/2 inches, the instrument maker says is ivory ...IN telegraphing you need simply say length ... The instrument has to be long, so as to allow plaster and bandages to be applied to above and below the knee .... I hope Emma attends on you ... at least a good part of the time ..." Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1234
Topic: Business
Price: $350.00

Alexander Bullock

ALEXANDER H. BULLOCK (1816-1882) Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, Speaker of the House for Massachusetts and Governor of that state. Photograph of Bullock signed on verso “A.H. Bullock Speaker 1862” 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”.  No place. 1862. Backstamp reads, “Photographed by Claflin 188 Main St., Worcester.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0215
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $75.00

Alfred H. Colquitt

ALFRED H. COLQUITT (1824-1894) U.S. Senator, Governor of Georgia. During the civil war, he served in the Confederate army, reaching the rank of major general. 3 1/2” x 2 1/4” card Signed, “Alfred H. Colquitt Georgia” No date. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0238
State: Georgia
Topic: Civil War
Price: $175.00

Allen Turner Davidson Cut Signature

Cut Signature. 4” x 1 ¼”. ALLEN TURNER DAVIDSON, (1819- 1905). North Carolina Congressman, Lawyer and Banker.
Catalog: # AM-1650
Topic: Civil War
Price: $29.00

ALS From James Rivington Publisher Of The Loyalist Newspaper New York Gazette And One Of General George Washington’s Most Successful Spys

James Rivington (1724-1802) English-born American journalist and publisher of Rivington’s Gazette, one of the most infamous Loyalist newspapers in the American colonies and a spy for General Washington. Autograph Letter Signed, “James Rivington” with integral address leaf to Jacob Reed, Member of So. Carolina at Congress: One page. New York .November 1, 1784. Rivington writes “Sir This morning received your favor of the 30 Ulto & beg leave to intimate that the Buckles mentioned in your letter shall be forwarded to Trenton by the first proper opportunity. My clerk tells me the price fixed on had you taken them, was five guineas, at which they are now reserved for you. A set of Rollins Roman History 4 Volumes, was last Saturday forwarded to a new established library society at Princeton to which I presume W. James Bond Read will join himself with the other students and of course derive the benefits without the expense of purchasing that voluminous work. I am, sir, Your most obliged and faithfull, humble servant. James Rivington.” The Address leaf is stamped with a free frank; “N. York nov:* 1*FREE.” While James Rivington was generally believed to be the Loyalist printer of the New York Gazette during the British occupation, he actually acted as a spy for General Washington to great effect. During the war, his greatest achievement is the capture of the British Navy’s entire signal book, which was passed on to Admiral De Grasse by American forces. Left margin has a couple of areas of paper loss, with one just slightly affecting one word of text. A few age spots. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-180
State: New York
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $1250.00

Als Signed By Amos Kendall To Lewis Cass

 KENDALL, AMOS
AMOS KENDALL A journalist, Kendall also served as Jackson and Van Buren’s Postmaster General. ALS signed by Amos Kendall to Lewis Cass. 1 page. Washington, June 23rd, 1859. 8” x 10”. Letter of recommendation for J.C. Lewis and signed by Amos Kendall. Two punch holes at left border. Ideal for framing.
Catalog: # AM-0971
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $175.00

Amasa Walker ALS

AMASA WALKER (1799-1875) businessman, economist, and U.S. representative. He was the father of Francis Amasa Walker. Walker helped found Oberlin College and lectured there (and at other colleges) on political economy for many years. During the panic of 1857 he had an opportunity to put his monetary theories to the test and his experiment saved many Boston banks. Walker was elected as a Republican to Congress to fill a vacancy in 1862 and 1863. In 1866 he published his widely read work “The Science of Wealth: A Manual of Political Economy.” Throughout his life he devoted himself to temperance, world peace, and abolition. Autograph Letter Signed from North Brookfield, 1845. Addressed to William Hyde regarding a lecture before the Lyceum. Integral address leaf with red postal stamp. On the seal is a tiny 1” x ¾” green printed stamp that reads “do good to them that despitefully use you” Says the Saviour. “Trample them in the dust” cries the Warrior. War is contrary to the Spirit of the Gospel.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1145
Topic: Business
Price: $60.00

American Major General During the Revolution, Lord Stirling

William Alexander (Lord Stirling) (1726 – 1783). American brigadier and major general during the revolution. ADS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 2 ¾” mounted to a larger sheet measuring 10 ½” x 6 5/8”.To Mr. Cartinens, “Six pound of two inch nails or 24 penny. March 5, 1776. Stirling”. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-127
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $900.00

American Unitarian Leader Henry Ware

Henry Ware (1764 – 1845). Preacher and theologian. Influential in the formation of Unitariansim and the American Unitarian Association in the United States. ALS. 1 page. 5” x 8”. May 18, 1836. To Dr. Pierce; “I received yesterday from Mr. Clarke of Sherburn a note, asking me to give the charge at his Ordination, and if it should not be in my power, to request you to perform that service. It was my intention to attend the ordination, being very desirous to visit my brother there. But I was served on Sunday with a very violent cold, which has confined me ever since to the house and mostly to my bed….I can have no hope of being well enough by Thursday to make it prudent for me to attend the Ordination. I am dear sir, with great regard, yours Henry Ware.” Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1523
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Religious History
Price: $125.00

An Archive Of Letters Herman Goering And His Wife

 GOERING, HERMAN
[NAZI GERMANY]. Archive of 78 items congratulating Hermann Goering and his wife, Emma, on the birth of their daughter, Edda, in 1938. HERMAN GOERING (1893-1946), a noted World War I flying ace, rose through the Nazi ranks to become the second most powerful man in Germany, only answering to Adolf Hitler. Goering was at the height of his popularity with the German public when his second wife gave birth to their only child. This event was highly publicized and resulted in a torrent of cards and letters from well-wishers. The items in this group are of varying sizes up to 8” x 10” and degrees of quality, ranging from simple penned notes to embossed full color cards. Many of the greetings, be they from Party officials or grandmothers, close with “Heil Hitler!”. One post card in particular stands out in that it shows the familiar needle and globe from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Datelined Flushing, Long Island, the card was written by a German- American who was probably a member of the pre-war Bund. Another signed “The heavily wounded in war Max Kierling, Heil Hitler!” On the back of a cherub angels greeting with hearts: “We wish that your little girl turns out like you: So German, So true, and So loved, like you. Dear Uncle Herman, could we please visit and see your little child…Dear Uncle Herman, Please say Yes!” Found with this was a note that read: “Cards and letters from a German Castle Taken by a pilot during World War II”. Each greeting is housed in its own sleeve along with a translation. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1004
Topic: World War II
Price: $2500.00

An Autograph Letter Signed From Harper's Weekly Editor George William Curtis

 CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM
George William Curtis. ALS. 1pp. 4 1/2" x 7". Staten Island. 15 April 1887. An autograph letter signed by George William Curtis: "The engagement of which I spoke is to the first Thursday of May - but I am sure that the end of the month would not be too late for your purpose". The letter has very light toning and is in fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0371
Topic: Literary
Price: $125.00

An Fine John Stark War Date Letter Signed Concerning The Defense Western New York

 STARK, JOHN

JOHN STARK (1728 - 1822).  American Major General during the American Revolution. Stark played a pivotal role in Early American Military history and is well known for coining the phrase “live free or die.” Commonly known as “the hero of Bennington” for his heroic actions in the Battle of Bennington in 1777, Stark also served in action at Bunker Hill, and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Furthermore, Stark commanded the Northern Department, a significant section of the Continental Army, from 1778 to 1781, the position from which he writes this letter. LS. 1 page. Saratoga, Oct. 11, 1781. Their headquarters in Saratoga, Stark and his accompanying forces were in a somewhat hostile environment. Fearing an impending attack from British and Native American forces just days before the British surrender at Yorktown.  Stark writes to General Peter Gansvoorte who commanded the New York Brigade at that time.  : "Dear Sir, The report of the enemy's camp on this side Lake George proved false - for which reason i think it best for you rendezvous your brigade at half moon, from where they can be enabled to move either to the westward or to this place, as shall be the most expedient in case the enemy should advance. I am dear sir your most obt. and loyal servant, John Stark" A fine war date letter with some repair at right margin. Fine.

 

 

 

Catalog: # AM-1822
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $3900.00

An Historic Document Concerning The Continental Army’s Loss Of £300,000 At The Disastrous Battle Of Camden Signed By William Blount And Richard Caswell

RICHARD CASWELL (1729-1789) First governor of North Carolina, representative to the Continental Congress of 1774 and 1775 and the commander of N.C. militia at the Battle of Camden. Document Signed, “R. Caswell.” One page, 9” x 13 1/2”. Kinston. May 11, 1785. The document reads, in part:

“ This Certifies that William Blount Esq. late paymaster - General of Militia of this state exhibited his account into the Comptrollers Office, upon oath, whereby it appears that he charged for £300,000 paper dollar money lost on the 16th of August 1780. Which at 175 for 1 (being the rate at which the Money was charged him in his former account settled in this office) amounts to £1714.5.4 For his service in Congress 2 months at £80 per month … and for the amount of Major General Caswell’s supplementary account …. ”

This historic document is also signed on verso by WILLIAM BLOUNT (1749-1800) U.S. Statesman. Blount served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention for North Carolina, was the first and only governor of the Southwest Territory and a Senator for Tennessee. In addition, he was the first U.S. Senator to be expelled from the Senate and the only Senator expelled outside of the Civil War.

During the Revolutionary War, William Blount served as regimental paymaster for the 3rd North Carolina Regiment. In this capacity, he fought alongside Washington’s main army in the defense of Philadelphia, an important battle that helped convince France to support the Revolution openly. Following this engagement, Blount returned home, serving first as chief paymaster of state forces and later as deputy paymaster general for North Carolina.

Upon the fall of Charleston, South Carolina, Blount helped to organize and serve with a North Carolinian militia. As a member of the North Carolina militia under the command of this document’s other signer, Richard Caswell, he was present at the disastrous battle of Camden on August 16, 1780. At this battle, General Horatio Gates hastily engaged British forces under Charles Cornwallis, and, due in large part to the untrained nature of the North Carolinian militia, saw his forces decimated in less than one hour. In the ensuing confusion, General Gates hastily departed the field along with many of his men, leaving behind not only seven guns, but also all American stores and baggage, a heavy loss that included the staggering sum of £300,000 noted in this document.

A fine document with a great association of two prominent North Carolina figures present at the disastrous Battle of Camden. A few minor pinholes. Some slight toning, not affecting legibility. Document tipped at edges to a paper frame, not affecting overall aesthetics. Very Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1051
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $4500.00

An Historic Letter Written To President Zachary Taylor Warning Him Of An Impending Assassination Attempt

 TAYLOR, ZACHARY


"I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me."

For over 150 years, there has been controversy regarding the untimely death of the twelfth president of the United States, Zachary Taylor. Well-known nationally for his heroic victories during the Mexican-American War, Taylor returned from the conflict to public adulation. As such, he was well positioned for a run at the presidency, which he easily secured in the first election held simultaneously in all states. The national political scene was treacherous indeed and Taylor immediately found himself embroiled in the divisive controversy over the expansion of slavery to which he was opposed.

This slavery issue, as well as a dangerous state of relations with Great Britain which had existed in the previous few years leading up to his election created a highly volatile and emotionally charged political environment both at home and abroad.

The landscape was littered with potential enemies, political and otherwise. It was long held that Taylor was a victim of a well placed assassin. Many had postulated that he was poisoned with arsenic. In 1991, after years of debate, his body was exhumed. Scientific examination concluded that there was no evidence suggesting he was murdered, however some scholars insist the debate is still open.

While the medical examinations may have concluded otherwise, one of the letters offered herein penned by an anonymous, well-placed official in the Polk administration certainly fuels the possibility that the debate over Taylor’s death remains open. This fascinating and historic letter provides further insight into one of the most mysterious American Presidential controversies in history at a time of great danger for the fledgling nation.

[Zachary Taylor] 1850. New York. 8pp. Written anonymously to President Zachary Taylor one year into his presidency. The letter writer, obviously in a high and powerful position in the government, sends a warning to Taylor of evil conspiracies, plots to destroy the country and assassination. This lengthy and highly important letter offers such fantastic detail and insight into the dangerous political environment of the period that we have recited it in its entirety.

“It seems necessary to inform you I trust I shall be sufficiently (intelligible).

While Bulwer is at Washington persons in private circles are there whose influences could be readily used to divert the attention of government from an investigation or impede its action. Emissaries have been out lately to assassinate a citizen of this country.

Since about the 3rd of this month he has been in great peril. It is believed that a kind of management through the press and paid writers is designed to cover and obscure the question, which is both vitally and practicably allied to the mode of opposition to the coconspiratory and evil purposes entertained by the existing interest — the existing order of things in England. It will be well to mark the influences upon the press closely.

As a citizen I have a right, and it is my duty to write my sentiments plainly to you. With true lights before you it is my belief that your own strong mind will direct things aright.

Persons who would attempt to defraud the people of their rights, by hired voters in this country, are quite as bad, in my opinion, as those who are base enough to be employed to commit perjury when giving their votes.

Mr. Clayton can answer you whether or not any persons are now in his confidence who were accused of what was termed pipe laying in 1840, in New York. If their should be, allow me to suggest, that your Excellency satisfy yourself as to the as to the justness of those allegations, before yielding weight to their opinions, in any thing - If true, it is probable, that some of the persons were got into the Scrape unreflectingly, at dinners or suppers and did not appreciate the extent of the designs or know the source from which they originated.

The origin of the affair was in England. If the project had succeeded, the happiness and interests of the people of this country would have fallen beneath a system of financial complexities and false elections. The plan to mar this country, tributory to the maintenance of the English system by auxiliary complexities and disorganization, failed.

In that period, as now, attempts were made to destroy the male representative of the exiled family, the other branch in this country was in against him, by some secret arrangement.

A person who had been employed and knew some part of the intrigues, said he never saw the play of Richelieu without being reminded of the affair. I had not then seen the play, or at least had no recollection that I had seen or read it - I obtained a copy, and upon reading was forcibly reminded of its analogy, in many respects. That there are conspiratory papers, I do not doubt. An important part of them, might, I think, upon one occasion have been obtained, provided that there had been a healthy and efficient action, in the police and magisterial departments to set out with. It is quite certain to me, that there is nothing encompassing in those departments in this City unsupported by the application of means and strong influences.

I think it was in 1845, passing by a book shop, a man stept from the door with an extra newspaper in hand, just after an arrival – and desired me to go with him, or send some person with him, to the Virginia Springs. He said that there was a person there, who had papers in his trunk, of utmost consequence – that the possession of them was of utmost consequence, and that they would implicate persons of highest respectability in this City.

His own signature was upon a paper in this mans possession: he had been employed by this man to assassinate me, had been much with him, and became in some manner possessed of secrets, beyond the point of assassination – the newspaper, which he held in his hand, contained a remark made by the Duke of Wellington, that the throne was in danger. I had held no conversation with this man, of a political character, what ——?.

I know he had been employed to assassinate me; that he had stated that this man not only had his signature with others to a banded gang, but that he had the signature of my brother in law and other persons, to other papers, and that there were persons on the other side of the Atlantic connected in the same manner. I cannot now question these statements in my own mind. The most strenuous and persevering yet cautious means have been used to test them. Where the labours of intelligence have prevailed to elicit facts in this case, the rack(?) might have failed. Yet did I move, or attempt to move one step, I should be called insane: headed; thus, at every point, and thus weaken the modes of defense, without obtaining aid or protection. The last news of the person who was then said to have been at the Springs in Virginia (was been ?) that he was in London, shouting with the nobility, at Crockfords.

There are reasons for the most profound and conspiratory proceeding and for my destruction preliminarily for the objects to be attained under those proceedings. No person who knows me will believe, I think, that I could be made an instrument in the hands of any persons to rivet the chains of a people to a system of financial Monarchy and Despotism; or that I could be brought into any secret or traitorous purposes towards the soil which has sheltered my father and afforded me its genial support. Of my existence is a hindrance to evil designs I shall endeavor to preserve it. The fact of its continuance is no evidence that attempts have not been made to deprive me of it; and, if the country is now safe, it is no evidence, it has not been in danger.

In 1845, there was a partial demonstration as if to touch the object of conspiracy; there was then organized gangs in this country sufficient to lay every Atlantic City in ashes; there was an English fleet at sea sufficient to strip the sea of our entire mercantile and naval marine, and blockade every port. Who will say that under such calamities, the public mind would not have staggered and reeled? The country was open to danger. The great fire in this City in 1845, I believe was the work of a gang so organized; there was a doubt on the minds of the conspirators as to what might be dared, or attempted in the then existing relations between the two countries. If an expose had been attempted to be forced by persons of weight and authority to carry it through, the direst consequences might then have ensued.

In July I think of 1845 the fire took place, and afterwards, in the same month the Unicorn Steamer lay for some time within Pistol Shot of the Battery. I do not know, that any thing has yet transpired, publicly as to the object of her visit. I think it was in August of that year Lord Palmerston, proposed to arm the militia of England. For What?

The Unicorn may have been here to carry away, or afford an asylum for evil persons; or to abduct me. I was so closely hunted at that time as to deem it scarcely prudent to sleep two nights at a place. I was alone, friendless, emaciated by care and almost distracted. If Mr. Polk was with you, he could not but say that I had done my duty to him and the country, without claiming protection beyond a voluntary and prudential disposition to grant it.

Had a war ensued, I should have been driven to the forest, and pursued for extermination, in order carry out the designs of conspiratory proceeding. If I had fallen by the assassins hand, the happenings and institutions of this country would as certainly have been assailed by future hands under those conspiratory designs as if the calamities of war had been hitherto, suddenly and treacherously imposed upon us, by an expose of the conspiracy itself and with the causes originating it, and the political secret and historical fact, so carefully concealed by the English Government, and so expensively guarded.

I send herewith the Atlas. An article - the concluding part - induces me to conjecture - that persons here may be employed, by the English Government through agencies here. It is my most earnest wish, Sir, that you may be enabled to see every thing, and misapprehend nothing.

/private/-

New York Jany 23, 1850”

The content of this detailed missive surely speaks for itself. In all likelihood, this dire warning to the president was penned by a highly placed member of the Polk administration, though we’ve been unable to determine who. This frightening letter surely would have been of grave concern to the president. When placed within the backdrop of the harsh political climate both at home and abroad, Taylor must have felt threatened at nearly every turn. This letter clearly demonstrates the conditions that existed to foster the long-held beliefs that Taylor may have been assassinated. While the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty was signed in 1850 easing some of the tensions between the United States and Great Britain, political foes in favor of slavery’s expansion at home clearly abounded with motivation to carry out an attempt on the president’s life. This letter offers what is perhaps some of the most shocking political content to come to market in quite some time.
Catalog: # AM-0917
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $25000.00

An Historically Important Account Of The British Quit Rents Collected For The Province Of New York For The Year Of September 29, 1765 to September 29, 1766 Signed By Colonial Governor Henry Moore

Sir Henry Moore (1713 – 1769). British Colonial leader, Royal governor of New York. Large DS. 1 page. 22” x 17”. “New York In America”. A detailed accounting of “His Majesty’s Letters Patents, Commencing The 29th Day Of September 1765 And Ending The 29th Day Of September 1766”. The document reveals detailed information by County as to the rents paid in Proclamation money on New York lands to the Crown. Payments made on the King’s warrants by the Commissioners of the Treasury are detailed. Countersigned at the lower right by Receiver General, Andrew Elliot (1728 – 1797). Lieutenant Governor of New York, Loyalist, Port Customs Collector, Receiver General. Loyalist. During the American Revolution, Elliot was one of the party of three who met with General Washington to plead for the life of British spy John Andre. A superb, historically informative early American Document signed by this two Colonial leaders. Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1798
State: New York
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $4500.00

An Idaho Man Tells How He Was Swindled Out Of His Wages By A "New York Capitalist"

(WEST). ALS. 2pp. 5 1/4" x 5". Murray, Idaho. Sept 12 [n.y.]. An autograph letter signed "Silas T. Branch" regarding Western life. Though this letter is not dated, it appears to be from the late 1800s, a very early Idaho date. Idaho was not admitted to the Union until 1890. Branch wrote to his father about how he was exploited while living there: "...nothing much going on except a little mineing [sic] there is nothing steady,...he has got to look sharp or he will get Beat out of his wages. I got Beat that way for $300.00 within the last year and I am not the only one that has been served that way. There was 10 of us started into work for a New York Capitalist last fall and the first month we got our pay the next month he said the money hadent [sic] come in yet but would be in pretty soon so we kept on until we had over 3 months wages coming [sic] and when winter came he skipped out without paying us and that has been the way ever since I have been in here men will come in here with a few Dollars and make folks think that they own the world and Bond some mine and put men to work and pay all right the first Payday and the next something will be the matter that is if the mines turns out to be no good and then they will say that they will have to go outside to russel the money to pay off and forget to come back...". The letter with this interesting content is in fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0167
Topic: Business
Price: $75.00

An Interesting Jay Cooke Signed Charter Of Incorporation Of The Ogontz Fishing Club Also Signed By Smith, Barney Founder Charles D. Barney

JAY COOKE (1821-1905). Banker. A chance move to Philadelphia as a result of the panic of 1837 determined Jay Cooke’s future career, with his eventually ending up as a partner in the distinguished banking house of Clark & Company in that city. Retiring as a wealthy man in 1857, he could not stay idle long, and founded Jay Cooke & Company in 1861, destined to become one of the most widely known banking houses in the country. Serving as treasury agent for the U.S. government during the Civil War, Cooke’s banking house handled with great success the larger part of the $2 billion in bonds which the government issued to finance the war effort. After the war, Cooke’s banking house specialized in financing very large enterprises, most notably the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In the depression of 1873, however, the house failed, helping bring on the panic of 1873.

CHARLES BARNEY Co-founder of today’s well known Smith Barney borkerage firm. Charles Barney, founded his firm in 1873 and a young investment banker, Edward B. Smith, started his in 1892. These pioneers of the American securities industry helped make Wall Street the world’s financial capital.

Document Signed. Williamsport, Pennsylvania. February 18, 1885. 6 pages. 8” x 12 ½”. Manuscript Charter of Incoporation of The Ogontz Fishing Club. The charter outlines the details of the club’s formation stating “The purpose of the said Corporation shall be the preservation and propogation of fish in the Waters of the West or First Fork of Larrys Creek and its bributaries in the County of Lycoming and State of Pennsylvania” The document is signed as the conclusion by all who are listed as directors; JAY COOKE, JAY COOKE, JR., CHAS. D. BARNEY, JOHN M. BUTLER, CLINTON LLOYD, THOMAS W. LLOYD AND LIZZIE H. LLOYD.

A fine document displaying Cooke’s avid interest in sportsmanship and a great association with one of America’s most well known brokerage names. Some light dampstaining

Catalog: # AM-1120
Topic: Business
Price: $1500.00

Andrew Jackson Buys Shoes and Caps for His Negro Slaves

Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845). 7th President of the United States. ALS. 1 page. 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. June 1, 1839. To Messrs. Nichols, Merchants, Nashville. “Will please send to me by the bearer, George, one pair of shoes, for Negro Man, one cap, for Negro man & one for negro boy of the qualety heretofore sent me. George will select, having the measure for the pair of shoes & for the caps. Also, a tooth brush, and charge the same to the account of your humble servant, Andrew Jackson. June 1, 1839” Jackson’s wealth was primarily derived from slave labor at his Hermitage plantation near Nashville, Tennessee. It is estimated he may have owned as many as 300 slaves in his lifetime. An incredible reference of an Ex-President of the United States owning slaves. A couple of early glassine repairs at folds on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3422
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $3500.00

Anne Grant ALS

Anne Grant (1755 – 1838). Scottish poet. ALS. 1 ½ pages with integral address leaf. To a friend, Grant writes a lengthy letter;

21st January 1832

My Dear Sir Why should I not say my dear friend when I feel myself have an interior claim upon you to that effect before I proceed further I must in justice say that I have no where met with warmer gratitude and attachment than from the few Americans to who I show civilities Services were quite out of my power But whatever I did came from the Heart & was so understood this serves to cover an answer to a letter full of affection and gratitude from Mr. Andrew Bigelowe who it appears had written twice some time ago no doubt in the same stile without receiving any answer, I think I could scarce be such a Savage as to neglect so much kindness. One of his or mine must have been lost This letter was brought by a very pleasing relation of his Stevens by name Who is now in Manchester & wishd my answer to be sent to him to forwarded, but I think it more direct to be sent thro your good offices by the packet for I am impatient to let the good Soul know that age has not with me extinguished all human feeling Bye the bye, I received with this letter a tour to Sicily & Malta of his writing of respectable size & equally respectable contents, indicating much f his natural gentleness and good feeling. Excepting indeed on one subject which carries him uprite of his native element, & it make him appear like a Pigeon in a passion to poor John Bull he is on all occasions unmerciful Now I really think Jonathan Calf ought to respect himself in his progenitor from whom he derives such a rich inheritance of good blood, good language good laws & above all to use his own phrase good Nations. It is ungracious to trumple on the poor old Gentlemen in the day of his on the poor old Gentleman in the day of his adversity, but one shall not begin a subject which has no end but rather speak of Dear Mrs. Booth & her pretty Chickens, As Macduff says. I have a kind of partial interest about the youngest which I should not indulge knowing how little these Blossoms are to be with & in such a case I should be sorrier than I ought to be. We are all quiet & grave here few parties none gay no wonder. Standing as we do on an Isthmus between Revolution & cholera, & without very kindly feelings to each other where Politics differ while matters are come to a crisis which makes a Neutrality impossible. The inclosed will be sent of course to the Packets. I shall be inconsolable if it does not arrive. I love all your children the “Like Jacob lendest of the youngest born”. Mrs. Booth knows that I love her & suspects me of loving you.

A denial would be unworthy of Anne Grant

Catalog: # AM-0090
Price: $275.00

Application submitted to the Examining Board of Naval Surgeons as Assistant Surgeon. William Lillie

Application submitted to the Examining Board of Naval Surgeons as Assistant Surgeon. 3 pages. No date.Although questions are missing, Lillie provides 8 answers on topics including carbonic acid, types of burns and types of tests for Arsenious acid.
Catalog: # AM-1080
Topic: Civil War
Price: $200.00

Armand Hammer

ARMAND HAMMER (1898 – 1990). Industrialist, philanthropist. TLS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 11”. January 29, 1987. On imprinted letterhead of The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West to Dale Wonder; “I am glad to hear that you have established contact with Sir Ian Gourlay and wish you the best of luck in your search for an international position.” “As for your interest in a book relating the personal experiences of the astronauts, I am sure that NASA and their Soviet counterparts will be helpful.” Boldly signed by Hammer at the conclusion. Excellent for display.
Catalog: # DN-34
State: California
Topic: Business
Price: $150.00

Armand Hammer Inscripbed And Signed Book Presented To An Old Fraternity Brother

ARMAND HAMMER (1898 – 1990). Industrialist, art collector, philanthropist. Signed Book. “The Quest of the Romanoff Treasure” by Armand Hammer. Hardcover. 241 pages. New York, 1932. Presented to one of his fellow fraternity brothers, “To Dr. John J. Jaffin in memory of the good old days of Mu Sigma with best wishes. Armand Hammer, November 22, 1932” Some separation of the binding. Fine.
Catalog: # AB-0008
Topic: Business
Price: $300.00

Augustus H. Garland

AUGUSTUS H. GARLAND (1832- 1899). Youngest member of the Confederate Congress. Front panel of an envelope addressed to Secretary of War James Seddon. Small loss of paper in upper right corner above signature. Some light glassine remaining at two corners from an old mounting. Otherwise, Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0881
Price: $125.00

Augustus Schulze Applies To Be A Naval Surgeon For The Union During The Civil War

Application submitted to the Examining Board of Naval Surgeons as Assistant Surgeon. 8 pages. Brooklyn December 28, 1861. Schulze gives answers to 8 questions including “What are the means for suppressing hemorrhages?” and “What are the tests for arsenious acid?” Lengthy responses to all questions
Catalog: # AM-1091
Topic: Civil War
Price: $275.00

Autograph Album Page Signed by Three Congressman, Two Who Were Also Union Generals During the Civil War

Autograph album page. 4 ½” x 7 ½”. Signed by three Congressman while serving in office; Jacob Miller Campbell (1821 – 1888). U.S. Congressman From Pennsylvania. Brevet Brigadier General during the Civil War. “J.M. Campbell, Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa.” Solomon Bundy (1823 – 1889). U.S. Congressman From New York. “Solomon Bundy, Oxford, Chenango Co., New York” Harry White (1834 – 1920). U.S. Congressman From Indiana. Brevet Brigadier General during the Civil War, was captured and held at Libby Prison in 1863. “Harry White, Indiana, Pa.” A fine association. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-1615
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $65.00

Autograph Of New York City Mayor Abram Hewitt

 HEWITT, ABRAM
Abram Hewitt. S. 6 1/2" x 1 3/4". New York. n.d. A signature of New York City Mayor Abram S. Hewitt on a small slip of paper. It is in very fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0348
Topic: Business
Price: $50.00

Automotive Pioneer John Willys Writes on Willys Overland Company Letterhead

John N. Willys (1873 - 1935). American automotive pioneer. He got his start selling cars at his dealership in Indiana. The company sold the Overland brand, and when the Overland Company ran into production problems Willys acquired the company. Despite being rather new to the business, Willys proved to be an excellent operator. He changed the name of the company to the Willys-Overland Motor Company in 1912 and later acquired Edwards Motor Co of New York. When Willys acquired the Edwards Motors Co, it came with a license to manufacture the patented Knight “sleeve valve” engine. This engine design helped the company become the United States’ second leading car manufacturer. Willys is well known for his move to hire General Motors vice-president Walter Chrysler for, at the time, an astonishing salary of $1 million per year. Chrysler attempted to place a bid to takeover the company, but the move was rejected by stockholders. Due to this, Chrysler was forced to enter business by himself in 1921, and this gave birth to the Chrysler Corporation that still produces cars today. TLS. 1 Ppge. 7 1/4" x 10 1/2". January 27, 1926. A congratulatory letter sent to an employee for winning a sales derby. Willys talks of the employees leadership and discusses his intention to send him a “21-jewel” gold watch in addition to the prizes he won for the derby. Accompanied by another corporate letter notifying the recepient of his being awarded the prize. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-3012
Topic: Business
Price: $575.00

Bank Promissory Note Signed By Legendary Actor James Stewart

 STEWART, JIMMY
JAMES STEWART (1908 - 1997). Actor. DS. 1 page. July 10, 1968. Partly-printed promissory note drawn on the First Security Bank of Utah in which Stewart promises to pay $14,000 six months from date..." Boldly signed in blue ink. Bank stamp cancellation. Two file holes at top. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1363
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Between His Two Terms as President, Grover Cleveland Writes To Harvard President Charles Eliot on Behalf of a Student

Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908). 22nd and 24th President of the United States. ALS. 2 pages. 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. Both sides of a single sheet. Cleveland writes to longtime Harvard president Charles W. Eliot concerning a student who had been disciplined at the University. “I am a warm friend of Mr. (name removed from letter) and have been so touched by his statements of his ( ) trouble at Harvard that I hope I may gratify my attachment for him by expressing … that the facts in the young man’s case may be such as to justify clemency – entirely consistent with the maintenance of necessary discipline.” Cleveland signed at the conclusion. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3413
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1250.00

Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy, Jr. Writes Of An Upcoming Visit By President Polk

Josiah Quincy, Jr. (1802 – 1882). Mayor of Boston, He was the author of Figures in the Past (1882). As a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1837, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Massachusetts Board of Education. He built the Josiah Quincy Mansion in 1848. ALS. 1 page. 8” x 10”.City of Boston, Mayor’s Office. June 21, 1847. Quincy writes to the mayor of Providence Thos. M. Burgess; “I have nof official intelligence of the intentions of the President from statements in the papers I presume if he comes at all he will reach here on Tuesday the 29th by the way of the Western Rail Road. I shall have the honor of communicating to you any information I may receive, that may be important to you in deciding on your arrangements, being very respectfully…” Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-1766
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $145.00

Boston Overseer Of The Poor, Benjamin Dolbeare Orders The Admittance Of A Desitute Woman And Her Child To The Almshouse

BENJAMIN DOLBEARE (1711 – 1787). Pewterer and ironmonger; operated a Dock Square shop and served as the overseer of the poor for 20 years in Boston. DS. 1 page. 3 5/8” x 6 ¼”. To a Mr. Paul Farmer; “Receive inot the almshouse on the Province Acct. Sarah Hartshorn & her Child, disordered in her mind & in destitute circumstances and not an Inhabitant of any town in this Province”. Signed by Selectmen John Scollay and Timothy Newall. Dolbear signs as “Overseer of the poor”. A scarce early document related to this important early social safety net in Boston. Mounted to another sheet. Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1731
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $450.00

Boxer Jake La Motta Signed Check

 LAMOTTA, JAKE
JAKE LAMOTTA. DS. 1pp. 8" x 3". Miami Beach. June 19, 1956. A check signed by boxer Jake LaMotta drawn on the Jake LaMotta Skybrite account. The boxer paid "Dade Liquors Co., $145.62". The check is punch cancelled, though not affecting LaMotta's signature in any way. It is in fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0049
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $75.00

Brigadier General Charles B. Wheeler

Charles B. Wheeler (1865 - ) Brigadier General, Chief of Ordnance during World War I. TLS. 1 page. February 9, 1917. On imprinted Watertown Arsenal letterhead. To Colonel Alston Hamilton, “I was very much surprised to see orders in the Boston papers detaching you from duty with the Ordnance Board, and I am just sending you a line to tell you how much I regret that the Department is to be deprived of your services, which have been at all times so valuable and so freely given. I also regret very much that your detachment from the Proving Ground will probably prevent your coming here to Watertown and observing what we are doing in the way of gun carriages and armor piercing projectiles. I shall trust, however, that the “fortunes of war” will at some future time bring you up in this direction, and that then I shall have the pleasure of showing off this little plant. Very sincerely, C. B. Wheeler”. Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0085
Topic: World War I
Price: $125.00

Brigadier General George Hobbs

GEORGE HOBBS (1806-186?) Massachusetts businessman, soldier and a prominent citizen of Worcester. Hobbs became a commander of Worcester’s city guards in 1840 and rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the state militia. In addition, Hobbs served as a chief of Worcester’s fire department and as a city alderman. Document Signed, “Geo. Hobbs,” as brigadier general. One page, 8” x 10”. Headquarters, 5th Brig. 3rd M.V.M.” 1845. The document reads, in part: “ … The Acting Qrt. Master General will furnish a drum & fife, or bugle, to the order of the commander of the Gardner Greys [?] … ” Some light toning at edges. Slight paper loss at edges of fold. Overall Fine
Catalog: # AM-1446
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $125.00

Brigadier General John T. Knight

TLS. 1 page. January 12, 1927. On imprinted personal letterhead. To Colonel Alston Hamilton; “I have just read in the register of your approaching promotion, and I hasten to extend my hearty congratulations. Hurrah: for the old Fourth District. I sincerely hope this will eventually bring you back here some day, either as Corps Area, or District Commander. We golf nuts always like to see golf enthusiasts in command. Much to my delight, General J. L. Hines has taken up golf….John T. Knight” Folds.
Catalog: # AM-0087
Topic: Military History
Price: $95.00

British Indian Agent In Colonial America

Sir William Samuel Johnson (ca. 1715 – 1774). British Indian Agent in Colonial America. Cut signature. 3” x 1 3/8” mounted to a larger engraved portrait measuring 5 ” x 8” overall. “W. Johnson”. Nice Bold example. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-165
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $575.00

British Theatre Critic James Agate ALS

James Agate (1877 – 1947). British diarist and critic. ALS. 1 page. 5 ¾” x 7 ¼”. On imprinted letterhead. Holborn, March 19, 1935. To “Dear Willie; I bow to your ruling about the play and as a matter of fact, I agree entirely with everything you say about it. But what a charming letter! ….May I print it in my next book, where the whole tail & …adventure is being given more less in extreme to show what a … success in the theatre is. I am saying that this is how a play of quality should be turned down. Am very grateful to you…James Agate” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1527
Country: England
Topic: Entertainment
Price: $125.00

British Writer Frances Trollope

FRANCES TROLLOPE (1780 – 1863). English writer, championed the anti-slavery and child employment causes. ANS. 1 page. 4” x 5”. No date. To “The Lady Davy”; “Most joyfully dear Madam will I profit by your obliging permission and wait upon you on Monday evening at a more profitable tim to myself…”
Catalog: # AM-1648
Topic: Literary
Price: $95.00

Brother Against Brother: World War II Prisoner Of War Correspondence

[WWII] Unusual War correspondence lot of 19 pieces between an Italian Prisoner of War, Cesario Espisito, who is being held at Camp Wheeler in Georgia, and his brother, Lorenzo Espisito, who is trying to contact him. The group consists of eight “PRISONER OF WAR” marked correspondence, with the U.S. Censored stamp. Written in Italian and untranscribed, Cesario relates his sad story to his sibling, who is an American citizen. Lorenzo’s attempts to visit him consist of Western Union telegrams from the Red Cross as well as “Headquarters Army Service Forces” letterhead signed by Colonel Breese from the POW Division and Captain Boudreaux, the Intelligence Officer at the Headquarters of the Camp. Among the details noted in this correspondence are that “a number of our prisoners were transferred temporarily to Fort Benning” and that in the near future Cesario may be transferred from Camp Wheeler to an “unknown destination.” Fascinating lot that highlights the poignant struggle of two brothers who find themselves on opposite sides of World War II.
Catalog: # AM-1117
Topic: World War II
Price: $750.00

C.E. Severace Applies To Be A Naval Surgeon For The Union During The Civil War

Application submitted to the Examining Board of Naval Surgeons as Assistant Surgeon. Seven pages. New York. June 25, 1861. Severance responds to eight questions providing detailed answers on subjects such as the ""pathological condition of the lungs in the three different stages of inflammation"" and ""the protein compounds and their respective peculiarities."" Fine, detailed medical content.
Catalog: # AM-1068
Topic: Civil War
Price: $275.00

Cadwallader Colden Author Of “The History Of The Five Indian Nations” And Lieutenant Governor Of The Province Of New York

CADWALLADER COLDEN (1668-1776) Physician, farmer, surveyor, botanist, and a lieutenant governor for the Province of New York. Cadwallader also served as the first colonial representative to the Iroquois Confederacy, an experience that resulted in his writing The History of the Five Indian Nations, the first book on the subject. Autograph Document Signed, “Cadwr Colden.” One page/ 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. No place. No date. Colden writes to “Mr. Bobine”: “I have reciv’d a survey for Henry Hooff but they have neglected to return the Warrant so that I cannot tell whether the Survey be pursuant to the Warrant. Please to send me a copy of the directing part of the Warrant of the Date. Your humble sert. Cadwr Colden” Extremely light edge wear. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-190
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $375.00

Cartoonist Al Smith Signed Photo

Al Smith (1902 – 1986). American cartoonist creator of Mutt and Jeff. Signed photo. 5” x 7 ¼”. Inscribed and Signed, “With Best Wishes to Bernard Baker, Al Smith”. Excellent.
Catalog: # WT-13
State: New York
Topic: Cartoonist
Price: $90.00

Charles Cornwallis Denies Recruitment Deficiencies In His District To Home Secretary Charles Philip York

CHARLES CORNWALLIS 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805) British Army officer and colonial administrator. Cornwallis’ surrender at the Siege of Yorktown brought about the end of significant hostilities in North America during the American Revolution. Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 12 ¼”. “Cornwallis.” Two pages, Culford. February 10th 1804. To Charles Philip Yorke (1764-1834) British politician who served as Home Secretary from 1803-1804. Cornwallis writes: “Sir I have received the honor of your letter (circular) dated the 1st instant; In answer to which I have in the first place to observe that Mr. Wright, as Clerk of the Lieutenancy of the Tower Hamlets has received no money on account of Bounties for Substitutes in the Army of Reserve. The Money retained by him from the Bounties of men enrolled for the Militia, has been invariably transmitted to the Paymasters of the Regiments, conformably to the directions of the Act of Parliament. By the Return which I have received of the deficiency of the Tower Hamlets for the Army of the Reserve, dated in the beginning of the present month, it amounted to fifty five men only, out of eight hundred men, the quota allotted by the Act of the 43rd … Cap. 82 Sec 2 for the Tower Hamlets and Liberty of the Tower, and not as your letter states, ‘included in the County of Middlesex and London. The Parishes of St George Bethnal Green and Christ Church have engaged to enroll twenty men on this day, so that the Deficiency at the present moment amounts to thirty nine men, which I trust, you will consider as proof that the district under my charge has not been wasting in point of execution in the present most important … conjuncture of Public Affairs, I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient and most humble servant, Cornwallis” A few slight tears. Mounting tape present at left edge of first page. One slight mounting strip on second page. Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-184
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $950.00

Chauncey M. Depew ALS

Chauncey M. Depew. (1834-1928). United States Senator from New York. Autograph Letter Signed, “Chauncey M. Depew,” on New-York and Harlem Railroad Co. Attorney’s Office, Grand Central Depot, East 42nd Street letterhead. One page, 5 ½” x 8 ½”. New York. January 9, 1873. Depew writes to request a copy of a two volume work be sent to him via express. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1139
Topic: Business
Price: $75.00

Check Signed by Actor Vincent Price

Vincent Leonard Price II (1911 – 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career. Partly printed bank check drawn on Bank of American payable to Sonoma County, Tax Collector in the amount of $178.07. Dated Dec. 31, 1973. Signed as maker by the actor most often identified with horror movies. Extremely Fine
Catalog: # AM-1634
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $65.00

Check Signed By Benjamin Silliman And Joaquim Bishop The Man Who Made One Of The First Daguerreotype Cameras In America

BENJAMIN SILLIMAN (1816-1885). Famous American scientist who worked at Yale, Silliman taught geology, chemistry and mineralogy. His work included improving mines and chemical manufacturing, editing the American Journal of Science and establishing the National Academy of Sciences. JOAQUIM BISHOP (1806-1886) Early American Camera Maker, chemist, instrument maker and machinist. It is known that Bishop made daguerreian cameras for Dr. P.B. Goddard and Robert Cornelius. He crafted the earliest cameras in Philadelphia, and constructed the camera for Goddard between October and November, 1839, following the drawings of Daguerre’s apparatus. The specific camera, which traveled through the family of J. Sartain, is in the Franklin Institute. He later founded J. Bishop & Co. Platinum Works. Signed Check issued to “Benj. Silliman Esq.” July 13, 1840 for $100.00 drawn on the New Haven Bank, endorsed on verso. Vignette of beehive. Toning to left edge and with cancellation punches. He has made the amount payable to a Joaquim Bishop, who also signed this rare check, “J. Bishop.” Some journals suggest Joaquim Bishop helped to make the first daguerreotype camera manufactured in the United States, but the actual day the very first camera is noted as being the first seems to be in dispute during those precious few months after Daguerre made his announcement to the world. An incredible association between the renowned scientist and one of America’s earliest camera makers.
Catalog: # AM-1251
Topic: Science
Price: $1500.00

Check Signed By Jeremiah Wadsworth

 WADSWORTH, JEREMIAH
JERIMIAH WADSWORTH. Army officer; Member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Business executive. A successful merchant, Wadsworth was appointed to a number of commissary-general posts beginning in 1775. He served as the commissary-general of the Continental Army, 1778-79. Document signed. 1 page. New York, August 23, 1793. 6 ½ " x 3". Partly-printed bank check, payable to A. B. in the amount of $56.50. Accomplished in his hand and signed by Wadsworth as maker. Usual bank cut cancellation slightly affecting Wadsworth's signature. A nice example of this underrated revolutionary war figure. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0974
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $450.00

Check Signed by John Steele, Early North Carolina Congressman and Comptroller Of The Treasury Under Washington, Adams And Jefferson

John Steele (1764 – 1815). Congressman from North Carolina between 1790 and 1793) and Comptroller of the Treasury under the first three American Presidents. DS. 1 page. 6” x 2”. Partly-printed check drawn on the Bank of the United States payable to “Mrs. Langdon or bearer forty dollars.” Accomplished entirely in his hand and signed as maker by Steel. Typical bank cut cancellations. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # CK-0132
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Check Signed By Julia Ward Howe

 HOWE, JULIA WARD
JULIA WARD HOWE (1819-1910). An American reformer and author, Howe is best remembered for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. She helped her husband edit an abolitionist newspaper and after the Civil War, she focused her energies on the suffragette movement and other women’s issues. DS. 1 page. 3" x 8.5". Massachusetts. 1893. A bank check issued to and signed on the verso by Julia Ward Howe. Left border vignette of the company logo. Punch cancellation does not affect signature. Signature is in dark ink and bold. Extremely fine.
Catalog: # AM-0782
Cancellation: Punch cancelled
Condition: Extremely Fine
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $450.00

Check Signed By Organized Crime Figure Charles Solomon

CHARLES SOLOMON Solomon was a Prohibition-era bootlegger and head of an organized crime syndicate. He weas present at the first major gangster conference in Atlantic City in 1929 and was assassinated in 1933. DS. 1 page. 8 1/4" x 3". Haverhill, Mass. Oct. 13, 1931. Partly-printed bank check drawn on The First National Bank of Haverhill, Mass. payable to John Cashman Corp in the amount of $46.00. Accomplished in a secretarial hand and signed by Solomon. Usual bank punch cancellations not affecting signature. Archival tape repair on verso minor paper loss at lower right corner.
Catalog: # AM-0418
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $295.00

Check Signed By Ross Winans

 WINANS, ROSS
DS. 7 5/8" x 3 1/4". Baltimore, April 20, 1872. Partly-printed check drawn on Winans' personal account against Alexander Brown & Sons, payable to A.S. Abell & Co. in the amount of $96.02. Accomplished in a secretarial hand and signed by Winans as maker. Attached adhesive revenue stamp. Very light bleed-through from writing on verso. Minor paper loss at left bottom affects nothing. Bank cut cancellation, minor paper loss, not affecting Winans' signature which he boldly signs in blue.
Catalog: # AM-0694
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $175.00

Check Signed By William Astor And His Sister-in-law Helen Schermerhorn

 ASTOR, WILLIAM B.
WILLIAM B. ASTOR JR. (1830-1892) Joint heir to the Astor real estate empire. ADS. 1pp.7 3/ 8" x 2 3/4". New York. March 14 1871. A check A "Chemical National Bank of N.Y." check paid to "Mr. Wm. Astor five hundred Dollars ". It is endorsed on the verso "Wm Astor". Signed on recto by HELEN SCHERMERHORN sister of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor, wife of William Astor. There are punch, stamp and pencil cancellations that do not affect Astor’s signature Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1453
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Chill Wills Signs A Check

 WILLS, CHILL
CHILL WILLS. DS. 1pp. 6" x 2 3/4". n.p. January 27, 1976. A check signed by Chill Wills in black. It is in very fine condition and light cancellation holes do not touch the signature.
Catalog: # AM-0240
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $95.00

Civil War General Eugene Carr Handwrites And Signs A Check

 CARR, EUGENE A.
EUGENE A. CARR. ADS. 1pp. 7 1/2" x 2 3/4". Washington, D.C. Sept 5th 1910. A "Riggs National Bank" check signed by "E. A. Carr". The check, completely engrossed in Carr's hand, "Pay to the order of W. Rothwell & Sons Plumbers sixty and 25/100". The check has a fine decorative border and an engraving of a bank in the left margin and the punch holes affect the engrossment but not the dark signature.
Catalog: # AM-0134
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $200.00

Civil War General John Dix ALS

JOHN ADAMS DIX (1798-1879) American politician from New York. Dix served as Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Senator, Governor of New York, and a major general in the Union Army. Autograph Letter Signed, “John A Dix.” One page, 7 7/8” x 9 7/8”. Washington. March 6, 1847. Dix writes to “Wm. Hogan, Esq”: “Dear Sir, I have been wholly unable to write to you in consequence of the pressure of my engagements. The committee on the Judiciary were prepared to make an adverse report on your memorial; but I proceeded in obtaining from the Chairman an assurance that they would only ask to be discharged from further consideration of it. So, no prejudice against the application will be felt, when it is renewed, in consequence of the action of the Committee. In haste, Respectfully yours, John A. Dix”. Accompanied by a steel engraved portrait of Dix. Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1702
Price: $175.00

Col. Frank A. Barton Signs Rifle Range ROTC Cards

COLONEL FRANK A. BARTON was one of the first Cornell students to receive an army commission in Cornell’s Military Science Program and was the first ROTC commandant at Cornell (1904 to 1908). Cornell’s Barton Hall is named in his honor. Two partially printed ROTC Cornell University Cards Signed “Frank A. Barton.” Each 5” x3”. These cards were issued for use of the rifle range. Both Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1652
Topic: Military History
Price: $75.00

Colonial Governor Gurdon Saltonstall Appoints A Lieutenant In The Second Company Of Stratford in 1714

Gurdon Saltonstall (1666 – 1724) Colonial Governor of Connecticut, serving in that position from 1708 until his death in 1724. DS. 1 page. 12 ½” x 8”.New Haven, Oct. 14, 1714. An early American military appointment in which Saltonstall appoints “James Lewis…being by the Generall Assembly of this Colony accepted to be Lieutenant of the Second Company or Train band in the town of Stratford, reposing Special Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct, I do by virtue of the Letters Pattents from the Crown of England me thereunto enabling appoint and Impower you to take the said Trainband into your care and charge as their Lieutenant…” Overall toning due to a previous framing, some archival tape repairs on verso along a few fold splits and light dampstaining at right margin The text remains bold. Countersigned by Colonial Secretary Hezekiah Wyllys. A decent and fairly early American military appointment signed by this scarce Colonial governor.
Catalog: # AM-1814
State: Connecticut
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $1250.00

Colonial Governor James Delancey

 DAIMLER, GOTTLIEB

JAMES DELANCEY (1703-1760) Acting colonial governor of the Province of New York and a leading figure in the area's development. Autograph Document Signed, "James Delancey." One page, 4" x 6 1/4" No place. No date [1736]. The documents reads: "Mr. A Horney The Tract of Glen & William Bowen as tenants in common. The Tract of four thousand acres to James DeLancey, John Lyndesay, Paschal Nelson & Jacob Glen to be held in like manner Yours James Delancey." Historical records indicate a 1736 transfer of ten thousand acres to James Delancey and the above listed common tenants, most likely the same acreage transferred in this document. A fine colonial land document that highlights the common practice of deeding large tracts of former Native American lands to oneself, one's friends and business associates. Very Fine.

Catalog: # AM-3290
Price: $575.00

Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher

Jonathan Belcher (1682 – 1757). Colonial governor of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Cut signature. 4” x 1 ½”. “J. Belcher”. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-308
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $225.00

Colonial Governor Of New Hampshire John Wentworth

John Wentworth (1737 – 1820). Colonial Governor Of New Hampshire. Cut signature. 3” x 1 ¼”. Boldly penned, “Consented, J. Wentworth”. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-204
State: New Hampshire
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $175.00

Colorado Senator Henry M. Teller Cut Signature

Henry M. Teller (1830-1914).U.S. Senator From Colorado, Secretary of the Interior under Chester A. Arthur. Signature cut from a larger sheet. 7” x 2 ¾”. “H. M. Teller, Colorado”. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1614
State: Colorado
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $35.00

Commander In Chief Of The Pacific Fleet

HUGH RODMAN (1859-1940) Rear Admiral in the US Navy. Served during the Spanish-American War and World War I. In 1917 Admiral Rodman served as Commander, Battleship Division 9, Atlantic Fleet, in his flagship, New York. Ordered to European waters late in the year, his division joined the British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow and became the 6th Battle Squadron, British Grand Fleet, under Admiral Sir David Beatty. In 1919 he became Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. In 1923, he accompanied President Warren G. Harding on his ill-fated inspection of Alaska. In 1937, he represented the U.S. Navy at King George VI’s coronation ceremonies in London. The destroyer Rodman (DD-456) and the transport Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126) were named for him. Autograph Letter Signed. 1 p. 4¼” x 7”. On “The Autograph Collection of Howes Norris, Jr.” Letterhead, he replies to the collector’s request: “Autograph of Hugh Rodman, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy / Late Commanding the U.S. Battleship Squadron operating with the British Grand Fleet against the German High Seas Fleet. The latter surrendered Nov. 21, 1919.” Atop is the date February 20, 1919, probably the date the collector sent it to him. Mounting traces on back. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1659
Topic: World War I
Price: $125.00

Commentary On Recent Publications Concerning The Quakers During The Early 19th Century

Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Sherman, Jr." Three pages, 7 7/8" x 9 3/4". New Bedford. January 8, 1826. Addressed on integral leaf. With circular, black "New Bedford," and straight, black "Paid" postal cancellations. Sharman writes, in part: " ... I have lately been reading a volume of Sermons, delivered by Stephen Crisp, republished in England, by Wm. Alexander in 1823, as a second volume of "Scripture Truths Demonstrated," in the advertisement to which, it is observed, "The Editor had contemplated an addition to this volume, of a Biographical Memoir, but in the progress of that work, by a friend, who, from the estimation in which he held the character of Stephen Crisp, had volunteered his services in preparing it, this Memoir is found too considerable for an appendage to the present volume, and is likely to form a third volume of the 'Biographical Notices of Members of the Society of Friends' of which two volumes prepared by Henry Tuke, have been already published" ... When convenient to thee to write, I should glad to hear particularly from our friend David Bufferon [?] I have often thought of him, since the serious accident that befell [sic] him ... I have no doubt that he bears his confinement with patient resignation and have as little doubt that his friends manifest their sympathy by frequent calls to see him .... I have recently read, with much satisfaction, the Life of Mary Dudley, an edition of which had been printed at Philada - She was indeed a worthy Friend, on the good old foundation - one who stood valiantly in her day for the cause of Truth, and travelled and labored much in the promotion of it ... Mary Newhall is now here (unless she has returned within a day or two past) on a visit- She has not been at our meetings; but was last first day afternoon, at the Unitarian ... " Great Quaker content . Paper loss from wax seal. Some minor toning at edges. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1228
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $450.00

Commonwealth Of Massachusets Treasury Office Tax Note Receipt

Treasury Office. June 21, 1786. “Received of Samuel Flower of West Springfield, thirty pounds eighteen shillings & eight pence on state notes tax No. 4 …committed to him to collect for the Year 1784”. Signed as Treasurer by Thomas Ivers.
Catalog: # AM-1394
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $125.00

Confederate General James L. Kemper Signature

JAMES L. KEMPER (1823-1895) Lawyer,Confederate general in the Civil War and governor of Virginia. During the Civil War,Kemper saw action at, among other battles, First Bull Run, Seven Pines, Second BullRun and Antietam. Signature cut from a letter. “J. L. Kemper”. 4” x 2”. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-0061
State: Virginia
Topic: Civil War
Price: $225.00

Confederate Journalist J.R. Thompson

JOHN R. THOMPSON (1823-1873). Staunch secessionist, Confederate journalist and poet. His cut signature, “Jno. R. Thompson.” 2 7/8”x 1”. Some old glassine mounting traces in corners, not affecting signature. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0235
Topic: Confederate & Southern States
Price: $50.00

Connecticut Comptroller’s Office Interest Certificate For United States Stock

[Connecticut – Early Finance]. 6 ¾” x 4 ¾”. October 6, 1796. Partly-printed Comptroller’s Office note in which Andrew Kingsbury, Esqr. Treasurer, is ordered to "Pay Jabez Hough, Atty to Isaac Huntington Eight dollars & sixty three cents, It being the amount of interest which he is entitled to receive from this state, on stock in the United States' funds, transfered to him by said state, pursuant to a resolve of the general assembly in October, 1794.” Signed as Comptroller by John Porter. “As a Consequence of the federal settlement of state accounts, Connecticut received enough federal stock to pay its remaining debts, i.e. to redeem the “Imlay certificates.” The United States stock issued to the state was not initially transfereable on the books of the Treasury, and until this was changed, the state held stock in trust for its creditors and issued them state warrants transferring the interest that the stock received.” (Anderson, The Price of Liberty, p. 121). A scarce format. Uncancelled and excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1604
State: Connecticut
Topic: Early America
Price: $175.00

Copper Plate Engraving Proof Of John Henry Wigmore Signed By Wigmore And The Engraver Franklin Wood

17” x 22” Engraving proof of John Henry Wigmore by Franklin Wood. Proof signed at bottom edge by both FRANKLIN TYLER WOOD (1877-1945) Graphic Artist and JOHN HENRY WIGMORE (1863-1943) U.S. jurist and expert in the law of evidence. Some very light toning. Stamp at bottom border. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0187
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $195.00

Copper Plate Engraving Proof Of Roscoe Pound Signed By Pound And The Engraver Franklin Wood

17” x 22” Engraving proof of Roscoe Pound by Franklin Wood. Proof signed at bottom edge by both FRANKLIN TYLER WOOD (1877-1945) Graphic Artist and ROSCOE POUND (1870-1964) American legal scholar and educator. Light toning at edges. Bumping at corners. Stamp at upper left corner. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0185
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $195.00

Cornelia Otis Skinner

(1899–1979) was an American author and actress. Skinner was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending the all-girls' Baldwin School and Bryn Mawr College (1918-1919) and studying theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, she began her career on the stage in 1921. She appeared in several plays before embarking on a tour of the United States from 1926 to 1929 in a one-woman performance of short character sketches she herself wrote. She wrote numerous short humorous pieces for publications like The New Yorker. 4” x 6 ½” n..p. An autograph album page signed “To Mrs. Higler, with every good wish, Cornelia Otis Skinner, January 1933”. It is signed on the back by her father OTIS SKINNER (1858-1942) was an American actor. Fine
Catalog: # AM-1646
Topic: Literary
Price: $45.00

Count Von Bernstorff

COUNT JOHANN HEINRICH VON BERNSTORFF (1862-1939) German Ambassador to the United States and Mexico from 1908 to 1917. During World War One, Bernstorff was a central figure in wartime espionage. Typed Letter Signed “J. Bernstoff ,” on German Embassy letterhead. One page, 8” x 8”. Washington D.C. February 25, 1916. The Count sends happy forwards a photograph to an admirer. The “J” in his autograph is slightly smudged. Mostly fine
Catalog: # AM-1653
State: Washington
Topic: World War I
Price: $125.00

CT. Bill Of Exchange Signed By Enos Doolittle, Noted American Silversmith And Clockmaker

ENOS DOOLITTLE (1751-1806) American silversmith and clockmaker. Partially Printed Document Signed, “Enos Doolittle.” One page, 8” x 4 ¼”. Hartford. November 11, 1779. The document reads, in part: “RECEIVED of JOHN LAWRENCE, Commissioner of the Loan Office for the State of Connecticut, One Sett of Bills of Exchange for Seventy four dollars it being interest arisen on one continental certificate in favour of Mr. George Butler Dated June 12th 1777 from 12 June 1778 to the 12 of June 1779 … Enos Doolittle.” Enos Doolittle, a nephew of printer and clockmaker Isaac Doolittle, made and repaired clocks and compasses in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition, he produced bells in partnership with Jesse Goodyear.
Catalog: # AM-1718
State: Connecticut
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $450.00

Cyrus West Field Signed Check

CYRUS WEST FIELD (1819-1892) American businessman and financier. The National City Bank check #3376 Signed “Cyrus W. Field.” New York. February 14, 1878. Revenue stamp affixed. Punch cancellations do not affect Field’s signature. This item has been encapsulated by PASS-CO, LLC. and is accompanied by a Certified Silver Pass.
Catalog: # AM-1280
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $275.00

Days After The War In Europe Ends, The Vice President Of Reynolds Metals Writes To Submarine Inventor Simon Lake About "The Salvage Operation"

 REYNOLDS, J. LOUIS
TLS. 1pp. 8 1/2" x 11". Richmond, Virginia. May 15, 1945. A typed letter signed "J. Louis Reynolds" as Vice President of the "Reynolds Metals Company". He wrote to the noted submarine inventor SIMON LAKE: "Mr. Blackwelder had to make a trip to Mexico in connection with the establishment of a plant there. Now that he has returned and the war in Europe is over, I think we should soon be in a position to start something on the salvage operation. There should be no objection now from the Navy since there is no danger of attack on the Atlantic Coast. I expect to see some officials in Washington within the next week or two and I will let you hear from me as soon as plans are made." The letter has light browning to the edges and is in fine condition; the original envelope is included.
Catalog: # AM-0574
Topic: Business
Price: $750.00

Document Signed by Declaration of Independence Signer William Floyd and FDR's Great-Great Grandfather, Isaac Roosevelt

WILLIAM FLOYD (1734-1821) Signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. Representative from New York. Document Signed, “Wm. Floyd.” One page. Poughkeepsie, New York. October 25, 1781. Countersigned “Isaac Roosevelt” by ISAAC ROOSEVELT (1726-1794) American merchant and politician. Roosevelt was the great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The document reads: “We the Commissioners appointed by the virtue of an Act Entitled An Acct for Procuring moneys on Loan and Clothing for this State passed in March 1781 Do Hereby Certify that the State of New York is Indebted unto Elnathan Parsons of Long Island for Sundry Goods Purchased of him by Messrs John Grenell and John Davis for the use of this State on the 10th day of April 1781 in the Sum of Fourteen pounds and Fourteen shilling in Current money of New York, payable in Specie on the 10th day of July the next Ensuring and in default there of Interest at 7 pct Annum to be allowed from the said 10th day of July until paid. In Witness whereof we have hereunto sett our hands at Poughkeepsie in the State of New York this 25th day of October 1781.” Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-48
State: New York
Topic: Signers - Declaration
Price: $2500.00

Dr. Charles H. Wade

Letter of Application as an Assistant Surgeon in the Union Army. Four pages. Naval Hospital. New York. September 14, 1861. Wade answers eight questions, including ""What are the nerves of the tongue & their function?"" and ""Describe the anatomy of the ankle joint"" Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1138
Topic: Civil War
Price: $225.00

Drexel. Morgan & Company Files Suit For Collection Of A Note In Default

 MORGAN, J. PIERPONT
Manuscript Document Signed, “J. Pierpont Morgan.” Three pages, 7 5/8” x 11 1/2”. “Superior Court City of New York.” August 20, 1873. This document reads, in part: “…The plaintiffs are copartners doing business in the City of New York under the firm name and style of Drexel, Morgan & Company and that the defendants were at the time herein after mentioned co-partners doing business in the City of New York under the form and name and style of Hass & Co. That on our about September 3 1872, the defendants by their form name of J. Hass & Co. made and delivered their certain promissory note in writing- having date of that day, wherein and whereby, on demand, they promised to pay to Jacob Keller on order, Seventy two dollars U.S. Gold Coin, for value received. That thereafter and before the maturity of said note, the said- Jacob Keller endorsed and delivered the same, and the plaintiffs became and were and now are the owners and holder thereof. That on or about August 19, 1873, the said note was duly presented for payment and payment thereof demanded, and the same was not paid, and the said note was thereupon duly protected for such nonpayment. That the costs of such protests was one dollar and nineteen cents. That no part of the said note and the said cost of protest has been paid and the whole amount thereof with interest thereon from August 19, 1873 is and remains due and owing to the plaintiffs thereupon the plaintiff demand judgment against the defendants for seventy two dollars in Gold Coin of the United States with interest thereon from August 19, 1873 and also for the said $119 and the costs of their action. Tracy, Olmstead & tract Ptff’s Attys 50 Wall St. New York. City of New York U.S. John Pierpont Morgan being sworn says that he is one of the above plaintiffs and that the foregoing complaint is true to deponents knowledge, except as to those matter stated on information and belief and as to those matters he believe it to be true. Sworn before me this 20 day of August 1873 Alfred Taylor Notary Public N.Y. County. J. Pierpont Morgan.” It is interesting that all plaintiffs are named individually as follows; Joseph W. Drexel, John Pierpont Morgan, Francis A. Drexel, Anthony J. Drexel, John N. Robinson and James H. Wright. Collectively they are listed as Drexel, Morgan and Company in the filing. At the conclusion of page 3, the document is signed by J. Pierpont Morgan.
Catalog: # AM-1270
State: New York
Topic: Business
Price: $4900.00

During The Civil War, Bache Writes To Express His Support For A Benefit To Be Held For Wives And Children Of Volunteer Soldiers

Alexander D. Bache (1806 – 1867). Physicist, scientist, surveyor. As superintendent of the United States coast survey, he conducted detailed mappings of the United States coastline and constructed coastal fortifications. ALS. 1 page. 5” x 8”. To Mrs. B. B. French for committee; I shall be most happy to contribute in aid of the Fair which you propose to hold for aid to the wives & children of the District volunteers, & will use my influence with the officers of the Coast Survey for the same purpose. Yours respectfully, A. D. Bache” Mounted to a larger autograph album sheet. Some light mounting discoloration at left margin. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1505
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Naval History
Price: $225.00

E. H. Harriman’s Signed Calling Card

Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909). Railroad executive, Financier. One of the great railway builders of all time, Harriman was known for his genius in developing and reinvesting in railroads. His stock market battle for control of the Northern Pacific against the combination of J. Pierpont Morgan and James J. Hill (which ended in a standstill) remains as one of Wall Street's great wars. A true financial wizard, Harriman was known as the "Napoleon of Wall Street" and upon his death, "controlled more millions of capital than any financial giant of the country." Signed Business Card. 1 page. 2 ¾” x 1 1/2”. Calling Card imprinted “Mr. E. H. Harriman” on front. Boldly signed on verso “E. H. Harriman, 1908”. Large mounting traces on the imprinted side of the card. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1749
Topic: Business
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Early Pennsylvania Bank Check Signed By Nicholas Biddle

NICHOLAS BIDDLE. [(1786 - 1844). Banker; Financier.] Partially Printed Pennsylvania Bank Check Signed, “Nicholas Biddle.” 6 ½” x 2 ½”. Philadelphia. June 1, 1815.

Biddle completed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of thirteen, and graduated valedictorian from the College of New Jersey at Princeton when he was fifteen. His studies were concentrated on the classics, giving him expertise which he put to good use when he traveled extensively in Europe. He also studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1809. Biddle's scholarship and political connections were largely responsible for his being appointed president of the Second Bank of the United States, serving in that position from 1822-1836. During his tenure as President of the Bank, he managed it wisely and fostered a pattern of prudent growth. However, the 1832 Presidential election brought him into direct confrontation with President Andrew Jackson who, in his inaugural address brought into question the bank's ability to create and maintain a sound and uniform currency. Biddle's reaction was an unsuccessful attempt at rechartering the bank four years prior to the charter's expiration date. Upon expiration of the Bank's charter in 1836, Biddle rechartered it in Pennsylvania, serving the same function as the old bank. He served as its president from 1836-1839, at which time he entered retirement. Very Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1057
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $475.00

Ed Begley Als To A Magazine Editor

 BEGLEY, ED
Ed Begley. ALS. 1pp. 7 1/4" x 10 1/2". Merrick, L.I. April 11 1947. An autograph letter signed by Ed Begley on his personal letterhead. Begley wrote to PIC magazine editor Vic Wagner: "I am happily surprised and very proud that I have been placed on PIC's best performance honor roll. And I accept gladly your invitation to luncheon at Twenty-one. I have always wondered what the place looked like from the inside." The letter is in perfect condition.
Catalog: # AM-0370
Topic: Actors/Actresses
Price: $75.00

Eisenhower Writes To Commerce Secretary Lewis L. Strauss

 EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D.
TLS 1 page 6 ¾” x 9”. On imprinted White House Letterhead. To Secretary of Commerce Lewis L. Strauss. Dear Lewis: I am appalled by the contents of your letter of March thirteenth. Are our communications after all, as “free” as we like to think?” Initialed at he conclusion of the letter. “D.E.” An interesting letter raising question concerning privacy issued within the government during the 1950’s. One center fold. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1027
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $500.00

Elihu Burritt

Elihu Burritt (1810 - 1879). American philianthropist and social advocate for international peace. Abolitionist. Portland, March 9th. Autograph Sentiment in Latin signed. “Per aveua ad astra, Per augusta a augusta. Elihu Burritt. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0080
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $75.00

Eliphalet Dyer Receives Expenses For Attending Continental Congress

Eliphalet Dyer (1721 – 1807). Lawyer, jurist and statesman. Continental Congressman. DS. 1 page. 8” x 4 ¾”. Hartford, May 24, 1777. Dyer boldly signs at the conclusion of a document indicating he has “Recd. Of Comt. Of pay table office orders on Treasurer for one hundred pounds lawful money, towards defraying expences at Congress & to render account.” Mounted along edges to a larger sheet. Fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-3406
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $475.00

Eliphalet Remington Jr. Partly-printed Bank Check

ELIPHALET REMINGTON, JR. (1828-1924) Executive in Remington & Sons. Partially Printed Check Signed by Remington for the company, "E Remington & Sons" 7 ¾” x 3 ¾”. Ilion, New York Aug. 9th, 1854. Nice engraved check drawn on the Ilion Bank, Herkimer County payable to E. Remington. Numerous fine vignettes Bank cut cancellation. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1432
State: New York
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Eliphalet Remington Signed Check

ELIPHALET REMINGTON (1793-1861) Designer of the Remington rifle and founder of Remington & Sons. Partially Printed Cashier of Ilion Bank Check Signed "E. Remington," as president. 7" x 2 3/8". Ilion, New York. February 28, 1854. The check pays, "Self for Note due." Vignette of a blacksmith at his anvil at left. Cut cancelled. One pinhole. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1433
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $275.00

Ellis Henry Roberts

 ROBERTS, ELLIS HENRY
ALS, 2pp. Mar 11, 1874, to H.L. Lamb, Printed House of Representative, Washington, D. C. Letterhead ref to political election or appointments My Dear Lamb: A movement is on foot in the House to get the delegation to sustain R. Holland Drell for Hall’s place. How many are committed, I do not know. Several are not. If Troy should he …between Townsend and Forsyth, would not the depart of both be inevitable! H. Boardman Smith would not be a bad selection. I would not take the place. C M. D… of Utica would not refuse it. A host of names will be presented. May the best man win. Yours Very Truly, Elllis H. Roberts H.L Lamb, Esq. Do you go with the Watertown lines?
Catalog: # AM-0993
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

Erasmus D. Skinner Applies To Be A Naval Surgeon For The Union During The Civil War

Application submitted to the Examining Board of Naval Surgeons as Assistant Surgeon. 3 pages. Naval Hospital. New York. September 18, 1861. Weeks is asked to give answers to 8 questions including “Described the Anatomy of the elbow joint?” He is unable to answer the three of the questions: “What are the tests for arsenious acid?” “What are the constituents of the gastric juice?” and “State by symbols the compounds of Oxygen with Nitrogen?”
Catalog: # AM-1093
Topic: Civil War
Price: $225.00

Fine ALS By Colonial Printer Isaiah Thomas Discussing The Printing of Sermons With A Scarce Free Frank as Postmaster of Worcester, Massachusetts

Isaiah Thomas (1749 – 1831). Colonial printer, the foremost of his day, publisher, helped Paul Revere warn of the British approach to Boston and served as a minuteman, founder of the American Antiquarian Society. Autograph Letter Signed, 1 ½ pages 4to, Worcester, Aug. 30, 1794 to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lathrop concerning the publication of his sermons. “…I lament I had not time to call on you. I shall immediately issue proposals for printing the second volume of your sermons, and will forward a number of them to you.” Fine, with the integral address leaf Free Franked by Thomas as Worcester’s first Postmaster, with a very rare straight line “Worcester Sept. 1” postmark. Lathrop, one of the most prominent Congregational ministers of his day, published seven volumes of sermons from 1796 to 1821, probably all printed by Thomas. Letters of Thomas are quite scarce.
Catalog: # AM-1768
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Early America
Price: $2400.00

Florence Nightingale Signed Envelope Panel

Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910). English social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing. 8 ¾” x 3”. Signed partial address leaf signed “F. Nightingale 11/4/65. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3405
Topic: Women's History
Price: $475.00

Four Days After The Battle of Peekskill, Lansing Provides Details Of The Action

John Ten Eyck Lansing, Jr. (1754 – 1829). New York politician and lawyer, military secretary to General Philip Schuyler, New York representative at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. ALS. 2 1/2 pp. With integral address leaf to Colonel Richard Varick franked by Lansing. Kingston, March 27, 1777. “I arrived here last night and found your sisters & brother well. Nothing material here as yet occurred in our travels. The General got the start of us and arrived six hours before us at this place.” “The Detachment of the enemy’s forces which landed at peek’s Hill were drove back by Colonel Willet with only 84 men although theire number was 600. in less than three hours after Colo. Willett made his appearance the enemy had embarked & unfurled their sails. This was done with such evident precipation and confusion as plainly indicated in their terror. This account is confirmed by several persons from peek’s Hill. The British Forces lost three men who were killed and one taken prisoner.” “Your Friend Nic. Fish has by his merit acquired a majority in one of the Regiments of this State. General Scot is a peek’s Hill. I have sent you letter to him by Capt. Bleecker. Inclosed you have a letter from Mr. Livingston. I have by the General’s direction desired Colo. Lewis to pay you the money mentioned therein.” “Last night Mr. Carter arrived and delivered me your favor of the 26th day by which I had the pleasure to learn that every thing at Albany is in status quo. Whatever I can do to induce the General to solicit an Increase in your pay and that of your assistants shall not be neglected.” “I thank for the information that Miss -----is well, as your motives are evidently to give me pleasure by it. Mr. Carter I will pay. Our General is very well long, very long may he continue so.” “Preay present my best Respect to Mrs. Schuyler & the young ladies & believe me unfeignedly & respectfully, Your Friend and very hble. Servant, J. Lansing Junr.” Lansing has added a lengthy postscript; “...The story marker is not home but the storys shall be left at his house. Not a word of direction do I see among the memorendums relative thereto. I doubt much whether we will take the route of New Windsor, if we do, I shall not fail to procure the articles mentioned in the Mem. you enclosed if possible. The flower seed for the young ladies I inclose, Yours, J. L. Junr.” A fine battle content letter by this prominent New York figure. There is some paper loss at left and right, not affecting the text of the letter. Additionally, old scotch tape repair remains with its usual discoloration.
Catalog: # RN-216
State: New York
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2500.00

Framed Wartime Print of Winston Churchill Signed By The Artist, Arthur Pan

ARTHUR PAN (1920-1960) Hungarian artist and portrait painter. Vintage Black-and-white war-date reproduction of Pan’s famous portrait of Winston Churchill Inscribed and Signed, “With love to my dear friend Ella, A. Pan. 22.7.45” No place. July 22, 1945. Printed quotation from Churchill at lower right border: “We are all of us defending … a Cause … The Cause of Freedom and of Justice, of the weak against the strong; law against violence; mercy and tolerance against brutality and iron bound tyranny Winston Churchill December 5th 1942." Framed to 27 1/2" x 24 1/2" Some wrinkling.
Catalog: # DC-18
Topic: Artists
Price: $500.00

Frederick Billings Requests New Road Completion SharesOf The Northern Pacific Railroad

 BILLINGS, FREDERICK
Frederick Billings (1823 – 1890). Financier, lawyer. Reorganized the Northern Pacific Railroad. Partly-printed DS. 1 page. 5 ½” x 7 ¼”. New York City, January 1881. To the treasure of the Northern Pacific Railroad, “Please deliver to me so many shares common stock on account of my proprietary interest as I am entitled to by reason of the completion of new road since last issue on account of said interest….” Boldly signed by Billings.
Catalog: # AM-1679
State: New York
Topic: Railroad
Price: $145.00

Future General Robert C. Schenck Als With Reference To The Famous Gunmaker Samuel Remington

 SCHENCK, ROBERT CUMMING
ROBERT C. SCHENCK. (1809-1890). Union Major General and Congressman. Autograph Letter Signed as president of the Western Air Line R.R. Co. Two pages, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. Boston. January 2, 1857. Scheck writes to the cashier of the Ilion Bank, in part: “The note … with Johnson Clark … for 5,000, discounted at your bank matures…Mr. S. Remington gave me to expect that when due it might be renewed…It is important for me to know at once whether this renewal can be made …can you inform me when S. Remington is likely in the city of New York of whether he has yet returned from the West … Robt. C. Schenck.” A very interesting association. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1341
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $95.00

Future King Edward VIII Signs A Large Card On The Day He “Received The Service Men And Scouts”

Edward VIII (1894 – 1972). King of England, abdicated the throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. A large, boldly penned card. 11 ¼” x 7 ½”. Signed by Edward while he was the Prince of Wales. “H.R.H. The Prince of Wales visit to Marden Bradley, July 19, 1923. When he received the ( ) Sevice Men and Scouts.” An interesting item for the collector of royalty or scouting. Excllent condition.
Catalog: # AM-1799
Topic: Royalty
Price: $575.00

Future Secretary Of The Interior Columbus Delano Signs A Document

 DELANO, COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS DELANO. DS. 3pp. 8" x 10". n.p. September 28th 1853. A document signed by Columbus Delano regarding banking regulations. It is in fine condition and the red wax seals are completely intact.
Catalog: # AM-0262
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $50.00

Future Secretary Of The Treasury Meredith Writes To General Taylor

 TAYLOR, ZACHARY
[Zachary Taylor] 1848. Philadelphia. 1 page. ALS to Taylor by future Treasury Secretary William Meredith; “Philad. Jan 6, 1848 - Genl Z. Taylor Sir, In conformity with the request of the select and Common Councils of the City of Philadelphia we have the honour to transmit to you the enclosed resolutions, which were unanimously adopted by these bodies, and to assure you of the esteem with which we are. Sir, Your obt Servts, Thomas Snowden President of the Com. Council, W. M. Meredith.” William Morris Meredith. (1799–1873) American lawyer, He served in the Pennsylvania State Legislature from 1824 to 1828, and was president of the Philadelphia City Council from 1834 until 1849. He was also United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1841. President Zachary Taylor, wanting a Pennsylvanian Whig for his cabinet, appointed Meredith to be the 19th Secretary of the Treasury. He began his term in office in March 1849 In this letter, Meredith is referring to one of the many resolutions passed throughout the grateful nation bestowing honors upon Taylor and his forces for gallant service during the Mexican-American War. Fold marks with 1” x ¼” chink along bottom right crease, just above Snowden’s autograph; light chipping to left corner folds, and light minor wear. A fine letter bearing the signatures of both Thomas Snowden and William Meredith. One year after this letter was written, the newly elected President Taylor would elevate Meredith to high office in his cabinet.
Catalog: # AM-0911
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1500.00

Gazette of the United States with an Advertisement of Early Stock Brokerage Firm Pintard & Bleecker

Gazette of the United States. August 10, 1791. 10 ¼” X 17”. 4 pages. Routine content but a nice advertisement of early stockbrokers Pintard & Bleecker offering the to “Purchase and Sell all kinds of Certificates & Public Securities…” Light some light discoloration. Fine.
Catalog: # DN-45
Topic: Newspapers
Price: $75.00

General David Wooster Signs A Pass For A Soldier To Return To Fort Ticonderoga From Montreal During The Invasion of Canada In 1775

David Wooster (1711 – 1777). American General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He served on the Quebec Expedition in 1775 under General Richard Montgomery, assuming command of all forces in Quebec following the latter’s death during the Battle of Quebec. He died of wounds sustained during the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut (Danbury Raid). DS. 2 pages, both sides of a single sheet. Wooster approves a pass for a soldier to return from Montreal to Fort Ticonderoga just over a Month before the ill-fated Battle of Quebec in which expedition leader General Richard Montgomery would be killed. Penned on two sides, the pass permits the soldier to ultimately return all the way Albany. “Mr. William Dunlap has the Generals Permission to pass to Ticonderoga. By order of the General James van Rensselaer and Decamp, Montreal 25, Nov. 1775.” Wooster pens his approval “The above pass is to be attended to, David Wooster, Brigdr. Genl.” “Ticonderoga, 17th December 1775. The with in named Mr. Wm. Dunlap is permitted to pass to General Schuyler at Albany. Fort George, December 19, 1775, permitted as above by me..James Holmes Col. And G. V. Schaick, Col.” A superb military pass issued while the campaign on Quebec and preparations for attack were in full swing. Partially tipped onto another strip of paper at top margin. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-140
State: New York
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2500.00

General Edmund P. Gaines To General Zachary Taylor With Exceptional Content

 GAINES, EDMUND PENDELTON

[Zachary Taylor] 1846. New Orleans. 1 pp. Autograph Letter Signed. Superlatively important historical Mexican American war letter regarding Gaines' unauthorized call for troops written just 13 days after war was declared:

Hd Qqs Western Division New Orleans May 26, 1846

My Dear General - This will be handed to you by Colonel Morton Simms of Alabama, who goes with some choice volunteers of that state, to unite with their comrades with you in the war against Mexico. Col. Morton is warmly recommended to me by my brother G. S. Gaines & my nephew H. S. Lyon, as a Gentleman of great integrity honor and chivalry. Give him if you can an opportunity to measure his strength with your gallant enemy and you will confer a favor on him, and upon you Friend & obdt sert Edmund P. Gaines General Zachary Taylor Commanding the US Army in Mexico.

(Postscript) I send you a copy of my orders of yesterday with a letter from the Adt. Genl. directing me to countermand my authority for raising mounted Gun men. E.P.G

Exceptional content related to Gaines controversial decision to call up volunteers during the Mexican-American War. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0913
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $3500.00

General John Morin Scott Cut Signature

General John Morin Scott (1730 – 1784). Brigadier general during the American Revolution, delegate to Continental Congress. Signature cut from the conclusion of a letter. 3 ½” x 2”. “Jno. Morin Scott”. Tipped onto another sheet of paper. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-120
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $225.00

General Nathan Kimball To General Taylor

 KIMBALL, NATHAN
[ZACHARY TAYLOR]1848. Indiana. 4 pp. A outstanding letter of rarely seen content related to the Mexican-American War with fascinating content regarding "slanderous" comments made by General Taylor against the 2cd Indiana Regiment in the Taylor’s heroic and legendary Battle of Buena Vista, the victory which arguably gave him the Presidency:

"Fredericksburg Washington County Indiana August 17, 1848

General,
You will pardon the liberty I take in addressing you this, asking of you an answer in regard to a subject which you have already been troubled considerably about and which you have already answered satisfactorily to most whigs – to wit. The incorrectness of your report in relation to the conduct of the 2cd Ind. Regiment in the great battle of Buena Vista Feby 22nd & 25th. 1847.

You are aware that the leaders of the Cass party in Indiana are endeavering to injure your prospects in the state by Charging you with having slandered the 2cd Regt of Indiana and Vol. (Col Bowles) in your report, this charge is clearly and satisfactorily settled by your letters to Hon G.G. Dunn M.C. as also – the charge “that you neglect and refuse to correct said report having the proper Datta before you by which you can correct.” But the charge is still made against you ; & it is said by persons who contributed to those reports – that the proceedings of the Court of enquiry which was had for Genl Lane (?) & Col. Bowles & the supplemental report of Lane – were forwarded to you and that they contain the datta for a connection of your report of that battle – as relates to the conduct of that Regiment. But that you still refuse to correct.” Now General I am an humble one – a supporter of the “Taylor & Fillmore” ticket. I am an Indianan & I was in the Battle of Buena Vista & a member of the 2cd Ind Regt. I had the honor to command a company – being its Capt and I know the conduct of the regiment during that day having joined the Regt of Mississipians, under Col. Davis with a portion of my company after the retreat of our regt & I remained with Col. Davis commanded until our regt was rallied & brot back by Lt. Col Haddon & even then my Company continued next to the flank of Col. Davis regt. I do know that the Regt of Col Bowles – retreated by orders - & that it was rallied again – but Col Bowles neglected to join it & thus it was unrecognized – as a distinct regt. Altho it participated in every engagement but one – in which the Miss. Regt. Was engaged- It was in the engagement when the charge by the Lancus was made against Miss. & third Ind. Regt. & contributed in the glorious repulse of the Mexicans – But this is rather foreign to the purpose.

I am anxious to know whether or not you have officially received the supplemental report of General Lane of the proceedings of the Court of Inquiry – in the Cause of Lane & Bowles & also whether or not one or both of those documents don’t furnish sufficient evidence of the gallant bearing & good conduct of the 2cd Ind Regt. To cause you to make a supplemental or a corrective report to the Detailed report made by you in regard to that regt. in the battle of Buena Vista.

The Leaders of the Cass party are denouncing you on that account. They denounce & stigmatize all of us who support you – as cowards & slanderers – As I was in that battle and knew the conduct of that regt - & the causes that produced the misfortunes of our regt – and the cause of your making your detailed as you did – I have been called upon to take the stump by your friends & by my own desire to see your cause successful & the truth to triumph by lending my feeble aid – this I have done, but I have been assailed on all hands, by the papers and stump orators of the opposition. I have told the people that you were not to blame – that your report was made up from the reports of your subordinates. Wool, Lane & c. I have compared all of the reports and have shewn that yours is milder than any other. They say in answer that – now having all the proper & sufficient datta to go upon you refuse to correct. I point them to your letter to Dunn – they still say that you now have those proper documents & still you refuse – Genl Lane, Col Lane, are now making speeches in this state – in which you are barely slandered & denounced – because – as they say – you refuse to do Justice to Indianians who fought bravely at Buena Vista – because you don’t correct your detailed report of that glorious battle & they say you have the proper & sufficient official datta to enable you to correct that report.

General – you can immagine our feelings here when we hear all this – having been under you – having served under you in that battle & venerating you as I do- it goes hard to hear this, and I wish you to condescend to answer this that I may meet your enemies - & the enemies of my state – these barely fawning sycophants – I know that you are willing to do Justice to my brave associates in arms of the 2cd Regt. Ind. Volunteers & that you will do it in an individual capacity in answering this - & officially if you have the proper official datta to go upon – I enclose a paper notice ..one of my efforts in your behalf, and I do hope that you will pardon the (liberty) I have taken in thus addressing you that you will grant me an answer, for by it we will be able to defend you and ourselves.

Accept General appearances of high consideration & esteem and my wishes for your success & happiness and believe sir Respectfully Your Obt Servt Nathan Kimball
Late Capt. G. Comp. 2nd Ind Vol.

PS You will see on the first page of the paper and article over the signature of “Justice” which I wrote & also on 2nd page an editorial in relation to my effort on the stump. N Kimball.” On reverse: “Majr Genl Zachary Taylor Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Frederickburg, Ind August 17, 1848 Nathan Kimball Late Captain 2cd Ind Vol. In regard to the battle of B.V.
To be attended to Baton Rouge from Indiana Troops
" 4 pp. Integral address leaf. Included with the letter is the page from “The Salem News” (Salem Indiana, Tues. Aug 1, 1848) that General Kimball refers to, where he is anonymously published as “Justice.” A docketed postcript in Taylor's hand states “To be attended to Baton Rouge, from Indiana Troops”.
Extraordinary first-hand account of the Battle of Buena Vista and a fantastic demonstration of political support for the future president. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0915
Condition: Fine
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $4500.00

General Wadsworth Forwards Proceeds of Tory Estates to The State of Connecticut

American Revolution. Tory Estates. Manuscript document. 8 ¼” x 6”. “Recd of Gen’l James Wadsworth five hundred and seventy pounds, nine shillings and three pence in bills of this state & Pay table orders, which was received towards the avails of confiscated Estates. I say rec’d for the use of the State of Connecticut this 11 Feby. 1782…” In May of 1775,Connecticut passed an act allowing for the confiscation of real estate of convicted Tories which was amended to include personal property the following year. During the course of the war Connecticut made liberal use of the statute. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3407
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $225.00

George Francis Train Writes ALS Rambling On About Gold And The Stock Market

George Francis Train (March 24, 1829 – January 5, 1904). Eccentric businessman. ALS 2 pages. Sherman House, Chicago, March 29, 1864. Dear Edmund C. Stedman, Esq. Had no time to write you in N.Y., shall be off for two weeks. Ask Durant to give you a book and take your cue from him. The subtrain will go like wild fire. The Book will answer your inquiry. Geo. Francis Train” On the verso, Train has written another missive on gold and the stock market…“Gold will go to 45 and 50 and Chase will hold it there - stocks will tumble 20% in three weeks. Keep on the short side…. Tell Robinson and your friend that there are these kinds of notes. Meet her by moonlight alone. G.F.T.” Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-0048
State: Illinois
Price: $225.00

George Getty, Father Of J. Paul, Signs A Check

 GETTY, GEORGE F.
George Getty. DS. 1pp. 8 3/4" x 3". Los Angeles. June25, 1917. A "Security Trust and Savings Bank" check signed by George Getty. He paid the "Newwef Tire Company $151.05". The check is stamp and punch cancelled with a dark signature; it is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0325
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $65.00

George Hoar Declines To Deliver An Address On John Hancock

 HOAR, GEORGE
GEORGE HOAR. TLS. 1pp. 8" x 10 1/4". Washington, D.C. January 14, 1896. A typed letter signed "Geo F. Hoar" to "Walter Gilman Page": "I do not think I can undertake to deliver the oration upon John Hancock. My duties in the Senate will require all my time and strength for the coming winter and spring, and perhaps far into the summer. If Gov. Greenhalge, or Lt. Gov. Wolcott, would undertake it, there would be an admirable oration. And it would seem proper that the Governor, as successor of John Hancock, who was the first Governor under our Constitution, should pronounce the address. I know how much he is burdened by such duties. But he is a man of great native oratoric capacity, and I suppose does such duties quite easily." The letter is glued down to a board and is in fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0211
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $75.00

George Santayana

An Envelope Addressed To The Mark Twain Society And Signed By George Santayana In The Return Address. GEORGE SANTAYANA (1863 - 1952). Philosopher. Envelope is autographed with the return address. 6” x 5”. Address to Mr. Cyril Clemens at the Mark Twain Society in Webster Groves, Missouri. Cyril Clemens, a relative of the famous writer, founded the society to keep the memory of Twain and his work alive.
Catalog: # AM-1205
Topic: Literary
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Gold Selleck Silliman Is Paid For Prosecuting A Counterfeiter of Bills Of Publick Credit While Serving As King’s Attorney

Febry. Term AD 1768. An order to the Joseph Tallcott, Esq., Treasurer of the Colony of Connecticut to “pay to Gold Selleck Silliman Esqr., Kings Attorney for the County of Fairfield, Twenty Six Pounds thirteen shillings and one Penny lawful money out of the Colony Treasury being Costs allowed in this court on a Prosecution against Nath’l Bunhell for Counterfeiting Bills of Publick Credit…” This is not signed by Silliman.
Catalog: # AM-0094
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $125.00

Governor General Of India Marquis Of Wellsley

Governor General of India and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. 3 1/4” x 2 1/2”. Cut signature from the conclusion of a letter. “Wellesley”. Mounted to another sheet of paper. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0874
Price: $65.00

Grace Larue

[Entertainers]. An album page signed by two famous actresses. GRACE LARUE (1882-1956) was an American actress, singer, and Vaudeville headliner. An autograph note signed ”Most Sincerely to Mrs. Higler Grace LaRue 1919 on an album page. The verso is signed by ELSIE JANIS (1889–1956) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and screenwriter. Entertaining the troops during World War I immortalized her as "the sweetheart of the AEF" (American Expeditionary Force).The overall condition is very fine
Catalog: # AM-1644
Topic: Entertainment
Price: $35.00

Graphic New York Public School Attendance Certificate Boldy Signed By Peter Cooper

PETER COOPER (1791-1883). Manufacturer; Inventor; Philanthropist. DS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 9 ¼”. December, 1846. Presented to “Maria Nunns as a testimonial of the approbation of her Teacher & the School Committee for regular & punctual attendance…” Excellent condition and great for display
Catalog: # AM-1748
State: New York
Topic: Science and Inventors
Price: $275.00

Grover Cleveland Signed Presidential Appointment For An Army Assistant Surgeon General

 CLEVELAND, GROVER
Grover Cleveland (1837-1908). Twenty Second and Twenty Fourth President. DS. 1pp. 15 ¼” x 19 ¼”. January 23, 1888. “Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Charles Page I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint him Assistant Surgeon General with the rank of Colonel in the service of the United States….” Signed by Grover Cleveland and William Endicott as Secretary of War. Folds and slight paper loss at blue seal. Avery crisp and clean high ranking medical appointment.
Catalog: # AM-1783
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1000.00

Hamilton Fish

HAMILTON FISH (1808-1893). American Statesman and diplomat; Secretary of State; Governor of New York. DS 1 page measureing 7” x 2 5/8”. New York, July 13, 1892. Check number 11073 drawn on the Bank of New York for $400 and made payable to Hamilton Fish Jr. Fish’s signature is clear on the lower right of the check. Excellent
Catalog: # AM-1651
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $75.00

Hans Grimm

HANS GRIMM (1875-1959) German writer and Nazi supporter. Grimm never formally became a member of the party, and grew increasing worried by the illegality of its methods. Despite this, Grimm continued to defend National Socialism in the post-war years. Typed Sentiments Signed, “Hans Grimm,” in German on stationery bearing an image of the swastika and iron eagle. One page, 7 ½” x 9 ½”. Munich. December 24, 1935. Grimm extends his wishes for a happy Christmas and New Year.
Catalog: # AM-1708
Country: Germany
Topic: Military History
Price: $275.00

Harry Payne Whitney Signs A Banking Document

 WHITNEY, HARRY PAYNE
HARRY PAYNE WHITNEY. DS. 1pp. 8 1/2" x 11". New York. Dec 6 1922. A document signed "Payne Whitney" addressed "TO THE COLUMBIA TRUST COMPANY": "Pursuant to the preliminary consent to the merger of Columbia Trust Company and Irving National Bank, heretofore signed, and the request of Arthur Sachs, Edward H. Clark, Augustus G. Paine, Jr., Frederick Strauss and William A. Tucker, the Merger Committee, appointed by the Columbia Trust Company, the undersigned sends you herewith and in consideration of a like deposit by other stockholders hereby irrevocably deposits with you certificates for 552 shares of capital stock of Columbia Trust Company...The undersigned hereby appoints...attorneys and proxies for the undersigned to vote upon all stock of Columbia Trust Company held or owned by the undersigned according to the number of shares which the undersigned would be entitled to vote if personally present...". The piece is in choice condition with a dark signature.
Catalog: # AM-0534
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Henry Cabot Lodge

HENRY CABOT LODGE politician and senator. Autograph Note signed. March 25. “Beacon Street” stock card. Addressing Mr. Norris: “I am sorry to say that I am engaged this evening. I will meet you anytime this morning...I think that we should have a conference - Will you arrange with your colleagues & let me know by bearer at what hour I shall be at Headquarters — Yours. H.C. Lodge.” Mounting traces, light foxing. VG.
Catalog: # AM-1663
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $95.00

Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

HENRY CABOT LODGE JR. (1902-1985) U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Vietnam and the Vatican. Typed Letter Signed, "H.C. Lodge, Jr," as Senator, on United States Senate letterhead. One page, 8" x 10 3/8". [Washington]. July 1, 1949. Lodge writes to acknowledge his correspondent' letter concerning Senator Kerm's proposed amendment to the ECA Appropriations bill. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1201
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

Henry Inman Writes To Prominent New York Attorney Samuel B. Ruggles Concerning His "Picture of the Duke of Bridgewater"

Henry Inman (1801 - 1846). American painter. ALS. 1 page. 4 3/4" x 7 1/2". London, Feby. 1st. To Sam. B. Ruggles, Esquire; "You will oblige me by paying to our mutual friend Geo. Buckham, one hundred and twenty-five dollars ($125) on acct. of the picture of the Duke of Bridgewater, which I propose sending you on the 4th of March next. Buckham will explain why I take this liberty. Very Sincerely Yours, Henry Inman." Nice letter from this important artist with mention of one of his works. Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1788
Country: England
Topic: Artists
Price: $750.00

Henry L. Pierce

HENRY L. PIERCE (1825-1896) U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Photograph of Pierce signed on verso, “Henry L. Pierce.”  2 1/2” x 4 1/4”. No place. No place. Backstamp reads, “J.W. Black 173 Washington St. Boston.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0227
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $125.00

Henry White ALS on Holland-America Line Stationary

4 ½” x 6 ¾”. Henry White ALS concerning a request for an autograph. White writes from the S.S. Rotterdam, N.Y. Harbor. “Dear Sir, In reply to your letter of the 4th inst. I append hereto my autograph. Being on my way to Europe and having no photographs with me I am unable to send you one of them. Yours Sincerely, Henry White.” Henry White (1850 - 1927) A prominent U.S. diplomat during the 1890s and 1900s, and one of the signers of the Treaty of Versailles. Theodore Roosevelt, who was president during the peak of White's career, described White as "the most useful man in the entire diplomatic service, during my Presidency and for many years before." Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1536
State: New York
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

Herbert Hoover Signed Card

Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964). 31st President of the United States. Card Signed. 3 ½” x 2”. “Herbert Hoover”. Excellent Condition.
Catalog: # AM-3417
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $125.00

Herman Wouk Signed Photograph

Herman Wouk (1915 - ). Pulitzer prize winning novelist, wrote The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. Signed Photograph. 8” x 10”. Signed “Herman Wouk 28 VIII 59” Excellent
Catalog: # WT-17
State: New York
Topic: Literary
Price: $145.00

Hudson Maxim

 MAXIM, HUDSON
(1853 – 1927), was a U.S. inventor and chemist who invented a variety of explosives, including smokeless gunpowder. He was the brother of Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor of the Maxim gun and uncle of Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the Maxim Silencer. Soft cover edition of “The World’s Verdict on Hudson Maxim’s Book The Science of Poetry and The Philosophy of Language,” 43pp, 61/2" x 9 1/2", Fun & Wagnall’s company, New York [1910]. Promotional anthology of brief critiques of his book by 86 “well-known people” of the day. Frontispiece image with printed dedication and signature inserted. Boldly signed and inscribed on cover, “Alfred Gaskill With Compliments of...” cover separated; internally intact. General light toning; cover evidences light wear and soiling; 4" tear on back cover with no paper loss. Very Good.
Catalog: # AM-1020
Topic: Science and Inventors
Price: $225.00

Hugh Legare ALS

HUGH LEGARE (1797-1843) American lawyer and politician. Legare served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and also founded and edited the Southern Review. In addition, he also served as a Congressman, Secretary of State ad interim and Attorney General of the United States. Autograph Letter, in French, Signed, “H.S. Legare.” Two pages, 4 7/8” x 7 5/8”. No place. 1834. Usual folds. Some light fading of text at left edge. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1402
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $275.00

Indenture Signed By Eliphalet Reminton

ELIPHALET REMINGTON (1793-1561) Designer of the Remington rifle. Manuscript Document Signed, "E. Remington." Six pages, 7 3/4" x 12". No plcae. November 16, 1859. The document is an indebuture between " ... Lawrence L. Merry and Charles P. Hunt Copartners under the name, style or firm of Merry & Hunt of the first part and George Lucherman, Eliphalet Remington and F.C. Shephard ..." assigning to Remington and his partners all " ... the goods chattels ...note book accounts .... and property of every name and nature whatsoever of the said partners of the first part belong to the said firm of Merry and Hunt ... " following Merry & Hunt's inability to pay outstanding debts owned to Remington, Lucherman and Shepard. Bound with pink ribbon at top edge. Usual folds. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1183
Topic: Business
Price: $1250.00

Indenture Witenessed By Abraham Yates, Jr.

ABRAHAM YATES JR. (1724-1796) American lawyer and civil servant. Yates was a member of the NY Provincial Congress, chairman of the Albany Committee of Correspondence and a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation. Manuscript Document Signed as witness by Yates, “Abm. Yates, Jun.” One page, 12 3/4” x 15”. New York. June 13, 1761. The document serves as an indenture between Elisabeth Helling and Janetie[?] Bratt. Helling grants Bratt a tract of land in “Manner Renslaar in the County of Albany” for the sum of ten shillings. Some dampstaining. Usual folds. Uneven edges. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1386
State: New Hampshire
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $145.00

Inventor Hudson Maxim Congratulates The Famed Publisher Henry Woodhouse On His Magazine Flying

 MAXIM, HUDSON
HUDSON MAXIM. TLS. 1pp. 8 1/2" x 11". Maxim Park, New Jersey. A typed letter signed "Hudson Maxim" to the well-known publisher "Henry Woodhouse": "Your letter of the 7th instant was received and I waited for the copy of FLYING before answering. The latter has just come to hand. We are sorry that you did not continue your flight a little longer and land in Maxim Park on Lake Hopatcong. We would have given you the time of your life. Next time drop down on us. I congratulate you on the excellence of your periodical - FLYING. Referring to your editorial on fuel, and referring to what you say regarding the use of high explosives both in the editorial and in your letter, I enclose you an article which I would be glad if you would print upon the subject." The signature is very dark and the piece is in extremely fine condition. A small chip to the upper left corner affects nothing.
Catalog: # AM-0619
Topic: Science and Inventors
Price: $350.00

Isaac Huger Introduces The Dutch Parson Charles Bennicker To Governor of Georgia John Houston

 HAGGIN, JAMES B.

ISAAC HUGER (1743 – 1797). Continental Army general during American Revolutionary War. Huger began his military career in Thomas Middleton’s Provincial South Carolina Regiment in 1761. Huger commanded the light horse and militia outside of the city during the siege of Charleston, and later commanded units of the Southern Department and the Virginia Continental Army. ALS. 1 page. 6 1/4" x 8".  South Carolina, July 16, 1784.  To His Excely. John Houston; "Dear Sir, Permit me to introduce to your committee the the bearer of this, the Reverend Mr. Charles Bernicken, who is engaged to preach to the Dutch Congregation in Savannah, his conduct to his late congregation, in this state and a true friend to the United States of America, merits my warmest recommendation. Am dear sir your friend and humble servant, Isaac Huger '. A nice example of an ALS from this Revolutionary War general.

Catalog: # AM-3309
Price: $750.00

Isaac Israel Hayes Signs A Discharge For A Civil War Surgeon

Isaac Israel Hayes (1832 - 1881) was a physician and Arctic explorer. In 1853 he sailed as surgeon in the second Arctic expedition of Elisha Kent Kane. Isaac Hayes undertook his own expedition in 1860. With Kane, Hayes opened the way to the North Pole. When he learned of the Civil War he enlisted as a surgeon in the Union Army and was promoted major and brevet colonel. He undertook his third voyage to the Arctic in 1869. Hayes wrote several books about his experiences. (picturehistory.com) 7” x 9 3/4”. Isaac I. Hayes signed discharge document as Surg. U.S. Vols. Commanding Hospital. “I certify, on honor, that Charles Homann a Sergeant of Captain Thos. I. Leiper’s Company A of the 58th Infantry Volunteers, of the State of Pennsylvania, born in Germany, aged 28 years….having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY with his Company in to the present date, is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of ‘Expiration of term of Enlistment’…. Given in Duplicate, at West Phila. Pa, this 10th day of November, 1864, I.I. Hayes Surg. U.S. Vols. Commanding Hospital.” Split at horizontal fold previously repaired with tape that has discolored the paper. Tape removed and archival tape repair on verso.
Catalog: # AM-1586
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Civil War
Price: $150.00

Israel Thorndike Signed Check

ISRAEL THORNDIKE (1755-1832) sailor, merchant and politician. Thorndike was elected to the Massachusetts legislature thirteen times and, along with Elbridge Gerry, helped to create the gerrymander. Adjusting for inflation, Thorndike is considered to be the fiftieth wealthiest American of all time. Partially printed United States bank check signed as maker, “Israel Thorndike.” 4 5/8” x 2”. Boston October 23, 1806. The check pays Ebenezer Francis “forty four hundred and ninety dollars.” Two punch cancellations, not affecting Thorndike’s signature. Very fine.
Catalog: # AM-1058
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $450.00

J. J. Crittenden Signed Card

 Crittenden, John J.
J. J. CRITTENDEN. “The Great Compromiser”. 3 1/8” x 1 3/4”. Card signed, “J. J. Crittenden, Kenty.” Some soiling.
Catalog: # AM-0858
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $100.00

J. Paul Getty

 GETTY, J. PAUL
J. Paul Getty (1892-1976). Billionaire oil executive, principal owner of Getty Oil; art patron and founder of the J. Paul Getty Museum on his estate in Malibu. Very brief TLS, 1 p, 4to, Santa Monica, Jan 26, 1951. On his personal letterhead to Dr. Paul Hill in Pasadena. “Enclosed please find X-Rays [not present] requested by your secretary…” Boldly signed. Light diagonal wrinkle entire length of letter; minor toning; else VG/Fine
Catalog: # AM-1483
State: California
Topic: Oil and Gas
Price: $245.00

J.P. Morgan Jr. Signs For The New York Trade School

 MORGAN, J. PIERPONT JR.
Typed Document Signed. New York. December 31, 1897. 1 pp. 8" x 13". Legal document giving consent to the to Second Avenue Railroad Company to the New York Trade School signed “J.P. Morgan Jr.” It reads, in part: “The undersigned, the owner of the property known as the New York Trade School, lying on the East side of First Avenue, and extending from sixty-seventh to sixty-eighth Streets, in the City of “New York, hereby consents to the operation of the railroad of the Second Avenue Railroad Company or any portion thereof, by any power, other than locomotive steam power or overhead trolley, which may be approved by the Board of Railroad Commissioners the State of New York. PROVIDED HOWEVER, that this consent shall in no event be deemed to waive, release or affect any claim for damages the undersigned or its assigns may have against the said Company, which may arise or ensue by reason of such substitution and change of power or the operation of the said railroad...” The New York Trade School was originally called the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1881 it was renamed the New York Trade School to more precisely reflect its curriculum (after the art education program is moved to a separate school). Five years before this document was signed, Morgan’s father had offered the school a sizeable endowment. Over the next 60 years it gained a reputation as the nation’s leading trade school for American young men and the model upon which other trade schools are founded. With impressed seal and minor age wear to bottom third. Mostly Fine. An interesting Railroad, Art School & Morgan association with a scarce JP Morgan, Jr. signature.
Catalog: # AM-1255
State: New York
Topic: Business
Price: $500.00

Jacob Vanderbilt, Brother Of Cornelius, Signs A Note

 VANDERBILT, JACOB HAND
JACOB VANDERBILT. ADS. 1pp. 8" x 2 3/4". n.p. Sept. 25th 1825. An autograph note signed by JACOB VANDERBILT on the back of a bill. He penned: "Pay the Bearer Crochion the amount of this Bill which I have Received J. H. VANDERBILT". On the front, someone penned: "Recd the amt of Two hundred & twenty four Dollars of Capt C Vanderbilt". The piece has some folds and slight wear, but is in fine conditon overall. A scarce autograph of this important Vanderbilt family member.
Catalog: # AM-0314
Topic: Business
Price: $495.00

James Buchanan Signs A Warrant to Affix the Seal To a Pardon

James Buchanan (1791 – 1868). 15th President of the United States. Washington, July 14, 1859. DS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 9”. Buchanan authorizes “the Secretary of State affix the seal of the United States to a pardon for John Meader…” Meader had been convicted of petty larceny. Overall light toning.
Catalog: # AM-3423
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1250.00

James C. Dobbin

JAMES C. DOBBIN. (1814-1857). Dobbin served as Franklin Pierce’s Secretary of the Navy. During his tenure, he instated numerous reforms, including the forced retirement of many old andineffective officers. Letter Signed, “J.C. Dobbin.” One page, 8” x 9 ¾”. Navy Department. February25, 1854. Dobbins “Sir, The enclosed general Regulation is forwarded you for you guidance inregard to the mode of keeping and disbursing public money, with a view to uniformity of action onthe part of Disbursing Agents. It is considered by the department as the most proper and convenientmode for the Public Officers under the law and the regulations of the Treasury Department. Very Respectfully Your Obedient Servant J.C. Dobbin. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-0098
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $90.00

James Freeman Clarke On His Extensive Autograph Collection, Including Numerous Presidents And Other Prominent Political Figures!

JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE (1810-1888) American preacher and author. Autograph Letter Signed, “James F. Clark.” Three pages, 8” x 10”. Boston. April 28, 1843. Freeman writes to “Rev Dr. Sprague,” in part: “ … I send you herewith a piece of one of Mr. Lindsay’s letters, one of Belham, & one of my grandfather Hull. To these I have added one of President Holley’s one or Mr. Harlitt’s (father of Wm. Hartlitt) an English Unitarian preacher- one of Com. Isaac Hull’s, the hero of the Constitution and one ffrom Mr. Bentley of Salem & Gov. Jas. Sullivan of Boston. I do not know whether any of these will be valuable to you- if not, you can easily return them. I can also furnish you, if you have them not, with letters from Major Generals H. Knox and Benj. Lincoln, from Aaron Burr, Governor Geo. Clinton, Col. Brooks (afterward Gov. of Massachusetts) and Timothy Pickering. These were mostly written during the Revolutionary War- I have, besides these, duplicates of letter from Gallatin, Gen. Dearborn, and Sam. Dexter, and speeches to the Indians with Thos. Jefferson’s signature. Any, or all of them, are at your service. I have a very small collection of my own that I got together almost by accident. As you are so kind as to offer to send me some of your spare autographs I will tell you what I have, which is easier than to say what I have not. I have letters, mostly holograph by Sr. Channing, Bsp. Seabury ( of Prot. Espisc. Church) Bsp Cheevers (Roman Catholic) Holley, Priestly, Lindays, Belshaw, Presidents John Adams, Madison, Monroe, Jefferson, Fisher Ames, Sam. Dexter, Governors Sullivan & G. Gore, Thos Pinkney, Geo. Clinton, Gov. Dudley or Mass 1706- Gov. Shirley 1760 - John Hancock, Bowdoin, Sam Adams, Henry Clay, General Lincoln, Knox, Heath, Geo. Clinton, W.H. Harrison, & Gen Anthony Wayne - I have besides these autographs of John Vaughan of Phila. Miss Motrineau, R.W. Emerson, Alfred Tennyson, John Keats, Rammohun Roy, Daniel Boone, Prof Ebeling of Hamburg, Hannah Adams, Dr. Bowditch, Land Lyndhurts, John J. Astor, Jude Story, - You see there is a singular mixture … ”

Truly a laundry list of wonderful autographs in this letter. Deserving of special attention is undoubtedly the Jefferson signed “Speeches to the Indians,” as well as the fine offering a letter penned during the Revolutionary War and the especially rare signature of Daniel Boone. A fine glimpse into the collecting habits of Clarke, who has himself become a desirable addition to the collections of today’s autograph enthusiasts. Usual folds. Extremely Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1339
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $245.00

James M. Mason

Washington, February 10, 1860. James Murray Mason (1798-1871). Confederate diplomat; U.S. Representative and Senator. Mason began his political career in 1826 with his local Virginia legislature shortly after studying law at William and Mary. Elected to Congress in 1837, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to finish out Senator Pennybacker’s term. Re-elected in 1849 and 1855, Mason served as chairman of the Senate foreign Relations Committee for ten years, and was in the Senate when Virginia seceded. Politically, Mason was prominently affiliated with the Southern Rights Democrats, and drafted the famous fugitive-slave law of 1850. these accomplishments along with a personal friendship with confederate President Jefferson Davis, well qualified Mason to serve in England as the Confederate commissioner, and as a colleague to John Slidell who was dispatched to France in the same capacity. The seizure of Mason and Slidell while on board the Trent by Captain Wilkes of the U. S. Navy caused a serious diplomatic crisis between the United States and England. In January 1862 Mason and Slidell were released and resumed their mission.
Catalog: # CK-0133
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

James Monroe Signed Land Grant While Serving As President

JAMES MONROE (1758-1831). Fifth President of the United States. DS. On vellum. 1 page. 13” x 8 ½” Washington, August 8, 1820. Partly-printed land grant in which “Charles Botkins of Champaign County …whereby…full payment has been made receives land purchased under “An Act providing for the sale of the lands of the United States, in the Territory north west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky River.” Couple of small holes in vellum, missing seal. Overall fine.
Catalog: # AM-3421
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $750.00

James Nelson Huston Check

The Riggs National Bank Check Signed, as maker, by JAMES NELSON HUSTON (1849-1927) U.S. Senator and Treasurer of the United States under President Harrison. Huston also managed Harrison’s campaign for president and was indicted and convicted of mail fraud for his involvement in the National Trust Company. 7 1/2” x 3”. March, 1917. Perforation cancellation. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1435
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $45.00

James P. Prince Applies To Be A Naval Surgeon For The Union During The Civil War

CV and treatise on Pneumonia for the Naval Board. Five pages. Philadelphia. April 24, 1861. Prince writes four pages on the subject of Pneumonia.

Prince was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the MA 22nd Infantry in October of 1861. In August of 1862, he was commissioned into the MA 36th Infantry, from which he was discharged for promotion in December of 1864. That same month, Prince joined the US Volunteers Medical Staff, which he served in until he was mustered our in January of 1866, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to his medical service, Prince is listed as a POW at Gaines’ Mill, VA, on June 27, 1862. He was released the following month, though the place of his release is not stated in military records.

Catalog: # AM-1085
Topic: Civil War
Price: $245.00

James Polk Writes a Letter of Recommendation to the Secretary of the Navy

James K. Polk (1795 – 1849. 11th President of the United States. ALS. 1 page. 8” x 9 ¾”. Washington City, Feby. 9, 1831. Polk writes a letter of recommendation while serving as a congressman from Tennessee to the Secretary of the Navy, John Branch recommending “Edward Dunn, who has been employed in different capacities, in the service of the House of Representatives, for several years past…that he desires a situation of Purser in the Navy…If the Secretary of the Navy who has a personal knowledge of him, considers him qualified, his appointment would be very acceptable to a young man in very limited circumstances & would be gratifying to me.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Polk. Integral address leaf in Polk’s hand. A clean letter in excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3410
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1750.00

James Sullivan Cut Signature

James Sullivan (1744 - 1808). Lawyer and politician in Massachusetts. Sullivan served as the 2nd Massachusetts Attorney General from 1790-1807 and the 7th governor of Massachusetts from 1807-1808 where he died in office. Sullivan also served on the early Massachusetts Supreme Court as an associate justice. Cut Signature. 2 5/8" x 1". Mounted to a larger engraved portrait of Sullivan measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" overall. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3033
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $95.00

Jared Sparks

JARED SPARKS (1789-1866). Sparks, a clergyman, was one of the first Americans to collect and catalog important American manuscripts. Clipped signature “Jared Sparks” next to a printed “President.” 4¾” x 1¾” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0232
Topic: Religious History
Price: $50.00

Jay Cooke & Co. Certificate Of Deposit Signed By Jay Cooke

 COOKE, JAY
JAY COOKE (1821-1905) American financier. Partially Printed “Jay Cooke & Co Bankers” certificate of deposit Signed as maker for the company by Cooke, “Jay Cooke & Co.” 7 1/4” x 3 3/4”. Philadelphia. March 14, 1872. Vignette of a male at left. Orange revenue underprint. Pen cancelled. This item is accompanied by a PASS-CO certified Silver PASS. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1358
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $900.00

Jean Baptiste Gouvion French Engineer Who Organized The Siege Works At The Battle Of Yorktown

JEAN BAPTISTE GOUVION (1747-1792) French soldier and engineer who served alongside American forces during the Revolutionary War. Gouvion worked to organize the siege works at Yorktown and was praised by Washington for his engineering and military prowess. Document Signed, “Gougion,” in French on Etat Major General letterhead engraved with a full-masted ship. One page. To Major General of the National Guard. The document reads: “Pass M. Tavernier sub-lieutenant* of the National Guard into the Champs de Mars where he is engaged in duties in relation to the Artillery engaged at the Federation of 14 Gouvion. * at the disposal of the General Staff” Gouvion’s map of the Battle of Yorktown, possibly for George Washington recently sold for $1.1 million. A scarce autograph of this important figure in Revolutionary War history. Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-168
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2000.00

Jesse Straus TLS

 STRAUS, JESSE
JESSE STRAUS. TLS. I pp. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". New York. June 13, 1919. A typed letter signed "Jesse Isidor Straus" on his personal letterhead. Straus wrote to "Mr. Jason Rogers, The Globe": "I have your note. also the copy of your new book, 'Building Newspaper Advertising. I have not as yet had a chance to look at it but assure you that I will at the first opportunity, though I am afraid that may not be for the next two or three weeks." The letter is in outstanding condition with a bold signature.
Catalog: # AM-0166
Topic: Business
Price: $95.00

Jimmy Durante To An Autograph Seeker

Jimmy Durante (1893 – 1980). American actor, signer and comedian. ANS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 11” On imprinted St. Moritz Air Mail letterhead. “Dear Bernard, Well here is the autograph. I’ve got no pictures with me. Best Wishes, Jimmy Durante” Couple of tape stains from a previous mounting. Fine.
Catalog: # WT-11
State: New York
Topic: Actors/Actresses
Price: $90.00

John A. Andrews Cut Signature

John A. Andrews (1818 - 1867. was an American clergyman from Maryland. Serving as a minister at a vast array of various Churches, Andrews also authored multiple published books and sermons. Due to his efforts, Andrews was accepted as a lifetime member of the American Philosophical Society in 1787. Andrews can also be credited with establishing a college that is now known as the York College of Pennsylvania. Cut Signature. 4 3/4" x 1 1/4". Mounted to an engraved portrait of Andrews measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" overall. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3028
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $50.00

John Bassett Moore

JOHN BASSETT MOORE (1860-1947). Moore was an American jurist who served on Hague Tribunal and the International Court of Justice. ALS 2pp. 51/” x 63/4”. New York. July 22, 1928. An autograph letter signed “J B Moore” to “Mr. Barrett”: I..am sorry not to have seen you. This has been a rather trying summer. Besides the contrast with the low temperature at The Hague, to which I have become accustomed, I have been working harder, longer hours & more constantly than I could have wished. I have two volumes in type in the hands of the printer. I trust that you or your family are well. With congratulations on your appointment as counsel on the U.S. Agency…”. The piece is in extremely fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0955
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $125.00

John D. Long ALS

JOHN D. LONG (1838-1915) U.S. political figure. Long served as Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Secretary of the Navy. Autograph Letter Signed, "John Long" and "JDL" on his name-imprinted letterhead. Two pages, 4 1/2" x 6 7/8". Hingham, Massachusetts. January 30, 1915. Long writes, in part: " Let me thank you for the photographs. They not only prove the skill of the arist who took them , but ... the delightful occassion when Mrs. Long & I had such a pleasant lunch with you & Mrs. Blackmar ... It is a great virtue ot tell the truth. But I sometimes wish the photographic camera would indulge just a little in the fiction of flattery. It will not let up a hair on y more than three-score years ... " Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1175
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $65.00

John Hays Hammond Tls

JOHN HAYS HAMMOND (1855-1936) American mining engineer, and father of John Hays Hammond, Jr.. He developed diamond and gold mining in South Africa and California and helped found De Beers, the largest diamond producer in the world. He was the leader of a group of British immigrants who tried to overthrow the South African Republic, and was arrested and sentenced to death in January 1896. He avoided his sentence after paying a $125,000 fine. Typed Letter Signed. May 16, 1930, 1 page. Addressed to T.M. Vangelder, President of the American Association for the Recognition of Merit regretting he cannot join the Advisory Board. Hammond notes he is “retiring from all active work…” He signs “John Hays Hammond.” 6” x 8”. Light paperclip mark to bottom, o/w Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1131
Topic: Business
Price: $200.00

John Hays Hammond Writes Concerning The Stephen T. Mather Memorial

JOHN HAYS HAMMOND (1855-1936). Mining engineer, called "America's greatest miner"; Financier. "No other figure in history ever added so much to mankind's supplies of gold and silver. Through his efforts mines in the United States, Africa, Mexico, South America, Central America, and Russia have added hundreds of millions of dollars [in 1916 dollars] to the world's wealth." (Men Who are Making America by B.C. Forbes). Hammond began his career in mining working for George Hearst in 1879 and soon thereafter began collecting statistics on gold mining for the United States Geological Survey, an experience which proved invaluable to his future. In the 1890s Hammond was hired by Cecil Rhodes to be his chief mining engineer of the Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa, the company controlling the Rhodes interests on the Rand. It was Hammond who recommended Rhodes sell his outcropping mines and change to deep level development, a move which proved extremely successful. In 1896, Hammond was sentenced to death following the "Jameson Raid", resulting from the Transvaal mining interests belief that they were being treated unfairly by South African president Paul Kruger. Hammond was ultimately released after five months and a payment of $125,000.00. Upon returning to the United States in 1899, Hammond was the consulting engineer for a who's who of famous American mining and railroad financiers including: E. H. Harriman, William C. Whitney, the Guggenheims and Guggenheim Exploration Company and numerous others. He was active in recommending and securing many of the Guggenheim mining properties. He retired in 1907 due to poor health but continue many activities. Truly an important figure in mining and financial history, with the information merely providing a small sample of his activities. TLS. 1 page. Lookout Hill, Gloucester, Mass. September 21, 1929. To Mr. Louis Wiley, The New York Times. New York City. “Many thanks for your kindness in sending me the clipping from the New York Times of September 5th and September 6th. “Our committee will give careful consideration to the suggestions made as to the Stephen T. Mather Memorial after we have succeeded in obtaiing adequate subscriptions for an appropriate memorial. It will give me pleasure to confer with you before any action is taken. With sincere regards, Very truly yours. John Hays Hammond”. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0043
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

John Jacob Astor Writes Secretary Of War Cass To Request A Position For Noted Fur Trader Jean Joseph Rolette

 ASTOR, JOHN JACOB
JOHN JACOB ASTOR (1763-1848) First multi-millionaire in the United States. Astor created the first trust in America, from which he made his fortune in fur trading and real estate. Autograph Letter Signed, “John Jacob Astor.” One page, 7 3/4” x 9 7/8”. No place. August 1834. Astor writes to Secretary of War LEWIS CASS (1782-1866) American Military officer and politician, in part: “ At the request of Mr. Joseph Rolette (who I believe is well known to you) I beg leave to request the favor of your to give the appointment of Assistant Quarter Master at Prairie de Chien to his son-in-law Lei. Hooe understanding that Leu. Stockton wishes to be removed … ” Closing and signature removed, as was typical collector behavior during nineteenth century. This closing and signature has been expertly replaced to its original position in the letter. Usual folds. Overall Very Fine.

JEAN JOSEPH ROLETTE (1781-1842) was a prominent fur trader and member of the Mackinac Company, which operated a trading post in Prairie due Chien, Wisconsin.

Nice associations.

Catalog: # AM-1377
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $1400.00

John Nicholson

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
JOHN NICHOLSON (d. 1800). State official; Land speculator. Nicholson was a shady Pennsylvania state official who resigned all his state offices in 1794, having been impeached, but acquitted, by the Pennsylvania Legislature just prior to his resignation. Scarce Partially Printed Document Signed “Jn Nicholson.” Comptroller-Generals Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 29, 1789, 1 page. Octavo. Nicholson held the office from 1782 to 1794 and was often regarded as “the financial dictator of the state.” The document reads: “Theses certify William Leary late private 11th Penna. Reg’t hat been allowed a pension of four dollars per month, by the State of Pennsylvania, agreeable to Acts the United States, on account of would or disabilities received or incurred in the army of the United States during the late war, and that the same hath been paid him until the first day of May, 1789 and no longer…” Uneven edges as made, light stains. Overall Fine condition. A rare original period form and one of the first we have encountered.
Catalog: # AM-1240
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $950.00

John Nicholson Signed Certificate Paying Interest On Depreciation Certificate

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
1784, Pennsylvania. 8 1/2" x 6". Partly printed Council certificate in which David Rittenhouse is directed to pay "James Campbell Adm. Of Thomas Flahead late Private , of the Pennsylvania Line,...one year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Countersigned by JOHN NICHOLSON (d. Dec. 5, 1800), Comptroller general of Pennsylvania; with Robert Morris formed numerous land companies. These certificates were issued to pay the interest on depreciation certificates that had been previously issued to compensate soldiers on unpaid back pay and make up losses suffered by the troops from having been paid in depreciated currency. An interesting document displaying some of the financial chaos which was prevalent during and after the war. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1328
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $295.00

John Nicholson Signed Certificate Paying Interest On Depreciation Certificate

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
1784, Pennsylvania. 8 1/2" x 6". Partly printed Council certificate in which David Rittenhouse is directed to pay "Hugh Barnett Corporal of Hazens Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line,...one year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Countersigned by JOHN NICHOLSON (d. Dec. 5, 1800), Comptroller general of Pennsylvania; with Robert Morris formed numerous land companies. These certificates were issued to pay the interest on depreciation certificates that had been previously issued to compensate soldiers on unpaid back pay and make up losses suffered by the troops from having been paid in depreciated currency. An interesting document displaying some of the financial chaos which was prevalent during and after the war. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1329
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $295.00

John P. Kennedy

(1795-1870) Kennedy a novelist best remembered for Horse, Shoe Reunion. ALS 1pp 7 ½” x 9 ½”. Annapolis Md. Jany 13, 1847. Signed “John P. Kennedy” to “Watts Galusha...Presdt of the Phil. Soc. Rutgers. Coll.”: “I have received your letter of the 9th inst. announcing to me my unanimous election as an Honorary Member of the Philo clean Society of Rutgers College. I beg leave to return my thanks to the Society for this flattering testimonial of their good opinion and the spare them that I accept the honor they have conferred upon me with a satisfaction that is greatly enhanced by the high reputation which the college and its students have won in the general esteem of the country” It is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-1643
Topic: Literary
Price: $75.00

John Pillsbury Signs Articles Of Incorporation For The Minneapolis Belt Railway Company

JOHN S. PILLSBURY (1828-1901). American politician, businessman, Governor of Minnesota and philanthropist. Manuscript Document Signed, “J.S. Pillsbury.” Six pages, 8” x 12 1/2”. Minnesota. June 24, 1878. The document sets forth the articles of incorporation for the Minneapolis Belt Railway Company. With green notary seal on sixth page and blue oval “FILED IN THE OFFICE OF MINN SECREATY OF STATE” stamp on first page. Pages attached by brads and silk ribbon. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1249
Topic: Business
Price: $950.00

John Quincy Adams Free Franked Address Leaf to Harvard Medical School Co-Founder and Smallpox Vaccine Pioneer Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse

John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848). 6th President of the United States. Free Frank. 6” x 3 ¼” mounted to a larger sheet measuring 7” x 4 ¼” overall. Free franked address leaf addressed to “Benjamin Waterhouse, M.D., Professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.” Benjamin Waterhouse (1754 – 1846) was a Co-Founder of Harvard Medical School and a pioneer in the field of smallpox vaccination. His were the first vaccinations in the United States, successfully conducted on his four children. A fine association item. In excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3427
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $850.00

John Ringling Signed Transfer Stub

 RINGLING, JOHN NORTH
JOHN RINGLING (1866-1936) Best-known and most sucessful of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their Ringling Brothers Circus. Stock certificate transfer Stub Signed, "Jno. Ringling." Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1231
Topic: Entertainment
Price: $175.00

John Tillman Lampkin Cut Signature

Cut Signature. 2 ¼” x 1”. JOHN TILLMAN LAMPKIN, (1811-1870). Mississippi Congressman and secessionist. Some tape that slightly affects Lampkin’s signature
Catalog: # AM-1635
Topic: Civil War
Price: $35.00

John Treadwell As Witness To A Will “I recommend my Soul to God…my body I commend to dust”

JOHN TREADWELL (1745-1823) Statesman. Elected a member of the legislature in 1776, and continued to take part in it until 1785, when he was appointed a member of the governor’s council. He sat in the Continental congress from 1785 to 1786. He later became judge of probate, of the Supreme Court of errors and judge of the court of common pleas. He was one of eight state representatives that ratified both the Constitution of the United States in 1788, and of the convention, thirty years afterward, that formed the state constitution. In 1809-’11 he was governor of Connecticut... Document Signed “John Treadwell.” 1808. 2 pp. will of Abel Thomson of Farmington: “I recommend my Soul to God who gave it…my body I commend to dust whence was taken…Unto my beloved wife Sibil I give…all my household goods…half my farming tools…” Thomson goes on to bequeath his possessions to his sons & daughters with great detail. John Treadwell signs as witness with Mary Treadwell and Patience Hotchkiss. 7 ¾” x 13”. Soiling, some spots of splotched foxing, fold separations repaired with archival tape, overall condition good.
Catalog: # AM-0102
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $300.00

John Trumbull Signs an Appointment of Mathew Talcott To Serve As Major In The "Sixth Regiment of Horse and Foot" In The Colony Of Connecticut

 TRUMBULL, JONATHAN

Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785). Wartime governor of Connecticut; Close friend of George Washington. DS. 1 page. 15" x 10". New Haven, November 4, 1774. Trumbull appoints a Matthew Talcott a Major in the Colony Cavalry; “ Whereas you are appointed tby the General-Assembly of said colony to be Major of the sixth regiment of horse and foot; in said colony; reposing special trust and confidence in you loyalty, courage, care, and good conduct; I do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be Major of the said regiment; you are therefore to take the said regiment into your care and charge as their Major, and carefully and diligently to discharge that care and trust in ordering and exercising of them both officers and soldiers in arms, according to the rules and discipline of war, keeping them in good order and government and commanding them to obey you as their major for his Majesty’s service, and they are commanded to obey you accordingly...."

Jonathan Trumbull is famous for his position as Governor of Connecticut both before and after the Revolutionary War. Known for his enormous levels of support for George Washington, Washington once called him “the first of the patriots.” Trumbull also served as the Continental Army Paymaster General in 1778. Due to unforeseeable family events, Trumbull was forced to retire early. However, he demanded that the remainder of his pay be distributed to the soldiers of the Continental Army. A fine Colonial military commission boldly signed by Trumbull. Clean center fold split professional restored. Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1831
State: Connecticut
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $1250.00

John Tyler ALS Concerning An Appointment at Perth Amboy, New Jersey

John Tyler (1790 – 1862). 10th President of the United States. ALS.1 ¼ page. 4 ½” x 7”. No place. No date.Written on both sides of a single sheet. Tyler writes concerning an appointment; “Mr. Spencer will send up a commission for Mr. Runton – and it becomes indespensibly necessary to appoint Brinley in place of Smith at Perth Amboy. You can give Smith any ( ) or favor you please and I will if possible fulfill them.” Signed at the conclusion.
Catalog: # AM-3411
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $950.00

Jonathan Armour

(1863-1927). Industrialist and son of Philip D. Armour, the founder of Armour and Company. Manuscript Letter Signed, “J.O. Armour,” on his name-imprinted stationery. One page, 5” x 7 7/8”. Chicago. June 1, 1891. Addressed to MR. W.F. Burrell, New Market Block, Portland, Oregon.” With red “RECEIVED Room NO. 12 New Market Block June 6 9 PM 1891 PORTLAND OREGON” Stamp. Armour writes to thank Burrell for photographs taken while in Mexico. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0018
State: Illinois
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Joseph Habersham, 3rd Postmaster General Of The United States Concerning Impropriety In The Postal Service

JOSEPH HABERSHAM (1751-1815) American businessman, politician, soldier in the Continental Army, delegate to the Confederation Congress, and third U.S. Postmaster General. Autograph Letter Signed, “Jos Habersham.” Two page. General Post Office, Philadelphia. December 10, 1799. With integral address leaf, postmark cut out, bearing “Free” stamp. But no franking signature. Habersham writes to “James S. Guignard D. PM of Columbia So. Carola”: “Sir, The regulations of the Post Office do not admit of you sending any letters to be delivered by the Post Rider in Charleston. If any letters for Charleston are after you have closed your mail they should be given to the Post Rider who is required by Law to take charge of them and deliver them to the Post Master of the first office he may arrive at for each letter so delivered the Post Rider is allowed one cent. The Post Master rates such letters agreeably to the distance they are conveyed adding one cent to the rate of postage on each letter know you by this conveyance such claims as you have written for Mr. Sibley is fined for one of the failures mentioned in yours of the 26th ulto which I have just received. The circumstance relative to Mr. Shelby;s letter are certainly very serious. I am inclined to suppose that the money from some cause or another was not inclosed in the letter when it was deposited at the Post Office in Charleston I hope the steps taken to bring this dark transaction to light will prove successful though it is very difficult to come at truth on such occasions. If you will remind me of it the next Post Bills shall have your office and name printed on them as it will save you a good deal of trouble writing them.” An interesting piece of early U.S. Postal Service history. Superb postal procedure content written just at the end of the 18th century.
Catalog: # RN-151
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Business
Price: $750.00

Joseph Hume

JOSEPH HUME (1777–1855). English politician and reformer. Signed leaf. 4 ½” x 7 ¼”. “Joseph Hume”. Also signed by Lady Wade. Two horizontal folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0866
Topic: Free Franks
Price: $50.00

Josiah James Evans Free Frank

Josiah James Evans (1786 –1858). U.S. Senator From South Carolina. Free Frank on Cut Panel. 5 ¼” x 3” “Free Josiah J. Evans, U.S.S.” Addressed to Henry C. Freeman, Esqr., Cincinnati, Ohio. Corners are round from trimming.
Catalog: # AM-1613
State: South Carolina
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $30.00

Junius Spencer Morgan

JUNIUS SPENCER MORGAN (1813-1890) American financier and banker. Autograph Letter Signed, "J.S. Morgan," on 22 Old Broad Street, London E.C. letterhead. One page, 8" x 10". London. October 20, 1881. Morgan writes to the Merchants National Bank, in part: " .. We beg to advise that we send Messrs Drexel, Morgan & co for your account by this mail Inspector's Certificate ... referred to in our letter of 15th inst. ... " Usual folds. Else Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1135
Topic: Business
Price: $750.00

Kate Field

(1838 - 1896). Journalist; Author; Lecturer; Actress. A prolific activist, Field involved herself in numerous causes, among them, temperance and Hawaiian annexation. ADS on paper mounted to an album page measuring 6 3/4" x 4" overall. “Union Square Theatre, Feb. 21 - 8 p.m. 2 reserved seats. Kate Field”. Fine
Catalog: # AM-1637
Topic: Literary
Price: $45.00

King Victor Emanuel E Of Italy Signs A Document

 KING VICTOR EMMANUEL II OF ITALY
King Victor Emanuele of Italy. DS. 1 page. 9 3/4" x 14 1/4". Italy. September 13, 1874. A document signed by King Victor Emmanuel of Italy. It appears to be some type of award document. The overall condition is fine with light staining and a large, dark signature.
Catalog: # AM-0304
Topic: Political/World Leaders
Price: $125.00

Lafayette S. Foster Check

Norwich National Bank Check Signed by LAFAYETTE S. FOSTER (1806-1880) American politician and lawyer. Foster served in the U.S. Senate and on the Connecticut Supreme Court. 8” x 2 3/4” Norwich. April 1874. "Pay Town Tax or Bearer, Four hundred & seventy, 60/100 Dollars." Signed by Lafayettes Foster. Punch cancelled
Catalog: # AM-1434
State: Connecticut
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $45.00

Lafayette Sabine Foster

 FOSTER, LAFAYETTE SABINE
LAFAYETTE SABINE FOSTER (1806 –1880) was a nineteenth-century American politician and lawyer from Connecticut. He served in the United States Senate from 1855 to 1867 and was a judge in the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1870 to 1876. ADS 1pp. 7" x 2 1/4". Norwich. Aug. 27, 1853. An autograph check signed “L. F.S. Foster”. The “Merchants’ Bank, Norwich” check paid “Backlin Matthewson or Bearer, sixty-two Dollars”. There is one slight cut cancellation but it is fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0994
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $50.00

Land Indenture Signed By Commodore Robert F. Stockton

Robert F. Stockton (1795 – 1866). Naval Commodore. DS. 27 ½” x 33”. October 28, 1854. Lnad Indenture for property in Philadelphia signed twice by Stockton along with a William Wharton and Hannah Hollingsworth. Two large vellum sheets tied together. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1532
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Naval History
Price: $245.00

Lansing Stout Free Franked Envelope

Lansing Stout (1828 - 1871). U.S. Senator From Oregon. Free Franked Envelope.7 ¼” x 3 ¾”. “L. Stout, M.C.” Addressed to George P. Moore, Ednay, Pocahontas Co., Virginia
Catalog: # AM-1611
State: Oregon
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $35.00

Legendary Filmaker Cecil B. De Mille Discusses The Difficulties In Financing Religious Movies

Cecil B. De Mille (1881 – 1959). Film producer and director most famous for his films based on the bible including The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, The King of Kings and others. TLS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 11”. Hollywood, July 16, 1936. To Walter F. Ellis, “Replying to your letter of June 29th in which you state the Dr. Jame Henry Larson has approached you with a view to interesting you in the production of religious subjects: The pictures of this type that I have made have been very satisfactory both ethically and financially; but with each one, I have experienced great difficulty in obtaining financing from the major distributing companies that handle our pictures. In spite of the happy results obtained from making pictures of this type, there is, nevertheless, a strong prejudice from the producing companies against any picture with a religious motive. There are several great subjects that I wish to produce, and when Dr. Larson approached me with the suggestion that he help in the scenario work of a production on the subject, PAUL, for which he believed he could obtain the financing, I told him that I would be interested. Such Pictures as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and THE SIGN OF THE CROSS have thoroughly demonstrated the world-wide interest that exists in the filming of religious subjects.” The version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS de Mille is referring to was the first, released in 1923. The SIGN OF THE CROSS was released in 1932. A fine letter revealing some of the early difficulty he encountered with his early religious films. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3430
Topic: Entertainment
Price: $575.00

Leland Stanford Signs A Check

 STANFORD, LELAND
LELAND STANFORD. DS. 1pp. 7 3/4" x 2 3/4". San Francisco. 14 June 1872. A "Bank of California" check signed "Leland Stanford". He paid himself "One hundred Dollars". The piece has one small cut cancellation that does not affect the signature and is in extremely fine condition.
Catalog: # W1-0058
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $1400.00

Levi Lincoln Jr. Cut Signature

Levi Lincoln Jr. (1782 - 1868).American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. Served as governor and in the congress. Cut signature. 3 1/4" x 1 1/4". Mounted to a larger sheet with an engraved portrait measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" overall. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3035
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $50.00

Lincoln Legal Fragment with two “Lincoln” Autographs

Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865). Sixteenth President of the United States. Fragment of a legal manuscript. Signed twice “Lincoln”. 8” x 6”. Portion of a larger legal document within the future president pens “Issac & gomben as above by agreement, Broadwell fr.q, Lincoln fr. D.” Also signed at the conclusion for the firm “Harris & Lincoln, deft. Attornies”. All other portions are in another hand. A nice affordable Lincoln in Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3404
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $2750.00

Lockheed Aircraft Company Stock Signed By Allan Loughead

1929. 100 shares of the Lockheed Aircraft Company. Green. Founded in 1926 by Allan Loughead and his brother Malcolm, the company was bought by Detroit Aircraft Corporation in 1929, only to have the parent corporation file for bankruptcy in 1932. During that same year, banks Robert and Courtland Gross bought Lockheed’s assets and revived the company’s business with the Electra, a twin-engined all metal airliner. The advent of World War II began the company’s business as a defense contractor by beginning with the P-38 Lightning bomber and continues as a primary contractor for U.S. defense aircraft as Lockheed Martin Corporation. Allan Loughead (1889 - 1969) legally changed his last name to Lockheed in order that its spelling would match its pronunciation. He worked throughout World War II in aircraft design and development. Once when asked what he did during the early days of aviation, an elderly Lockheed responded “I survived”. This piece offers a rare opportunity to acquire this legendary aviation pioneer on an important stock. Uncancelled and EF
Catalog: # SB-4695
State: Nebraska
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $1900.00

Lou Henry Hoover Signed Card

Lou Henry Hoover (1874 – 1944). First Lady of the United States as wife of Herbert Hoover. Card Signed. 3 ½” x 2 ¼”. On imprinted Stanford University card. “Lou Henry Hoover”. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3418
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $125.00

Louis F. Swift Signs An Agreement With The Maine Central Railroad

 SWIFT, LOUIS F.
LOUIS SWIFT. DS. 2pp. 8 1/2" x 14". April 27, 1912. A partly printed agreement signed "L F Swift" between Swift and the Maine Central Railroad to have additional railroad track built at the end of the so-called "Armour track". It is in fine condition with two rust marks at top and one rust mark at bottom from paper clipping; they do not affect the signature.
Catalog: # AM-0597
Topic: Business
Price: $250.00

Louis McLane

 McLANE, LOUIS
ALS. 2pp. 8” x 10. Washington. July 22 1820. An autograph letter signed “L. M’Lane” as a Congressman to “William Whitesides” of Philadelphia: “In consequence of my absence from home I did not receive your favor…until some time after its date, and it has escaped me, in the multiplicity of other engagements until now. Under these circumstances, I hope you will excuse my inattention, in this instance. As you intimated in your letter, when you forwarded me Mr: Reynold’s note, that you were not anxious for an immediate suit, I was prevailed upon, by his solemn appearance of payment, to delay any proceeding until our full court had passed over, and my absence at Washington, during the winter, prevented my attention to the business until this spring…” The letter is in fine condition with dark writing.
Catalog: # AM-0985
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Louis McLane Writes To Subscribe To The Iconographic Encyclopedia

 McLANE, LOUIS
LOUIS MCLANE (1786-1857) American lawyer and politician. McLane served as U.S. Representative and Senator from Delaware, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Secretary of State, Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Autograph Letter Signed, “Louis McLane.” One page, 7 3/4” x 9 7/8”. Annapolis. March 9, 1851. McLane writes, in part: “I wish to subscribe in the name of Louis McLane Tiffany for the ‘Iconographic Encyclopedia,’ described in the enclosed prospectus and I hope you will so far oblige me as to direct it through some of your New York correspondents … For that purpose, I enclose you a check for $25, which will be in advance of the entire subscription …” Usual folds. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1424
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $125.00

Lucy Hayes Signed Card

Lucy W. Hayes (1831 – 1889). First Lady of the United States as wife of Rutherford B. Hayes. Card Signed 3 ¼” x 2 ¼”. “Lucy W. Hayes”. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3416
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $150.00

Major General During the American Revolution, William Smallwood

William Smallwood (1732 – 1792). Major general during the American Revolution, governor of Maryland. Signature with rank cut from a larger document. 4 ¾” x 1”. W. Smallwood, M.G.” Mounted to a portrait of Smallwood measuring 5 ¼” x 7 ½” overall.
Catalog: # RN-121
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $450.00

Major General Erasmus Weaver

Erasmus Weaver. Chief of Coast Artillery during World War I. TLS. 1 page. On imprinted Coast Artillery Division, Washington letterhead. To Major Alston Hamilton; “I want to express to you, in a personal way, the very great gratification and pleasure it gave me to see the splendid condition of the Coast Artillery troops in the Inaugural Parade. It was a matter of general comment in my vicinity that our troops were the most soldierly, the trimmest, and showed the best discipline of any troops in the column. Very Truly yours, E. M. Weaver”.
Catalog: # AM-0086
Topic: World War I
Price: $125.00

Major General John E. McMahon

JOHN E. MCMAHON: Major General in World War I. commanded the 5th Infantry Division in the Great War. Autograph Letter Signed. n.p. n.d. One pp. 4 1/2” x 7”. On “the Autograph Collection of Howes Norris Jr.” letterhead: “I bear witness to the dauntless spirit of the American soldier” Jno. E. McMahon, Major General Commdg 5th Division”. Accompanied by large newspaper rotogravure of his image. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1657
Topic: World War I
Price: $125.00

Marcus R. Vedder Applies To Be A Naval Surgeon For The Union During The Civil War

Application submitted to the Naval Examining Board for a position as Assistant Surgeon. 4 pages. June 3, 1861. Vedder provided detailed answers to 6 of the 8 questions presented to him concerning subjects such as the “pathological anatomy of Pneumonia” and the “formation of the shoulder joint”. Vedder left two questions unanswered
Catalog: # AM-1078
Topic: Civil War
Price: $225.00

Mark Wayne Clark Signed Check

 CLARK, MARK
MARK WAYNE CLARK (1896-1984) American General during World War II. Clark’s personal check #4462 accomplished in Clark’s hand and Signed “Mark W. Clark.” September 14, 1971. Stamp cancellation affects Clark’s signature. Overall Extremely Fine. This item has been encapsulated by PASS-CO, LLC and is accompanied by a Certified Silver PASS.
Catalog: # AM-1248
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $175.00

Marriage and Dower Indenture Signed by Revolutionary War General Otho H. Williams

Otho Holland Williams (1749 - 1794) Brigadier General from Maryland during the Revolutionary War. DS. 12 1/2” x 15”. August 8, 1774. “This Indenture Tripartite made this Eighth day of August in the Year our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and seventy four Between Stephen Rensbergh of Frederick County and province of Maryland Farmer of the one part and Ursula Little of the County and Province aforesaid of the second part and Michael Little of the same County and Province (?) of the third part Witnesseth that in Consideration of a Marriage…between the said Stephen Rensbergh and the said Ursula Little” Signed at the lower left corner by Williams. Some archival tape repair on verso along a couple of fold separations.
Catalog: # AM-1587
State: Maryland
Topic: Early America
Price: $450.00

Mary Dana Shindler ALS

Mary Dana Shindler (1810 – 1883). American writer. Wrote under the name M. S. B. Dana “Her writing includes poetry, novels, essays on religion and spiritualism, and, most importantly, Letters Addressed to Relatives and Friends Chiefly in Reply to Arguments in Support of the Doctrine of the Trinity (1846), which traces her conversion from Calvinism to Unitarianism.” (novelguide.com). ALS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 10”. Orangeburg, Jan. 17, 1848. To Rev. S. Gilman, D.D. “My dear Friend, I received your letter on Friday or Saturday, and, as I hope so soon to see you, and am somewhat pressed for time, will only write to assure you that nothing could afford me greater pleasure than to receive you at my own fireside, and I hope that you will not limit your visit to so short a time as you mentioned in your letter, but will pass the greater part of the week with me, or longer, if you can be absent on the Sabbath. A part of my time will be necessarily occupied with the duties I have daily to perform, but I will manage to have leisure enough to have a good many interesting conversations with you, on the strength of which I hope to exist for some time to come. Human sympathy is so necessary for me, that I can scarcely exist without it. With kind regards to dear Mrs. Gilman and the family. I am yours affectionately, M. S. B. Dana.” An added P.S. at the bottom flows vertically along the left margin; “I will have the books ready for you to take down with you. Let me know on what day you will arrive, and I will have the carriage at the depot for you.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1579
State: South Carolina
Topic: Literary
Price: $125.00

Maryland Governor Enoch Lowe ALS

Enoch Louis Lowe (1820 – 1892). Governor of Maryland. Supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. ALS. 1 ¼ pages. Two sides of a single sheet. 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. To R. B. French, esq. Annapolis, January 5, 1853. “Your polite note inviting myself & staff to attend the celebration of the 8th inst. was received to day. I had previously received an invitation from the entire committee with a private note attached by Mr. Hoover, to which I could not reply before this evening in consequence of the very pressing nature of my official duties for several days past.” “As I informed Mr. Hoover, I have not been out of the house for four weeks, to day, having suffered severely from an affection of my eyes. Tomorrow I will venture out for the first time. I have positively promised the President & Secretary of the B & O R.R. Company to accompany them to Wheeling on Monday next if my condition does not forbid it. That promise I am the more anxious to fulfill for the reason that I disappointed the President & Board on a similar occasion last year.” “The Legislature has likewise accepted and invitation to make a trip of observation and it would be well for me to do so, if my health allows. To go to Washington on Saturday would be to risk too much. I hope therefore that my friends will excuse my absence, and accept my cordial acknowledgements for their kind attention. With great esteem, Yr. obt. Servt. & friend, E. Louis Lowe”. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1621
State: Maryland
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $90.00

Massachusetts and New Jersey Colonial Governor Francis Bernard

Francis Bernard (1712 – 1779). Colonial Governor of Massachusetts and New Jersey. Cut signature. 3” x 1”. “Francis Bernard”. Nice bold signature. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-205
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $225.00

Massachusetts Senator Frederick Gillett Honors Abraham Lincoln

Frederick H. Gillett (1851 – 1935). Congressman and Senator from Massachusetts, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1919 – 1925. Portrait with inscription honoring Abraham Lincoln. 6” x 9”. Washington, Sept. 15, 29. “Lincoln is a by word in every house for liberty, equality & the ideals of true Americanism. Fred. H. Gillett”. A nice tribute to Lincoln while serving as a senator. Couple of light folds. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1506
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $175.00

Medal Of Honor Winner

EUGENE B. FLUCKEY. Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient. Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force from 1964 – 1966. DS. 1 page. August 1, 1991. Partly-printed bank check drawn on Signed bank payable in the amount of “$15.00 to disabled American Veterans". In excellent condition.
Catalog: # CK-0129
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $25.00

Member of Honor Recipient and Union General Charles Henry Tompkins Signed Photograph

Charles Henry Tompkins (1830 - 1915). Union Army colonel, later breveted Brigadier General who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Fairfax Court House in 1861. This was the first time a Union officer would receive the award. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln was awarded the grade of brevet brigadier general. He continued his service to the military after the Civil War was over. Signed Photograph. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". In an early, period oval frame. Inscribed and signed on verso; "For my old and esteemed friend Capt. Watson Freeman, Chas. H. Tompkins, Bvt. Brig. General, U.S. Army. March 9, 1898". Fine.

Catalog: # AM-3009
Topic: Civil War
Price: $350.00

Merchant Benjamin Altman Signs A Check

 ALTMAN, BENJAMIN
BENJAMIN ALTMAN. DS. 1pp. 8" x 2 3/4". New York. Nov. 8th 1905. A "Chemical National Bank" check signed by noted merchant Benjamin Altman. He paid "Philip Lich $24.75". The piece is in fine condition and an unobtrusive cut cancellation affects nothing.
Catalog: # AM-0190
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Merchant Bernard Gimbel TLS

 GIMBEL, BERNARD
BERNARD GIMBEL. TLS. 1pp. 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". New York. June 12, 1919. A typed letter signed "Bernard F. Gimbel" on his personal letterhead. The businessman wrote to "Jason Rogers Esq., c/o The Globe": "Beg to acknowledge with thanks your letter of recent date advising me that you are mailing under separate cover a copy of your new book 'Building Newspaper Advertising.' I am looking forward to reading this book because I know your vast experience makes you an authority on this subject. The next time you expect to be in the neighborhood, telephone and we will take luncheon together." The letter is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0502
Topic: Business
Price: $575.00

Missouri Governor And Confederate General Sterling Price Signs Some Missouri Bonds

 PRICE, STERLING
Sterling Price. DS. 1pp. 11" x 12 1/2". Missouri. April 15, 1853. A $1,000 State of Missouri bond signed by Sterling Price as Governor. The piece and six coupons have been glued down to a larger sheet. There is one punch cancellation through Price's signature, and the overall condition is very good.
Catalog: # AM-0315
Topic: Civil War
Price: $295.00

Moltke The Elder

HELMUTH KARL BERNHARD GRAF CO MOLTKE (1800-1891) German soldier. Moltke served as chief of staff for the Prussian Army for thirty years, and is widely regarded as one of the great military strategists of his time. Partially Printed Document Signed, “ H. v. Moltke.” One page, 7” x 4 1/4”. Berlin. May 28, 1873. The document grants permission to take a volume out of the Reichstag Library. Document affixed to cardboard backing. Else Very Good.
Catalog: # AM-1439
Topic: Miscellaneous
OUT OF STOCK

Moonwalker Jim Irwin Signed Check

 IRWIN, JAMES
JAMES IRWIN. DS. 1pp. 6" x 2 3/4". Colorado Springs. 15 Sept. 1984. A check signed by JAMES IRWIN and completely engrossed by him. The check has stamp cancellations that barely touch the Irwin signature but affect little. It is in fine condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0051
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $175.00

Morgan Signs A Dividend Declaration Document Twice As Attornery For Stockholders Of The Oswego & Syracuse RR

 MORGAN, J. PIERPONT
DS. 1 page. August 20, 1863. 13 3/4” x 9 1/2”. Partly-printed Declarartion of Dividends payable for shareholders of the Oswego & Syracuse RR Co. J. Pierpont Morgan has signed twice as attorney for shareholders indicating his receipt of dividends on their behalf. Small loss of corner at lower right not affecting anything. A nice, early Morgan signed document. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1254
State: New York
Topic: Business
Price: $1250.00

Morgan Signs A Stock Proxy For A Board Of Directors Election In The Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad Co. As Attorney For George Peabody & Company

 MORGAN, J. PIERPONT
DS. One page, 7 7/8” x 6 3/4”. Partly-printed proxy appointing James Tinker as attorney for George Peabody & Company in which Tinker is appointed to serve as “attorney and agent for me and in my name, place and stead to vote as my proxy at any election of the Directors of the Syracuse,Binghampton& New York R.R. Co. Signed by J. Pierpont Morgan for George Peabody as his attorney. Wonderful association of George Peabody and J Pierpont Morgan just 1 1/2 years after Civil War. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1271
State: New York
Topic: Business
Price: $1250.00

Nathaniel Cobb Deering

(1827-1887). Congressman. S 4 ¾” x 7 ½”. . n.d. A signature “N.C. Deering. Osage. Iowa” on a page
Catalog: # AM-1640
State: Iowa
Price: $39.00

Naval Appointment Signed by President John Tyler

John Tyler (1790 – 1862). 10th President of the United States. DS. 1 page. 11 ¼” x 8”. Tyler appoints “William K. Mayo …a Midshipman in the Navy of theUnited States, from the 18th October, 1841.” A bold signature of Tyler as president. Countersigned by Secretary of the Navy David Henshaw. Backed to another sheet. Some foxing.
Catalog: # AM-3428
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1750.00

Navy Secretary James Dobbin Signed Letter

 DOBBIN, JAMES C.
JAMES DOBBIN. LS. 1pp. 7 3/4" x 9 3/4". Navy Department. August 15, 1856. A letter signed "J. C. Dobbin" as Secretary of the Navy. He wrote to "Maj. George F. Lindsay Quartermaster Marine Corps": "In the communication addressed to you...in relation to the claim of Creevy and Farwell, you were directed 'to inform the Department why Capt. Sutherland was not furnished at the proper time with the necessary funds for the payment of the claim, and also state the time when the funds were furnished him for the purpose.' Your reply does not meet that point, and your attention is specifically called to it. An early answer is desired." The letter is in fine condition with white paper and dark ink.
Catalog: # AM-0247
Topic: Naval History
Price: $145.00

New Jersey Congressman Isaac G. Farlee Signed Card

Isaac Gray Farlee (1787 – 1855). U.S. Congressman from New Jersey. Signed Card. 3 ¼” x 2”. “Isaac G. Farlee, N.J.” Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1592
State: New Jersey
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $20.00

New Jersey Senator Edward Edwards Writes A Detailed Letter Concerning the Expansion of the United States Navy and The Non Proliferation of War

Edward I. Edwards (1863 – 1931). American politicition, U.S. Senator and Governor of New Jersey. TLS. 2 pages. 8” x 10 ½”. On imprinted letterhead of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. An exceptional letter in which the New Jersey Senator writes to Mary W. Coles, the president of the New Jersey Women’s Christian Temperance Union discussing the expansion and development of the United States Navy and America’s need for readiness in the event of future conflicts. “I am very glad to have your letter of the 25th instant giving me the views of the W,C.T.U. of Moorestown, New Jersey, in regard to the proposed naval expansion by our Government.” “As a member of the Senate naval Affairs Committee I have given some thought to our naval policy in the matter of increased sea armament, and have concluded that in the absence of specific agreement among the great Powers of the World for the renunciation of war it is necessary that Uncle Sam maintain navy capable of defending its commerce against any other nation on earth.” “It is not my belief that the present administration in recommending a seven hundred and eighty million dollar naval construction program, is doing so with any thought of competing with Great Britain, France and Japan, but rather that it is thinking only of American safety and American independence.” “ You know and I know that if any great war should break out it would be impossible for America to remain neutral. This fact was demonstrated beyond peradventure during the late world war. Even the rules of international law were ignored and swept aside, and any nation which wished to remain secure in its independence was compelled to be prepared both on land and sea. The United States has never yet been an aggressive nation nor has she provoked or instituted war in the interest of imperialism or world conquest. But she must be prepared to resist any such attempt on the part of one or more of the Great Powers and to be prepared she must have a navy second to none in the civilized world.” “I doubt if there is any member of the United States who is more deeply interested in the contracting of friendly accords between the United States and foreign powers than am I. For instance, I believe that the Briand proposal to outlaw war between the United States and France is a most excellent beginning, and I feel that if finally agreed to by both nations it would establish a precedent which would have a more beneficial effect on the bringing about of ultimate universal peace than will the World Court foe the Locarno pact.” “In short the renunciation of War by the United States or any of the Great Powers will not mean that War is forever abolished unless and until major Powers are prepared to defent their rights and independence with sufficient force both on land and sea.” During the aftermath of World War I, relations between the United States and France became heavily strained. French foreign minister Aristade Briand proposed a treaty outlawing war between the two nations. The resulting Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed on August of 1928 by 15 nations, soon to be followed by 60 more. While events of the 1930’s and 40’s exposed the weaknesses of the treaty, it remains in force today and is formally known as the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War.
Catalog: # AM-1522
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $275.00

New York Colonial Governor James DeLancey ALS

James DeLancey (1703 – 1760). Colonial governor, lieutenant governor and chief justice of New York. ALS. 1 page. 6 ½” x 8”. New York, 29 July 1755. To Governor Hopkins (Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island), “Sir, the inclosed I received yesterday evening from Virginia by Capt. Luckling of his Majesty’s sloop of War Jamaica, it sails this week for Hallifax. I am Sir, Your most humble servant, James De Lancey.” Earlier in the month, De Lancey had attended a governors council in Virginia to develop Colonial defense plans with General Edward Braddock against the French. This letter would appear to be following up that meeting with information from Virginia relative to the defense plans. A nice association of the two governors. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-164
State: New York
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $750.00

Nicholas Biddle Signs A Proxy For A Railroad!

NICHOLAS BIDDLE (1786-1844). Banker; Financier. Biddle completed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of thirteen, and graduated valedictorian from the College of New Jersey at Princeton when he was fifteen. His studies were concentrated on the classics, giving him expertise which he put to good use when he traveled extensively in Europe. He also studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1809. Biddle's scholarship and political connections were largely responsible for his being appointed president of the Second Bank of the United States, serving in that position from 1822-1836. During his tenure as President of the Bank, he managed it wisely and fostered a pattern of prudent growth. However, the 1832 Presidential election brought him into direct confrontation with President Andrew Jackson who, in his inaugural address brought into question the bank's ability to create and maintain a sound and uniform currency. Biddle's reaction was an unsuccessful attempt at rechartering the bank four years prior to the charter's expiration date. Upon expiration of the Bank's charter in 1836, Biddle rechartered it in Pennsylvania, serving the same function as the old bank. He served as its president from 1836-1839, at which time he entered retirement. Document Signed, “C. Biddle.” One page, 8 1/8” x 10 5/8”. No place. April 14, 1842. The document reads, in part:

“Know all men by these presents that I Nicholas Biddle do hereby constitute & appoint Edward D. Ingraham Esq. my true and lawful attorney & proxy to vote at all meetings of the Philad Wilmington & Baltimore Rail Road Company, such number of votes as I may be entitled to in consequence of the stock standing in my name … ” Very Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1056
Topic: Business
Price: $475.00

NY State Secretary Christopher Morgan Writes About Whig Politics & Henry Clay For President

1842, New York. ALS. 1 page. CHRISTOPHER MORGAN (1808-1877). Morgan was admitted to the bar and set up practice in Aurora. He was elected as a Whig candidate to the House of Representatives of the 26th US Congress and reelected for a second term, serving from 1839-1843. He was defeated for reelection in 1842. He moved to Auburn, NY in 1843 and set up practice there. Christopher served as New York Secretary of State 1847-1851 and as Superintendent of New York Public Schools 1848-1852. He was elected Mayor of Auburn in 1860 and 1862. He also served as a trustee of the State Lunatic Asylum in Utica.For a zealous devotion to Whig principles and an earnest endeavor to promote the interests of the country, by the adoption of wise and beneficial measures, the Whig members of Congress, desire no higher reward than the approbation of their Whig constituency.

“The violated pleges and broken promises of a perfidious President have ( ) the accomplishment of most of the great measures which were expected on the occasion of the Whigs to power.”

“Though disappointed, the Whigs are not discouraged. They are ready for another contest. Their standard is borne by one against whom ( ) has never dared to breath a suspicion of perfidy. Our great statesman (for Kentucky has no right to claim as exclusively her wone, the common property of the Union) Henry Clay, is now the only candidat of the Whig party for the Presidency and I doubt not that he will be elected by a greater majority of votes than was given to the lamented harrison. If other states falter, New York is pledged to sustain him.”

“The duties of a political convass in my own district prevent an acceptance of your kind and flattering invitation.”

A fine letter with choice political content. Excellent condition
Catalog: # AM-0967
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $200.00

Observations on Certain Documents Contained in No. V & VI of “The History of the United States in 1796 in Which the Charge of Speculation Against Alexander Hamilton, Late Secretary of the Treasury is fully refuted

HAMILTON, Alexander. Observations on Certain Documents Contained in No. V & VI of "The History of the United States For the Year 1796," In Which the Charge of Speculation Against Alexander Hamilton, Late Secretary of the Treasury, Is Fully Refuted. Philadelphia: Printed for John Fenno, by John Bioren, 1797. 37, lviii pages. Marbled boards with gilt leather spine entitling the volume “Hamilton Reynolds Affair”. Hamilton’s notorious affair with Maria Reynolds jepordized his political future and this detailed account in which he admits adultery and blackmail payments while denying his role in financial scandal left him exposed to his political enemies and with little hope of high office in the future. This account was, however, successful in clearing Hamilton of all charges of financial impropriety. Boards and spine fresh and clean. Frontispiece has some paper loss not affecting any text, which has been professionally restored. Evans 32222.
Catalog: #  DN-3
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $750.00

Oliver Ames

OLIVER AMES (1831-1895) U.S. political figure who served as Governor of Massachusetts. Manuscript doucment Signed, "O Ames." One page, 5" x 8". Boston. February 3, 1865. The document acknowledges reciept of twenty thousand dollars on account of Iron Sleeper. Revenue stamp affixed at left. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1186
Topic: Business
Price: $90.00

Oliver Wolcott, Junior, Recommends The Louisiana Delegates

 WOLCOTT, OLIVER Jr.
OLIVER WOLCOTT (1760-1833) United States Secretary of the Treasury and Governor of Connecticut. Autograph Letter Signed, “Oliv. Wolcott.” One page, 7 7/8” x 10”. New York. November 6, 1804. Addressed on integral address leaf to ROGER GRISWOLD [(1762-1812) Governor of Connecticut and U.S. Representative] Wolcott writes: “My Dear Sir, This will be presented to you, by Mr. Peter Sauve, who with his associates Messr. Noel Destrehan & Peter Derbigny, are charged by the People of Louisiana, with a Memorial to Congress, on subjects highly interesting to that country. From sources of information, on which I place implicit reliance, I venture to recommend these Gentlemen to your particular attention, as distinguished in point of character, property and influence: - as men of intelligence and amiable manners, the will recommend themselves, in such a manner, that any observations from me would be superfluous. I have the honor to be with the highest esteem, Dr. Sir you obedt. Servt. Oliv Wolcott.” When the United States took possession of the Province of Louisiana in 1803, the three memorialists mentioned immediately assumed important roles in the nascent government of the Louisiana Territory: Pierre Derbigny was appointed Secretary to the municipal council, and Noel Destrehan and Pierre Sauve were appointed First Adjunct and Second Adjunct, respectively. Despite the political influence these men held in Louisiana, the United States Congress passed a highly unpopular law in 1804 that divided the Louisiana Territory into two parts, The Territory of New Orleans and the District of Louisiana. Even worse, the act explicitly barred the importation of foreign slaves, a severe impediment to territorial growth. In response to these onerous restrictions, Louisiana planters and merchants quickly drafted a petition for the repeal of these restrictive portions of the recently passed act and elected Sauve, Derbigny, and Destrehan to serve as their delegates before Congress. The men proved able delegates, achieving Congressional approval for their petition in March of 1805, and paving the way for Louisiana’s admittance into the Union.
Catalog: # AM-1715
State: New York
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $1250.00

Original Seven Mercury Astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton DS

 SLAYTON, DONALD KENT "DEKE"
DONALD “DEKE” SLAYTON. (1924-1993). American astronaut. Slayton became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He has spent over 216 hours in space on one spaceflight. In 1975, Slayton flew aboard the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The Apollo spacecraft linked up with a Russian spacecraft. The crews of each country spent nine days performing experiments together. Slayton left NASA in 1981.

Document Signed. 10 1/3 pp. n.p. n.d. Commentary on his experiences while training and working during the Mercury 7 period. Entitled "A Job For Everybody," Slayton details the division of responsibilities of each of the seven as they worked through the development of equipment and procedures to be used in the early space flight missions.

He comments "...John Glenn, whose capsule was picked up by a destroyer while he was still inside, tried to crawl out through the top hatch but found it easier to blow the side hatch and come out that way…”

Boldly signed in blue ink at conclusion. Fine example. Accompanied by a signed statement by a colleague of Slayton’s who acquired it, that the manuscript was later incorporated into a book published about the Mercury missions.
Catalog: # AM-0900
Topic: Astronauts
Price: $900.00

Otis Skinner ALS

OTIS SKINNER (1858-1942) American actor best known for his Shakespearean roles. Autograph Letter Signed, “Otis Skinner,” on his Tour of Otis Skinner letterhead. One page, 5” x 8” Chicago. September 27, no year. Skinner writes: “ My dear Miss Kimball: Your letter forwarded from New York is an interesting personal note in the “Bourbon Question” accept my thanks for you pleasant expression. Most truly yours, Otis Skinner.” Usual folds. Come light foxing. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1301
Topic: Entertainment
Price: $75.00

Otto Kahn

An extraordinary letter in which banker OTTO KAHN writes to thank New York Judge George Ingraham for Releasing a presumed German Spy. OTTO KAHN (1867-1934). Investment banker, collector and philanthropist. Typed Letter Signed, “O.H. Kahn,” on Kuhn, Loeb & Co William and Pine Streets New York letterhead. One page, 8 ½” x 10 7/8”. New York. June 30, 1919. To GEORGE L. INGRAHAM. (1847-?) Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. Kahn writes to thank Ingraham for his assistance in securing the release of Mr. Rudolf Hecht. During World War One, Rudolph Hecht, a vice president of the investment banking firm Chandler and Co, Inc., was arrested by agents of the Department of Justice and sent to the internment camp at Ellis Island and then to a prison camp near Fort Oglethorpe, GA. Although the reason for his arrest was not disclosed at the time, it appears likely that Hecht’s prominent position as a former German army officer and his personal friendship with two German attaches expelled from the U.S. as spies played a role in his short-lived interment. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0027
State: New York
Price: $350.00

Paddy Chayefsky Signs On His Personal Letterhead

Paddy Chayefsky (1923 – 1981). American playwright and novelist. 7 ¼” x 10 ½”. Inscription signed to an autograph seeker, on his personal imprinted letterhead. “To Bernard Baker, sincerely yours, Paddy Chayefsky”. Folds. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # WT-05
State: New York
Topic: Literary
Price: $125.00

Partly Printed Account For A Civil War Surgeon And His Black Servant

[Civil War – Union Medical]. Surgeon John H. Janeway – Partly-printed pay document for himself and one black servant. Signed by Janeway as “Brt. Maj. & Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A.” Nov. 1, 1865. Folds. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1468
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

Partly Printed Account For A Civil War Surgeon And His Black Servant

[Civil War – Union Medical]. Surgeon James Simons – Partly-printed pay document for himself, one black and one white servant. Signed by Simons as “Bt. Col. & Surgeon USA, Med. Director, Dept. Va.” Sept. 30, 1865. Folds. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1470
State: South Carolina
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

Partly Printed Account For A Civil War Surgeon And His Black Servant

[Civil War – Union Medical]. Surgeon Timothy Wilcox Partly-printed pay document for himself and a black servant. Signed by Wilcox as “Asst. Surg., US Vols.” Sept. 30, 1865. Folds. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1471
State: Virginia
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

Pass-co Certified James B. Irwin Signed Check

JAMES B. IRWIN (1930-1991) US Astronaut and Air Force Test Pilot. First Bank check for one hundred dollars drawn on the account of Col (Ret) James B. Irwin and Mary E. Irwin and Signed "James B. Irwin." July 26, 1990. This item has been authenticated and encapsulated by PASS-CO.
Catalog: # AM-1224
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $225.00

Pen Used To Sign Senate Bill 216 Into Law Framed With A Signed Statement From Ny Governor Dewey

THOMAS E. DEWEY (1902-1971) Governor of New York and an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidency in 1944 and 1948. Typed Document Signed, “Thomas E. Dewey,” on State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead. The letter reads, in part: “ This is to certify that the pen hereunto affixed was used by me in approving Senate Bill, Introductory Number 219, Printed Number 219, introduced by Mr. Fino, entitled: ‘AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to retirement for accident disability.’ Became a Law April eighth, being chapter 637 of the Laws of 1946 … ” Framed, along with the pen used to sign Senate Bill 219, in an 11” x 17 1/2” frame. Some wear to frame. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1379
State: New York
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $350.00

Pennsylvania Senator James D. Cameron Letter Signed

James D. Cameron (1833 – 1918). U.S. Senator, Secretary of War under U. S. Grant, son of Simon Cameron. LS. 1 page. 5” x 8”. Harrisburg, Pa., May 21, 1877. To D. B. R. Klein; “Please accept my thanks for yours of yesterday, and for the friendship which inspired it. I will be at Wormlys on the 29th inst. At 9 p.m. and will be glad to see you there. Yours truly, J. D. Cameron”. Light mounting traces along left margin. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1495
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

Peter Max Signs A Canadian First Day Cover

 MAX, PETER
Peter Max. SFDC. 6 1/2" x 3 3/4". n.p. n.d. A Canadian first day cover signed by Peter Max in black ink. It is in choice condition.
Catalog: # AM-0327
Topic: Artists
Price: $80.00

Peter Williamson Quartermaster Of The 1st Battalion Of Grenadiers

PETER WILLIAMSON Quartermaster of the 1st Battalion of Grenadiers in the British Army during the American Revolution. Document Signed. 8” x 2 ¾”. “Peter Williamson Qr Mr 1st Battn Grenadiers.” One page. No pace. June 29, 1778. The document reads: “His Majestys first Battallion of grenad To Saml. Leotten To 117 Lights of glass 10 by [?] at 3/9 ₤21.18.9 Peter Williamson Qr Mr 1st Battn Grenadiers” Some light toning and edge wear, Else Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-192
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $350.00

Philemon Dickinson Writes Detailing An Account of the Battle of the Saintes

Philemon Dickinson (1739 - 1809). Brigadier general in the New Jersey militia, Continental Congressman, Senator from New Jersey. Superb ALS. 2 pages. 8 1/4” x 13”. To His Excellency Govr. Livingston in Trenton. “I am this moment arrived home Philada. I being desirous to hold to the joy of the company assembled on the present happy occasion, present your Excellency with the following Intelligence received in town yesterday.” “A gentleman of veracity from Boston, which place he left last Saturday night, read an extract from the Martinique Gazette of the 10th April (in the Boston paper of that day) containing an account of the action in the West Indies, between the French & British Fleets, which lasted three days, very ( ) & bloody. The former had 33 line battleships & the latter 37. de-Grasse threw out a signal for the whole line to engage within Pistol-shot which was instantly obeyed when the greatest slaughter commence that has been known during the wars. The fire of small arms from de Grasse’s tops was never before equaled, being filled with soldiers. The French have lost one ship, the whole convoy safe. De Grasse was attached by 3 ships, two of which he dismasted, & has gained immediate honor.” “The Minister of France told me, he had received an express from the French agent in Boston, informing him, that he had just read a letter from the French agent in Guadalaupe dated 24th April, ordering him to send on with the utmost expedition, all the stores from Newport to St. Domingo, for the use of DeGrasses fleet. I sincerely congratulate your excellency on this interesting intelligence, and have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s most obt. Philemon Dickinson”. “P.S. I am much indisposed, as should have delivered some happy tidings in person. Capt. Barry is arrived form St. Orient. Tis whispered in town that the Spaniards have taken Providence - it surrendered on the 27th April, so says the report.” The Battle of Saintes took place from April 9 – April 12, 1782. The British defeated the same French Fleet that had successfully blockaded the British forces at Yorktown and thwarted a combined French and Spanish attempt at taking Jamaica. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-261
State: New Jersey
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $3500.00

Philo Remington Partly-printed Bank Check

 REMINGTON, PHILO
. PHILO REMINGTON (1816-1889) The son of the founder of the Remington gun company, Philo improved gun production and expanded into the manufacture of typewriters and other products. PPDS. 1 page. 8 1/8” x 3 ½” . Ilion, New York. June 13, 1865. An order to “Pay…nineteen dollars and 25 cents out of the fund appropriated for Incidental purposes in satisfaction of Claim present to the Board of Trustees, on the 5th day of June, 1865. By Order of the Board of Trustees of said Village”. A nice vignette of Washington at left. Boldly signed by Remington at lower right as president. Cut cancelled. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1431
State: New York
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Philo Remington Partly-printed Bank Check.

 REMINGTON, PHILO
PHILO REMINGTON (1816-1889) The son of the founder of the Remington gun company, Philo improved gun production and expanded into the manufacture of typewriters and other products Partially Printed Ilion Bank Check signed “P. Remington,” as president.. 2 3/4" x 7 1/4" Ilion. October 28th 1865. The check reads: “pay to E. Owens Note or Bearer Seven hundred Dollars" Signed by Philo Remington as president. Nice vignette of an arm holding a hammer at left. Cut cancelled. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1430
State: New York
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Pierre S. Dupont Signs An Irving National Bank Proxy Document

 Du PONT, PIERRE S.
PIERRE S. DUPONT. 1920, New York. An "Irving National Bank" proxy document signed by "Pierre S Du Pont" as president of "Du Pont American Industries, Inc." He appointed three men to vote for him at the shareholders meeting. The document is in choice condition overall.
Catalog: # AM-0538
Topic: Business
Price: $345.00

Postmaster General Amos Kendall Als And Free Frank Regarding The Mails

 KENDALL, AMOS
AMOS KENDALL. ALS. 1pp. 8" x 9 3/4". Washington. 2d November 1835. An autograph letter signed "Amos Kendall" and franked "A. Kendall P. M. G." to three men who were all "trustees". The Postmaster General penned: "When...Gregor, the Marshall of Mississippi was here a few weeks ago, he offered to invest for me gratuitously, or cause it to be done, any private means & might derive to have invested in public lands, to a moderate amount. I wish to have made there an investment of that sort, not for speedy sale, but as a permanent provision for the future. By the letter of my agreement with your Company, I am precluded from making any purchases of land on my own account, and altogether the reason for that restriction does not apply to the case, its terms do...". The letter is in fine condition overall with the address leaf still attached.
Catalog: # AM-0106
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $175.00

Potent Patriotic Letter From Charles D. Rhodes With Sage Military Advice

“It stands as one of the wonders of America’s part in the Great War, having in view a struggle of five years duration with a possibility of over 4,000,000 American soldiers in the field.” MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES D. RHODES (1865-1948) Graduated from West Point in 1899 and joined the 6th Cavalry during the Spanish American War. Major General in WWI. Autograph Note Signed. Base Section #2, Bordeaux, France. June 5, 1919. Two pp. 4 1/2” x 7”. On “The Autograph Collection of Howes Norris Jr.” letterhead. The heroic Major General who earned the Distinguished Service Cross provides some sage advice and patriotic sentiments to the noted autograph seeker: “If it were possible I would wish that all American might see this wonderful Military Base, which, with its docks, warehouses, railroads, barracks, camps, warehouses, railroads, barracks, camps, and hospitals, - all constructed within eighteen months by American labor to care for two hundred thousand soldiers; stands as a gigantic monument to American energy, pluck, intelligence, initiative, and resourcefulness. It stands as one of the wonders of America’s part in the Great War, having in view a struggle of five years duration with a possibility of over 4, 000, 000 American soldiers in the field. Probably the very existence of this great reservoir of troops and supplies had an important bearing on Germany’s desire for peace. Charles D. Rhodes, Major General, Commanding.” Four light mounting traces to edges on verso, otherwise Very Fine
Catalog: # AM-1658
Topic: World War I
Price: $295.00

President McKinley Writes to His Longtime Political Supporter and Confidant Mark Hanna Concerning An Upcoming Congressional Nomination

William McKinley (1843 – 1901). 25th President of the United States. ANS. 1 page. 4 ½” x 7”. Washington, December 28, 1900. In Pencil. On Executive Mansion letterhead To Hon. M. A. Hanna; “Will nominate Pittman on conveining of Congress, middle of next week…William McKinley.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3424
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $575.00

Pressing Medical Complaints

Autograph Letter Signed, “A.G. Lane.” Two pages, 7 7/8” x 12”. Russelsburg, Warren Co, Pa January 27, 1860. Lane writes to a Mr. Hiller, in part: “ … I am very anxious to hear from you concerning my complaints and have you send me that paper we talked of.  I will describe my situation as nigh as I can and I want you to show it to Ludlum and see if he ever saw any body in my situation before.  The prostate gland is enlarged a considerable and there is a thick matter in my water.  When I make water some times it is very  clear only the thick chunks of matter that is in it and then some times it is very biley so you can’t go through it at all some like buttermilk only not so white.  I have done every thing used injections and taken every thing but to no purpose it aches very much.  The perineum or to speak more vulgar round the tuch hole and it hurts me to make water. It smarts very much and my groins ache considerable.  I have use a catheter a number of times to see if there was any strictun formed but the doctors here say not but there is plenty of corruption comes out on the catheter.  The holes in it fill full.  You show this to Ludlum and see what he says and write me immediately for I can’t live so long.  I am very anxious to know if there can any thing be done for me for I can’t live so long.  You may think I am foolish but if you was in my situation you would feel as bad as I do.  Don’t fail to write to me and send me that Recpt for it is all the time costing me money here and doing no good.  I have spent over two hundred dollars already and if I can be cured sound over more.  I will give all I have got and don’t you fail to attend to this if you please and if I live I will reward you for it and if don’t I hope heaven will.  You can’t blame me for wanting to get cured and I don’t you to read this and forget it and let that be the last of it.  Tell Ludlum I shall call and see him if I am able to get there in the spring but I am in hopes he can send me word what to take or do so that I shall be able to call on him a well man but I am fearful that will never be for I have about given up all hopes unless some one in that country can help me.  It will be a hard death to die but I shall have to stand it now …” Some separation at folds. Slight paper loss at intersection of lower right folds. Overall Fine. 
Catalog: # AM-1399
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Medical History
Price: $125.00

Printed Shareholders Letter Signed By Josiah Quincy Jr. For Presentation To Pres. Fillmore

JOSIAH QUINCY JR. (1802-1882). American political figure from Massachusetts. Presentation copy of a Printed Booklet, “Letter to the Shareholders of the Vermont Central Railroad,” Inscribed and Signed, “Hon. Millard Fillmore with the respects of Josiah Quincy Jr.” Twenty six pages, 5 5/8” x 9 1/2”. A few pencil notations in margins. Minor edge wear and toning. Else Fine. A nice early railroad item with an unusual association.
Catalog: # AM-1250
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $250.00

Providence Plantation Deed

Document Signed. Three pages, 7 ½” x 12 ½. Warwick and Providence Plantations, Rhode Island. 1807. Docketed Deed. Gideon Manchester, one of the earlier settlers, sells his land to Henry Remington, a Revolutionary War soldier and the son of well-known sea captain Thomas Remington. Signed by Manchester and his wife Elizabeth “her mark.” Nicely penned and in Very Good condition.
Catalog: # AM-1664
State: Rhode Island
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $245.00

Publisher of America’s First Successful Women’s Fashion Magazine

Louis A. Godey (1804 – 1878). Publisher of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s magazine during the 19th century, which was published for 48 years, from 1830 – 1878. It was the first successful American women’s fashion magazine. A rare printed circular soliciting club subscribers for the Lady’s Book. The circular details special rates for multiple subscriptions by clubs as well as additional discount pricing for those consolidating the purchase of the Lady’s Book with Harper’s Magazine and Arthur’s Home Magazine. At the bottom, Godey has penned a note to Joseph Knight; “Dear Sir, I send you with great pleasure my autograph without the ‘Eminent’. Yours Cordially, L. A. Godey, July 21/63”. Folds. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1524
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Women's History
Price: $245.00

Raymond P. Rodgers

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Document Signed, “R.P. Rodgers,” on Commandant’s Office, Navy Yard, Mare Island, Cal. letterhead. One page, 8” x 10”. California. June 18, 1874. The document concerns the shipment of iron aboard the Steamer “City of Panama. Usual folds. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0229
State: California
Topic: Naval History
Price: $200.00

Raymond P. Rodgers ALS

Raymond P. Rodgers ALS 2pp (1 sheet folded, double sided). Measures 7 3/3” x 12 ¼”. Navy Yard, New York July 30, 1883. Letter written to the Admiral by Rodgers requesting leave due to a family illness. The letter reads in part, “…After an illness of more than two months I find my wife’s condition to be such as to give me considerable alarm. For several weeks the one under the care of Dr. Hoehling, in Washington, who finding that her disease did not yield to treatment advised that she should have a change of air and scene. Since her arrival in Orange, N.J. she has become decidedly worse, until her strength and general condition have fallen so low as to cause decided apprehension for her recovery. This ship is about to sail on a voyage which, I understand, will be of some five weeks duration As my wife’s illness during the coming month will certainly be critical I desire to ask that I may be granted a leave of absence from this ship, if this be deemed impossible I should feel obliged to ask for my detachment, a step I should take with the greatest reluctance…” The reply from the Admiral reads: “For the reason stated above, leave of absence of the Tenseness from the United states-Upon the return of the ship to a northern port of the U.S., you will report on board, without delay – Leave your telegraphic address.” Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1484
State: New York
Topic: Naval History
Price: $275.00

Raymond Rogers' Memorandum On The Peruvian Navy

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Autograph “Memorandum on the Peruvian Navy” Unsigned. Four pages, 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Accompanied by a one page 15 3/4” x9 3/4 ledger of armored and unarmored ships of Peru. Rodgers writes, in part: “ ...The Navy of Peru is controlled by the Minister of War and Marine. It is composed of one armored frigate, one single-turret ship, two single-turret monitors, two ...corvettes, four transport and three school ships. The Independencia is an armored frigate of the old type, with moderate protection for the water line and battery ...Her max speed on steam trial yesterday was 12 knots. Her boilers are new. He bow is built for ramming. The hull is of iron and is divided into three water tight compartments ...By far the most formidable ship of the Peruvian Navy is the Huascar ...She carried a single turret ...in which are mounted two 10 ni 12 ton muzzle loading Armstrongs ...The deck is four feet above the water line, and immediately at the bow the side rise about 6 feet above the deck thus forming a small topgallant ...The hull is of iron with double bottoms, and is divided into five water tight compartments. Her armor is backed by 10 inches of teak ...The turret is 30 in diameter, it has 7 inches of armor in immediately front of the guns and five about the remainder ...The turret is turned upon conical iron roller, upon which its base rests ¡¦. The guns can be fired through an arc of 138 ...on her trial April 26th she made between 10 1//2 and 12 knots per hour. The Huascar carried 200 men ¡¦. The Monitors Atahualpa and Mauco Capae were bought in the United States 1867 or 1868. They were then known as the Catawba and Oncota ...The Union is a fine wooden corvette. She and the America (lost in the tidal wave of 68) were built at Nantes, France ¡¦” The accompanying 15 3/4” x9 3/4” table, accomplished in Rodger¡¯s hand, provides the following information for each Peruvian vessel: “Name of Ship,” “Class,” “Material,” “Draught, Forward and Aft,” “Length between perpendiculars,¡¯ “breadth of beam,” “Total displacement, tons,” “ Number & Kind of Guns,” “ Height of Battery above Water,” “Thickness of Armor at water-line,” “Builders,” “Indicated Horse Power,” “ Max Speed, knots per hour,” “Total cost of ship” and “Remarks.” Verso of this table contains a count of Peruvian Naval personnel divided by rank. A great piece of naval history and intelligence gathering during the period preceeding the Pacific War between Chile and Peru. Although the outbreak of this war caught the Peruvian Navy unprepared and outgunned, Peruvian Admiral Grau, the commander of the above examined Huascar ironclad, was able to delay Chilean advances for six months before he was killed and defeated at the Battle of Angamos. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1306
Topic: Naval History
Price: $450.00

Raymond Rogers’ Memorandum On The Chilean Navy

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Autograph “Memorandum on the Chilean Navy” Signed, “R.P. Rodgers.” Seven pages, 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Accompanied by a one page 15 3/4” x9 3/4 ledger of armored and unarmored ships of Chile. Rodgers writes, in part: “ … The Navy of Chile is under the control of a Cabinet Officer … It is composed of two armored central battery ships, four steam corvettes, one steam gun-vessel, and one transport and surveying vessel. The Almivante Cochrane and the Blanco Eucalada, the two armored vessels, were built in England by John Peen & Sons about five years ago. They are broadsided vessels with central batteries. Their guns, of which there are six 12 1/2 ton … so placed to fire around the entire horizon. They are barque rigged, carry a considerable spread of canvas … These ships are built of iron, with double bottoms …. Their batteries are protected on the sides by 7 inches of armor … Their guns are placed in the battery so that two may be fired directly ahead, or so that three may be fired simultaneously on either beam … The guns as before mentioned are 12 1/2 M.dR. Armstrongs, mounted on the Scott carriage, and can be fired by electricity. In addition to their gun power these vessels are built for ramming … Their motor power consists of two pair of two-cylinder … trunk engines … each pair of which drives one of the two screw on the steam trial in England a speed of 12.82 knots … The two ships are identically the same, excepting that the Blanco Euculada is sheathed with zinc … The zinc plates have become so much wasted that it is said she will go to San Francisco to be docked … The General Higgins and Chacabuco, sister ships, were built in England about 12 years ago … Their maximum speed on trial in England was 13 knots, but their boilers are now in such a bad condition that the can make but 8 knots … The Esmeralda is an old vessel, built of wood, and has but little speed … The Covadanga, a small gun-vessel, was captured from the Spaniards in 66, and is now undergoing repairs … There is at present no Naval School. The Cadets are instructed at the Military School in Santiago, and after passing their examination are sent on board ship to learn the practical portion of their profession … The information herein collected was obtained from observations and conversation on board the Chilean men of war, they data given in the table, was gathered from the Office of Mayor-General in Valparaiso or on board the different vessels … ” The accompanying 15 3/4” x9 3/4 table, accomplished in Rodger’s hand, provides the following information for each Chilean vessel: “Name of Ship,” “Class,” “Material,” “Draught, Forward and Aft,” “Length between perpendiculars,’ “breadth of beam,” “Total displacement, tons,” “ Number & Kind of Guns,” “ Height of Battery above Water,” “Thickness of Armor at water-line,” “Builders,” “Indicated Horse Power,” “ Max Speed, knots per hour,” “Total cost of ship” and “Remarks.” Verso of this table contains a count of Chilean Naval personnel divided by rank. A great piece of naval history and intelligence gathering during the period between Chile's war with Spain and the Pacific War between Chile and Peru. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1305
Topic: Naval History
Price: $450.00

Rear Admiral Thomas Slidell Rogers

Thomas Slidell Rogers (1858 – 1931). Naval Officer arising to the rank of Rear Admiral. Signed sheet “T. S. Rodgers, Rear Admiral, U.S.N.” Below, he has added “U. S. S. Utah, New York, Dec. 26, 1918.” Center fold. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0088
Topic: World War I
Price: $45.00

Report For Guards At Fort Hamilton

Manuscript Document. One page, 9 ½” x 7 1/2". No place. June 9, 1812. The document is a “Report of a Guard mounted at Fort Hamilton June 9th 1812.” The document lists six individuals who guarded the barracks and rampart of the fort in two hour shifts from 8 until 2. Some minor paper loss and discoloration. While the cornerstone for Fort Hamilton was not officially laid until 1825, earlier batteries at the sight were in use from the Revolutionary War onward. During the Revolutionary War, a small American battery fired upon British troop ships, damaging the HMS Asia in the process. In the War of 1812, forts in the Narrows outside New York’s harbor played a role in dissuading British forces from moving on New York directly, perhaps saving the city from the destruction Washington, D.C. saw during the conflict. Our research indicates that this report appears to be for the above-mentioned Fort Hamilton, though verification remains difficult in light of the fact that construction of a permanent fort at this sight was not begun until 1825.
Catalog: # AM-1716
State: New York
Topic: War of 1812
Price: $245.00

Revolutionary Era Preacher

SIMEON HOWARD (1733-1804) American preacher, overseer and a fellow of Harvard, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society for Propagating the Gospel. Partly Printed Document Signed, “Simeon Howard Treasr.” Boston 1791. One page, 7” x 6” The document reads, in part: “Received of Nathaniel Appleton, Commissioner of Loan in the Sate of Massachusetts for interest on Stock in the funds of the United States to the 30th of September 1791 ... Amounting to Eleven Dollars Eighty Five cents ... “ This documentation of interest payments on “stock” in the Funds of the United States provides a interesting glimpse into the financial working of the young American nation following the Revolutionary War. Slight toning to edges, not affecting Howard’s bold signature. Else Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0014
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Religious History
Price: $245.00

REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENERAL JAMES CLINTON WRITES CONCERNING NEW YORK LAND

 CALDWELL, ERSKINE

JAMES CLINTON (1736-1812). American Revolutionary War officer, obtained brevet major general in rank. Brother of former U.S. Vice President George Clinton. Father of DeWitt Clinton. Also served in French and Indian War. Original member of New York Society of the Cincinnati. ALS. March the 3rd 1789. 1 page. 8 1/4" x 6 3/4". To Simeon DeWitt, Surveyor General concerning land in New York;  “Sir, I do hereby locate the following lot of land beginning where the North bound of the town of Chemung crosses the the Lattetont Branch of the Oswego Rver and running thence up the Northerly side of the said River northwesterly fifty chains then North about fifty chains then southeasterly fifty chains to the said north bounds of Chemung and then west about fifty chains to the place if beginning so as to contain two hundred acres of land and I do hereby withdraw my location made on the Wall Hill at Montgomery town and apply the class right of two hundred acres left in your hands forth at purpose. 

Catalog: # AM-3306
Price: $500.00

Revolutionary War Pay Roll

CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS FROM RHODE ISLAND Manuscript Document. One page, 15 ½” x 12 ¼”. Sutton. January 15, 1778. “A Pay Roll of Capt. Joseph Sibley’s Company in Col. Danforth Keys Regiment for Bounty due from the Time of Each man Inlisting[sic] Until their service Ending; Excluding three Months Bounty they have Received.” 62 soldiers are listed as members of the company, which was stationed mostly in Providence and Kingston. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1040
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2000.00

Revolutionary War Soldier's Payment Note Benjamin Butler

--The 3rd Connecticut was authorized in September 1776 and organized in early 1777. The regiment was to have eight companies and was to operate in the Connecticut Highland’s Department. After the regiment was re-assigned to the Continental Army, the regiment was heavily involved in the New York Campaign. Following this campaign, the regiment fought in the Philadelphia Campaign and Battle of Monmouth. After the regiment’s battles in Pennsylvania, the group was part of a re-organization and was combine with the 4th Connecticut Regiment. This new group formed a significant portion of the new Connecticut 1st Regiment. The regiment was officially disbanded in 1783 in West Point, New York. --Benjamin Butler served in the Connecticut 3rd Regiment under Colonel Samuel Wyllys. Following Revolutionary War service, Butler became a very prominent and successful merchant. He owned a boat named “Betsey and Nancy” that shipped to the West Indies, especially St. Bartholomew.
Catalog: # AM-3085

Rhode Island Deputy Governor

 JOSEPH WHIPPLE III
JOSEPH WHIPPLE III. DS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 12 ½”. June 25, 1752. Partly-printed bond in which “Joseph Whipple of Newport in the County of Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island am held and firmly bound to Joseph Clark of James Town within the County & Colony aforesaid in the full and just sum of nine hundred forty nine pounds currenc money of the Colony aforesaid Old Tenor…” Some dampstaining. A rare colonial Rhode Island autograph signed while serving as Deputy Governor.
Catalog: # AM-1034
Topic: Political/United States
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Rhode Island Council of War Document Signed by Governor William Greene

William Greene (1731 – 1809) Second Governor of Rhode Island from 1778 – 1786 after it became a state. His father William Greene was Governor of Rhode Island when it was still a British Colony. 7 ¼” x 3 ½”. Manuscript Document Signed by William Greene as Governor of Rhode Island. “State of Rhode Island In Council of War June 25, 1778. Ordered that Wm. Coddington be paid out of the Genl Treasury the Sum of three pounds Twelve shillings Lawfull Money for three days attendance our Council of War. W. Greene Govr.” Age toning, overall fine.
Catalog: # AM-1668
State: Rhode Island
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $300.00

Robert Frost Signed Card

ROBERT FROST (1874-1963) American poet. 5" x 2 1/2" card Signed "Robert Frost Ann Arbor November 1925." Mounted below an image of Frost seated in a chair with his dog. Both items framed to an overall size of 16" x 20 1/2". Frost traveled to Ann Arbor in 1921 after accepting a $5,000 fellowship at University of Michigan. While there, he did not teach, but advised students and gave talks.
Catalog: # DC-28
State: Michigan
Topic: Literary
Price: $575.00

Robert G. Ingersoll

(1833-1899). Lawyer and agnostic; noted lecturer attacking popular Christian beliefs. ALS Full page measuring approximately 10” x 7 ¾”. Washington DC October 24, 1879. To Hon O.P.G. Clarke, Commissioner of Pension, re obtaining a pension for a fried’s sister. Boldly penned, and a superb example.
Catalog: # AM-1632
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

Robert Schenck On Railroad Matters

ROBERT SCHENCK (1809 - 1890). Union general during the Civil War, politician. ALS. 1 page. 8” x 9 ¾”. New York, Jan. 8, 1857. To H. H. Devendorf Esq. Your letter & telegraphic dispatch, addressed to me, respectively, at Boston & here, have been duly received. The note of the Western Air Line R. R. Co. for $5,000 due at the American Exchange Bank in this city on the 8/11 inst. will be paid. It is provided for. The ten bonds of Marshall Co., Ill. which you hold as collateral, I shall find, I presume, with the note. If not, let them be forwarded immediately. Your offer of an extension by renewal, for ten days is declined. It is not worth the trouble to us. I have not claimed that Mr. S. Remington had power” to make a binding engagement of himself for your bank. But I did think that the opinion expressed by him, a director, & himself one of the endorsing parties, & through whom the loan was obtained, that the note would probably be renewed on the same term for another 90 days might be in some degree counted on. However it is not like the case of the $9000, I admit, in which I had communicated to me the positive promise of the offices of the bank to discount & therefore, in this instance, I have no complaint to make. Respectfully yours, Robert C Scheuck.” Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1150
Topic: Civil War
Price: $90.00

Rufus Choate Free Frank Signed Twice

Rufus Choate (1799-1859). U.S. Congressman and Senator from Massachusetts; Lawyer; Orator. 5 ¼” x 3”. Free Frank Address Leaf. Addressed to Mr. Augustus Story, Salem Mass. entirely in Choate’s hand. Signed twice by Rufus Choate, once at top right “Free R. Choate U.S. A. H. R.” and at lower left “office of R. Choate”. Post marked Washington City Dec. 3. Small tear at bottom center. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1684
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Free Franks
Price: $65.00

Rufus Ingals Letter Discussing Preparations For The Peninsula Campaign

 INGALLS, RUFUS
“I only fear there will be too many concerned in it to enable you and Genl. McClellan to fix the responsibility in the right individuals. The plan sent by you should be effectually executed, else there will be delays and complaints...” ALS. 2 pages. 8” x 10”. Annapolis Md. March 4th, 1862. To General M.C. Meigs. Qr. Mr. Genl. U.S. Army, Washington D.C. “The small Propellers “Reindeer” and “volunteer” chartered in Phila arrived here from Washington yesterday. They are small and of very light draft and have not even water on board. They are chartered at $60 per day. Two Schooners also arrived from Tyler, Stone & Co. Phila with 317 tons coal ordered here by Capt. Hodges.” “I have ordered the Propellers to take our coal for 12 or 15 days and also provide water for 500 men between them for 10 days.” “Capt. Hodges writes that the Steamers will not leave New York until Thursday. I do not believe they will leave there sooner than Monday next. He has sent me lists of 24 Barges, 72 Schooners, 52 Propellers and 90 side – wheel Steamers already engaged. Some of them are the Sound boats that will answer our purpose better than any other kind. Capt. Hodges no doubt will do all in his power to cooperate with us in the preparation of this expedition, but it will be an advisable measure to restrict the business to as few persons possible. I only fear there will be too many concerned in it to enable you and Genl. McClellan to fix the responsibility in the right individuals. The plan sent by you should be effectually executed, else there will be delays and complaints. Vessels cannot be fitted out here for so great a fleet. There are no water casks nor tanks. Mr. A.H. Sibley is my agent in New York and Capt. Hodges writes that he is a most efficient and safe man. The supply of forage for depot at Fortress Monroe is shipped and Capt. Hodges is putting on board the transports a sufficient quantity for the voyage. If this be done and provisions and water are also put on board, there need be no delay here. I will keep you fully informed of matters at this point, and trust that all will work well and together.” On February 28, 1862 Lincoln authorized McClellan to procure vessels for his secret invasion of the South, intended to break its backbone and end the war quickly. At the time it was referred to as the “Urbana Expedition”. It later became known as “The Peninsular Campaign.” Just a few days after receiving Lincoln’s authorization, Ingalls here writes to Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs detailing the status of preparations and the procurement of vessels. The massive operation headed south with a flotilla of over 400 vessels transporting more than 100,000 soldiers and equipment for nearly 200 miles to Fort Monroe, Virginia. McClellan operated in such secrecy to the point that even Lincoln was excluded from the planning. The Campaign resulted in a complete disaster and the needless loss of many lives, accomplishing nothing to further the Union War effort. A nice detailed letter which starkly details the military’s lack of ships as they were leasing the vessels for the campaign from private operators. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1028
Topic: Civil War
Price: $900.00

Russell Sage Orders A Dividend Payment Be Made

 SAGE, RUSSELL
Russell Sage (1816-1906) Banker; Financier; U.S. Congressman. As the originator of “put and all options”, Sage greatly changed the way speculators played the stock market. Among America’s most powerful and wealthy bankers, he finance Jay Gould and made a vast fortune on the latter’s stock manipulations. “Sage was on of the shrewdest and most conservative of all great financiers.” (DAB) At one time he is said to have had $27,000,000 out on call loans. At the time of his death he left a fortune worth an estimated $70,000,000. DS 1 page. Troy, August 3, 1854. “Commercial Bank of Troy will pay to the order of A. Cary eleven hundred and fifty dollars, the amount of my dividend and he is hereby authorized to receipt the dividend book for said amount in my name or otherwise. Russell Sage.” Fine
Catalog: # AM-1035
Topic: Business
Price: $275.00

Rutherford B. Hayes Signed Card

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822 – 1893). 19th President of the United States. Card Signed. 3 ¾” x 2 ¼”. “R. B. Hayes”. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3415
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $450.00

Salem Town, Brigadier General In The Massachusetts’ Militia, Accuses A Subordinate Officer Of Neglect Of Duty

Manuscript Document Signed, “Salem Town, Jr. Birg. Genl.” Two pages, 7 3/8” x 8 5/8”. No place. August 17, 1818.The document reads, in part: “ … To his Excellency John Brooks Governor … respectfully complains, Salem Town Jr. Brigadier General of the first Brigade in the Seventh division of the militia of said commonwealth against Samuel Graves Esq. Commandant of a Battalion of Artillery within said brigade for neglect of duty …. The said major Samuel Graves did neglect & refuse during the month of June last, to make a return of the state of the said battalion of artillery under his command … for which neglect of duty, the said Brigadier General Salem Town Jr. prays that the said major Samuel Graves may be put under arrest and held to answer …” Usual folds. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1451
Topic: War of 1812
Price: $125.00

Samuel Jackson & The Bank Of The United States

Autograph Document Signed. Boston, August 3, 1796. 1 page. 10” x 6 ½”: “Received of the Reverend John Murray Eight hundred dollars in Money and Two Shares of the Bank of the United States which is to be sold and the — proceeds with the said Eight hundred dollars to be disposed to the best advantage for his Account…Samuel Jackson.” The Bank of the United States was chartered in 1791 at the urging of Alexander Hamilton andover the objections of Thomas Jefferson. The extended debate over its constitutionality contributed significantly to the evolution of pro- and antibank factions into the first American political parties—the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans, respectively. Old scotch tape applied to outer edge where it had been placed in a scrapbook, slight soiling, otherwise Very Good.
Catalog: # AM-1660
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Banking
Price: $200.00

Samuel Nelson ALS

SAMUEL NELSON (1792-1873) American attorney and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Autgraph Letter Signed, "S. Nelson." Three pages, 5" x 8". Cooperstown. September 17, 1869. Nelson writes, in part: " … We are all glad to find you at home hearty and well. I leave here week from next Monday for New York, but shall be over one night in Albany and be in the city next afternoon ... Annie remains with us for the presetn. She is quite comfortable, but her young child is delicate and feeble ... " Slight tear on third page, not affecting signature. Usual folds. Penned on thin paper with some bleed through. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1144
Topic: Supreme Court
Price: $175.00

Samuel Remington Partly-printed Bank Check

SAMUEL REMINGTON (1819-1892) Executive in Remington & Sons. Partially Printed Check Signed on verso, "S. Remington. 7 ¾” x 3 ¾”. March 25, 1859. The check reads, in part: "Had deposited in this Bank One hundred & fifty Dollars to the credit of J.C. Conouse Payable on the return of this Certificate properly endorsed ..." Signed on verso "S Remington" Multiple fine vignettes. A few pinholes Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1428
State: New York
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Samuel Remington Partly-printed Bank Check.

SAMUEL REMINGTON (1819-1892) Executive in Remington & Sons. Partially Printed Ilion Bank Check signed on verso "S. Remington." 7 ¾” x 3 ¾”. Ilion, N.Y. September 2, 1852 Remington has penned “Pay to Hadley Falls Company or order, S. Remington,” on verso. Numerous fine vignettes. Bank cut cancellation
Catalog: # AM-1429
State: New York
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00

Scarce Autograph Of Abigale Wadsworth

 WADSWORTH, JEREMIAH
Manuscript Document. One page,8 ¼” x 8 ½”. Hartford. September 13, 1777. The document is an account and receipt from Abigail Wadsworth against Jeremiah Wasdworth for the rental of a lot and the work performed on said lot. JEREMIAH WADSWORTH (1743-1804) was an American sea captain, merchant and statesman from Connecticut. In addition to the key role in played in the supply the Continental Army during the Revolution, Wadsworth also represented Connecticut in both the Continental Congress and the U.S. House of Representatives. Separation at folds. Else Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1396
State: Connecticut
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $295.00

Scarce Check Signed By Robert Fulton

 FULTON, ROBERT
ROBERT FULTON (1765-1815). Inventor; Engineer; Artist. Fulton is best known for designing and building the Clermont, the first commercially successful steamboat whose operation ushered in a new era of transportation. ADS. 1 page. Scarce manuscript check accomplished entirely in his hand and signed at the conclusion. “Columbian Bank, Georgetown. August the 24th, 1808. Pay to Mr. Adam King Twenty dollars. Robt. Fulton”. Few light folds. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1730
State: Maryland
Topic: Signed Checks
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Scarce Dominguez Grant

[Texas History]. Partly-printed document for 177 136/1000 English Acres of the Dominguez Grant. Signed by the Recipient of the grant, John Dominguez who had been granted the right to colonize lands by Texas on July 6, 1829. Under the terms of the grant, Dominguez was to bring American and European settlers to Texas during a six year period. Dominguez, who resided in Mexico, appointed Victor Blanco, lieutenant governor of Texas, to execute his contract. Dominguez brought no colonists to Texas, and the contract expired in 1835" The lands included in the grant are detailed as follows in the document: "Commencing on the RIVER ARKANSAW, at that point which is crossed by the twenty-third degree of longitude west from the CITY OF WASHINGTON, which is in fact the boundary line between the MEXICAN REPUBLIC UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA; thence the line runs to the south. along the said twenty-third degree of longitude or boundary line, a distance of FORTY LEAGUES to the west, which is the limit of the reserve referred to in the colonization law of the 18th of August A.D.1824. At the point at which the said last mentioned twenty leagues terminate, a line is to be drawn to the north parallel which the said twenty-third degree of west longitude from WASHINGTON, till it reaches the said RIVER ARKANSAW, which forms the boundary line between the MEXICAN REPUBLIC and the UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA. Thence the said grant runs along the western bank of the ARKANSAW for TWENTY LEAGUES, till it comes to the part at which it is crossed by the before mentioned twenty-third degree of longitude west from the CITY OF WASHINGTON, which is the place of beginning." Dominguez, who resided in Mexico City, appointed Victor Blanco, lieutenant governor of Texas, to execute his contract. Dominguez brought no colonists to Texas, and the contract expired in 1835. Folds and a some light foxing. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1763
State: Texas
Price: $2900.00

Scathing 1829 Nh Republican Political Circular Attacks

“HARTFORD CONVENTION MEN IN THEIR UNHOLY PROJECTS”WHILE PROMISING TO “PUNISH THE DECEIVERS, BUT RECLAIM THE DECEIVED”IN THE STATE ELECTIONS Partially Printed circular. Two pages, 6 ¾” x 8 ¼”. Concord, [NH]. January 19, 1829. The document reads, in part: The Object of this Circular is to solicit your aid in furtherance of the election of the candidates above named, and of the candidates for Counselors, Senators, &c. who shall be nominated by the Republican Conventions in the several districts; and of Representatives to the State Legislature. To you, Sir, we say, that an united and a vigorous effort prior to, an on the day of the next election, WILL SECURE US THE VICTORY… furnish your neighbors with all the needful and necessary information to counteract the machinations and the falsehood that may be put in operation by a corrupt and vindictive Aristocracy…For what was BENJAMIN PIERCE proscribed and hunted down in the last year’s election? Had he made himself busy against the New England President? No; this was not his sin. He refused to make himself and instrument in office to persecute his fellow republicans who had declared for Gen. Jackson- he refused to unite with federalists and Hartford Convention men in their unholy projects- he refused to join a cabal of office seekers who has sold themselves to the federal party; and therefore he must be immolated to the altar of party…If we all do our duty on the second Tuesday of March, there cannot be doubt of complete success…On that day, let the watchword of Republicans be, Reform in our State administration: on that day, let our motto be -“Punish the deceivers, but reclaim the deceived!”
Catalog: # AM-1039
Topic: Early Imprints
Price: $750.00

Secretary of the Navy James C. Dobbins Signed Letter

James C. Dobbins (1814 – 1857) Secretary of the Navy under President Pierce; instrumental in enlarging and reorganizing the navy. 8” x 10”. Manuscript Letter Signed by James C. Dobbins to Major G. F. Lindsay, U.S. Marine Corps., Washington D.C. “Navy Department, Feby 7th, 1856. Sir, The Commandant at New York has been instructed to comply with your wish to place on board the small steamer to sail from New York for Warrington, Va; “some clothing for Marines stationed at the latter place.” Very respectfully, yr. Obt. Svt. J. C. Dobbins”. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1711
State: Washington
Topic: Military History
Price: $90.00

Signed Biography Of George Eastman Presented By The Company To An Employee In Recognition Of Twenty-five Years Of Service

 EASTMAN, GEORGE
GEORGE EASTMAN (1854-1932). Photography pioneer; Manufacturer. Signed Book. George Eastman by Carl W. Ackerman. Boston and New York. 1930, Houghton, Mifflin & Company. Hardcover. 522 pages. A large, bold signature in pencil by Eastman is at the front of the book along with a tipped in letter to an employee Mr. George B. Howard “presenting a copy of Mr. Eastman’s biography to each of those who have been associated with Kodak for twenty-five years or more…” The letter is not signed by Eastman. Extremely Fine. A nice signed copy.
Catalog: # AB-0006
Topic: Miscellaneous
Price: $400.00

Signed by Vaudreuil Just Months After The Disastrous French Defeat At The Battle Of The Saintes

Louis-Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil (1724 – 1802). French Admiral, was second in command of the French navy during the American Revolution. Commanded a division of de Grasse’s fleet at Yorktown in 1781. DS. 1 page. 9 ¾” x 3 5/8”. Boston October 29, 1782 Fourth. -- of the King, the orders of M. le Mis de Vaudreuil wing chief In thirty days--, please pay this -, the first, second & third --, to the order of. M.-Winship a Boston Merchant the sum of eight thousand eight hundred eighty nine —to acquire such a sum which he is due for the amount of ammunition he provided to -- the King, the orders of M. le Mis de Vaudreuil, during spring break in Boston, as he notes by the Market, States & Receipt signed & referred to who has rights & deposited in the hands of Your very humble & very obedient servant --------- The Battle of the Saintes occurred over the period of a few days from April 9 – 12, 1782. The French and Spanish had planned an invasion of Jamaica but the British fleet, prepared for the maneuver decisively defeated the French fleet, thus thwarting the French intentions Following the French defeat and De Grasse’s surrender Vaudreuil, as second in command led the fleet to safety. He actions have been credited for saving most of the French Fleet from British capture. Following the battle, the French took refuge in Boston and this document is signed by Vaudreuil at Boston in October.
Catalog: # RN-171
State: Massachusetts
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2000.00

Signed Copy Of Always A Reckoning And Other Poems By Jimmy Carter

 CARTER, JAMES E. Jr.
Signed copy of Always a Reckoning and Other Poems by Jimmy Carter. Illustrations by Sarah Elizabeth Chuldenko. First Edition. 5 3/4” x 8 1/4”. 130 pages. Hardcover with original jacket. Times Books, Random House New York. Signed on front endpaper, “J. Carter. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AB-0007
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $125.00

Silas Wright Jr.

SILAS WRIGHT, JR. (1795-1847) American politician. Wright served as a New York Senator and as Governor of that state. Autograph Letter Signed, "Silas Wright, Jr." One page, 8" x 10". Comptroler's Office. Albany. August 6, 1832. Addressed on integral leaf. With circular "ALBANY" postal cancellation. Wright writes, in part: " ... I now send you enclosed the tax bill of Wm Rhinelander & Bayut [?] and Rhinelander made according to the list ... The delay of these bills has arisen from the delay in the completion of our annual tax book for 1831 ... No interst is cast upon the tax of 1831 and none will be demanded if paymnt is made by the date above mentioned ... " Paper loss from wax seal. Some minor staining. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1217
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $65.00

Silvanus Bourne

SILVANUS BOURNE (abt.1756-1817): Consul to Cap Francois. From 1794-1797, he was appointed vice consul of Amsterdam and from 1797-1816, he was consul general in the same city and was appointed consul general to the Batavian Republic. In 1817, he became agent for seamen at The Hague. One page Autograph Letter Signed by Silvanus Bourne with integral address leaf addressed, interestingly, to Silvanus Bourne, Boston, with his Free Frank “S. Bourne.”   Dated Philadelphia May 3rd 1792:  “My Dear Sir…I am compelled to inform you of the failure of your application for the office of T –n.  Mr. Dolton is this day nominated, having failed in the appointment of Director, it seems he is willing to accept of this office Tench Francis and Major Jackson also applied ‘tis said, but Dalton will obtain it; I sincerely feel for your disappointment, but doubt not you will soon obtain something worth receiving.  I believe your friends here are all disappointed in the Nomination.  Hope you found all your friends will on you arrival there.  We have agreed to adjourn on Saturday next…I will meet you in Boston…Yr. Friend Sincerely, S. Bourne.”  A curious letter. Mounted on edge to a heavy stock 19th century autograph book page.  In Fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-0213
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Early America
Price: $200.00

Simon Lake Submarine Salvage Corp. Signed As Vice-President By Simon Lake

SIMON LAKE (1866-1945) Mechanical engineer and naval architect who competed to build the first submarines for the U.S. Navy. Partly-printed check drawn on The Milford Trust Compnay payable in the amount $19.60. Check Signed as vice-president “Simon Lake.” Milford, Connecticut. April 23, 1932. Perforation cancellation. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1452
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $25.00

Six Circulars From The Quartermaster General’s Office, Including Four

THOMAS S. JESUP. (1788-1860). American military officer known as the “Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps.” 1) Printed Circular Signed, “Th. S. Jesup.” Three pages, 8” x 9 ¾”. “Quarter Master General’s Office Washington City.” January 25, 1848. The circular contains a message from Jesup as well as messages from Comptroller of the Treasury Department and the Attorney General’s Office relating to the illegality of making appropriations from the Quartermaster’s Department for the payment of claim by damages caused by soldiers in the service of the United States during the Mexican-American War. Some discoloration. Split at fold on page three. Else Fine. 2) Manuscript Circular Signed, “Th S. Jesup.” One page, 8” x 9 ¾”. “Q.M. Genl. Office Washington City.” March 19, 1849. This circular details the recent failure of the department’s officers to forward a personnel list and orders that such action be immediately undertaken. Fine condition 3) Printed circular signed, “Th. S. Jesup.” One page, 8” x 9 ¾” “Quarter Master General’s Office Washington City.” March 9,1848. The circular forwards the recent decision by the Adjutant General’s Office that a bounty may be paid for the apprehension of volunteer deserters in the wake of the Mexican-American War. Fine condition. 4) Printed Circular Signed, “Th. S. Jesup.” One page, 7 ¾” x 10”. “Quarter Master General’s Office Washington City.” July 11, 1849. The circular requests a list of all individuals employed by the Quarter Master Corps in compliance with Congress’ resolution to “compile and print, one in every two years, a register of all officers and agents, civil, military, and naval, in the service of the United States.” Some dampstaining, else Very Good. 5) Printed Circular Signed, “Ch. Thomas Maj Q.M.” One page, 7 ¾” x 10”. “Quarter Master General’s Office Washington City.” February 24, 1848. Circular requests that a full and complete report of all public property in possession of recipient be completed as well as a monthly & quarterly report as ordered by Major General Jesup. Fine Condition. 6) Manuscript Circular. One page, 7 ¾” x 10”. “Quarter Master General’s Office Saint Louis Mo.” June 18, 1849. The circular inform the Assistant Quarter Master of the U.S. Army that no more payments will be made until funds are placed in the hands St. Louis’s Quarter Master. Some discoloration, else Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0559
State: District Of Columbia
Price: $750.00

Southern Writer Erskine Caldwell Signs A Check

 CALDWELL, ERSKINE
ERSKINE CALDWELL. ADS. 1pp. 6 1/4" x 2 3/4". Augusta, Maine. January 2, 1937. A "First National Granite Bank" check signed by Erskine Caldwell and completely engrossed by him. The check has some even toning and punch cancellations that touch the engrossment but not the signature; the overall condition is fine.
Catalog: # AM-0064
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $200.00

State Of Connecticut Bearer Note

1781, Connecticut. 6 1/2” x 3” Pay note for Thirty pounds Lawful Silver Money payable “two years from the date hereof, with Interest at the Rate of six per cent, per annum, in like money … ” Signed by John Lawrence as treasurer. A scare note. Punch and pen cancelled. Else Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1382
State: Connecticut
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $200.00

State of New York Certificate Of Audited Or Revised Claims For The War Of 1812 Signed By Frederick Townsend

Frederick Townsend (1825–1897) was a Union officer in the American Civil War. He founded and was Colonel of the 3rd New York Regiment, and later served with the US Army's 18th Infantry, where he was brevetted a brigadier general. Townsend served three terms as Adjutant General of the State of New York, from 1857–1861, and again in 1880. DS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 3 ¾”. Albany, July 4, 1859. Engraved state seal of the New York in upper left corner. “We the undersigned pursuant to Chapter 176 of the Laws of 1859, passed April 8, 1859 do hereby certify that we have audited the revised claim of Benjamin Barrass, N.Y. and that there is due to him the sum of our one hundred & five dollars with interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from Aug. 1, 1858 for contingent expenses adjudged to him by us in pursuance of the provisions of said act. Signed by Townsend as Adjutant General of New York. The act referred in the document referred to is detailed in the New York statutes: “ The various acts amendatory of the same authorized and required the commissary-general and adjutant-general of the State to audit and settle the amount properly chargeable to the State of New York for the services and contingent expenditures of the volunteers and militia of said State called out for its defense during the late war (the term “late war” means the second war between the United States and England, known as the War of 1812).” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1538
State: New York
Topic: War of 1812
Price: $65.00

Stephan Van Rennsselaer’s Signed Personal Copy Of Gouverneur Morris’s An Oration, Upon The Death Of General Washington

 RENSSELAER, STEPHEN VAN
STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER (1765-1839) Lieutenant Governor of New York, American soldier and heir to one of the greatest estates in the New York area at the time. Copy of An Oration, Upon the Death of General Washington Signed on cover, “S. Rensselaer.” Twenty four pages, 5” x 7 1/2”. By Gouverneur Morris. Printed by John Furman, opposite City Hall, New-York. 1800. Slight toning. “Drew Theological Seminary Library” stamp on back of cover page with “Duplicate Discard” pencil notation. A choice Van Rensselaer item. Strong bound. Overall Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1349
Topic: Early Imprints
Price: $750.00

Stephen Mix Mitchell

STEPHEN MIX MITCHELL (1743-1835) Jurist and statesman. Partially Printed Document Signed on Verso, “Recd payment of Treasurer Kingsbury, Stephen M. Mitchell.” One page, 8” x 5 1/4”. State of Connecticut Comptroller’s-Office. September 8, 1809. The Partially Printed Pay Order pays Mitchell “ … One hundred dollars out of the taxes appropriated for the payment of the Civil List … ” Mitchell represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress and in the U.S. Senate. In addition, he served as Chief Justice of Connecticut’s Supreme Court. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1391
State: Connecticut
Topic: Early America
Price: $200.00

Stonewall Jackson

THOMAS "STONEWALL" JACKSON, (1824-1863). Perhaps the second most famous Confederate General after Lee, Jackson graduated from West Point in the distinguished class of 1846 and served in the Mexican War. He earned his nickname at First Manassas. In 1862, he launched a brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and defeated the Federals at Second Bull Run. He was accidentally killed by his own troops shortly after completing a devastating glancing move at Chancellorsville.  DS May 20th 1848.  1 page. 7 3/4" x 10". Irregular left margin. Jackson receives supplies from the Quartermaster shortly after the end of the Mexican-American war while still in Mexico City.  A nice, early Jackson DS boldly signed. Excellent.

Catalog: # AM-3282
Price: $8500.00

Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter On The Enforcement Of The Bill Of Rights In The U.S. And Abroad

FELIX FRANKFURTER (1882-1965) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Autograph Letter Signed, “ Felix Frankfurter,” on his name-imprinted Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C. letterhead. One page, 5 3/4” x 9”. Charlemont, Mass. July 29, 1949. Accompanied by original Supreme Court of the United States Washington, D.C. envelope addressed to “Edmund Clymers 45 Exchange Street, Rochester 4 N.Y.” With circular “SHELBURNE FALLS, MA JULY 31 1949” postal cancellation and Purple three-cent stamp. Frankfurter writes:

“ Dear Mr. Clymer, Thank you for your kind thoughts. I appreciated your notes and read your enclosures with interest. I sometimes suspect that those who should best remember seem to forget the Bill of Rights - or are most concerned to have it enforced abroad instead of right here at home. With fond wishes, Cordially yours, Felix Frankfurter.”

Frankfurter’s fine commentary on the state of individual rights in the U.S. and abroad comes at a transformative moment in the wake of World War Two. As the America and its allies worked to rebuild shattered European nations and their economies, the U.S. found itself gripped by increasingly prevalent anti-communist sentiment, which had been largely silenced while the U.S. and Russian were wartime allies. During this period of McCarthyism, hundreds found themselves imprisoned and thousands more lost their livelihoods.

While Frankfurter was known for his radical politics in his youth (he had helped to found the A.C.L.U. and also spoke in support of Sacco and Vanzetti) he adhered to judicial restraint while serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. In light of this philosophy and Frankfurter’s stand on cases before the court, his statement regarding the Bill of Rights takes on a tinge of unintended irony. Frankfurter statements regarding Dennis vs. United States [1951] highlight his awareness of the importance of free speech, yet he supported the conviction of the eleven communist leaders charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government in that very case. This same tension can also be seen in his rejection of the claim that First Amendment rights should be protected by law in the case of Minersville School District v. Gobitis [1940]. A wonderful letter providing useful insight into Frankfurter’s sometimes contradictory stance on individual rights as they related to his position and purview as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court during the postwar era of McCarthyism in the United States. Usual Folds. Extremely Fine.

Catalog: # AM-1047
Topic: Supreme Court
Price: $1500.00

Supreme Court Justice William Day

 DAY, WILLIAM R.
WILLIAM RUFUS DAY (1849 –1923) was an American diplomat and jurist, who served for nineteen years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. DS. Canton, Ohio. 81/2 " x 31/4". October 16th, 1883. Partly-printed bank check. Payable to West End Coal Company in the amount of $43.63. Accomplished in Day's hand and signed by him as maker. Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-0700
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $95.00

Sutro Tunnel Book Inscribed to The Right Reverend John Henry Ducachet Wingfield and signed by Adolph Sutro

 SUMNER, CHARLES
ADOLPH SUTRO (1830-1898). Mining engineer. Sutro formed the Sutro Tunnel Company which constructed a tunnel to provide ventilation, drainage and an easy means of transporting men and materials to and from the mines in the region of the Comstock Lode. Retiring to San Francisco in 1879, he became active in civic and business affairs, and was elected mayor in 1894. Always interested in the history and science of printing, he amassed a collection of over 200,000 volumes on this subject, much of which now forms a part of the San Francisco Public Library. Inscribed and Signed Book. “Presented to Bishop Wingfield by Adolph Sutro, Oct. 6, 1877” Sutro Tunnel. Report of the Commissioners and Evidence Taken by the Committee on Mines and Mining of the House of Representatives of the United States, in Regard to the Sutro Tunnel, Together with the Arguments and Report of the Committee Recommending a Loan by the government in aid of the construction of said work. M'Gill & Withrow Printers and St, Washington, D.D. 1872. Gilt-stamped cloth. A portion of the front cover is separating from the binding. John Henry Ducachet Wingfield (1833 - 1898) Protestant Episcopal Bishop. Became the rector of Trinity church in San Francisco in 1874. During that year he was elected Missionary Bishop and first Dioceasan Bishop for Northern California. A superb association of Sutro and Northern California’s first Diocesan Bishop and one of the best known church leaders of the American West!
Catalog: # AM-0207
State: California
Topic: Mining
Price: $900.00

Tasker H. Bliss

TASKER H. BLISS (1853-1930) US general and diplomat. He served in the Spanish–American War, in 1902 negotiated the treaty of reciprocity with Cuba. Towards the end of World War I he was chief of general staff in Washington 1917–18, represented the USA on the Supreme War Council in 1918, and was chosen as one of the five US delegates to the Inter-Allied Peace Conference in Paris in 1919. Clipped Autograph. 5”x 2”. “Tasker H. Bliss” above typed “General, Chief of Staff. U.S.A. Permanent American Military Representative.” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1654
Topic: World War I
Price: $45.00

The "Hero Of The Mohawk Valley," Marinus Willett, And John Pintard

City of New York paynote payable to Mrs. Elizabeth Archer in the amount of fifty-nine dollars and 4/100 for 1 year's interest on last installment of bond. October 19, 1807. Signed as clerk by JOHN PINTARD (1759-1844) American merchant and philanthropist. In 1792, Pintard lost his fortune by engaging in William Duer's failed attempt to corner the New York Banking Market. In 1803, Pintard travelled to New Orleans, where he filed a report of the French colony that proved instrumental in convincing Thomas Jefferson to purchase the Louisiana Territory. In addition, Pintard served as manager of the New York state lotteries and the first sagamore of the Tammany Society. Also Signed by MARINUS WILLETT (1740-1830) Colonel of the New York Line, General of Tryon County Militia, Mayor of New York. A nice association of two prominent figures in New York's History. Minor age toning. Very slight paper loss at left edge. Fold through Willet's signature. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1214
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $175.00

The Assassin Of James Garfield Receives Settlement On Behalf Of His Client In A Forged Check Case

CHARLES GUITEAU (1841 - 1882). Assassin of President James Garfield. An interesting ADS in which Guiteau, serving as an attorney for his client who has received a forged check; “Rec’d $5 in settlement of Pyne & Miller’s claim of $17.60 in an alleged forged check for that amt. Issued by Lynch Bros. Dated 14 Sept. 1876. Charles J. Guiteau, atty…” Accompanied by the original check which was the subject of the forgery as well as a contemporaneous envelope written “Autograph of Chas. J. Guiteau, the murderer of Prest. Garfield”. All are wonderfully framed in a gold gilt with a cranberry colored matting. An unusual combination. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0842
Condition: Fine
Topic: Crime History
Price: $2400.00

The Boston Art Club Seeks To Expand Their QuartersThrough The Purchase Of Property Held By The Massachusetts Bicycle Club

[Bicycle History – Boston]. DS. 8” x 36”. Boston, Mass. October 29, 1888. This document calls for the membership to back the proposed purchase of a building adjacent to the club’s building for the purpose of expansion. “In the opinion of many …the present building is already quite inadequate for the use of the club; and they feel certain, that if in the future, the club is to take and maintain a high position and rank among the institutions of similar character in the country, a larger building and more ample accommodations will be necessary….” The Massachusetts Bicycle Club was founded on January 10, 1879. It was headquartered on Newbury Street in Boston and by 1885 boasted a membership of 225. Signed at the conclusion by 30 members of the club in support of the acquisition. An interesting early bicycling related document. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1530
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Sports
Price: $245.00

The Chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Writes to Senate Secretary Edwin A. Halsey During the Depths of the Great Depression On Reconstruction Finance Corporation Letterhead Discussing Jesse James’ Revolvers

Jesse H. Jones (1874 – 1956). Businessman. Served as head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the federal agency which was originally created by Herbert Hoover to provide financial support for industrial growth and expansion during the Great Depression and, later, during World War II. TLS. 1 page. April 6, 1938. Washington, D.C. Jones writes to Senate Secretary Edwin A. Halsey; “Pardon my delay in acknowledging the picture of the Vice-President, Senator Truman and myself taken recently in your office upon the occasion of Senator Truman’s exhibiting to the Vice-President and me the two revolvers originally belonging to Jesse James. Your thoughtfulness and trouble in getting the autographs of Vice-President Garner and Senator Truman is appreciated, as also is the reference to “Jesse James” Jones. Sincerely your friend, Jesse H. Jones” A fine association and interesting content.
Catalog: # AM-0063
State: Washington
Topic: Business
Price: $225.00

The Colony Of Connecticut Pays For Apprehending And Prosecuting A Counterfeiter

7” x 6” August 29, 1770. The colony of Connecticut authorizes the Treasury to pay the “Kings Attorney for the County of Litchfield the Sum of Six pounds, Six shillings & six pence lawful money for Apprehending and prosecuting one Jon Thomson who was Convicted of passing counterfitt (sic) Dollar at the Supr. Court held at Litchfield in Aug….” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1633
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $175.00

The Daughter of Congressman Joseph L. Tillinghast On Slavery, Abolitionism, Local Politics And The Much Publicized Divorce Of Pierce Butler and His Famous Wife, Fanny Kemble

1) Autograph Letter Signed, “Rebecca.” Three and a half pages, 7 ¼” x 9”. Philadelphia. February 7, no year. Addressed on integral leaf to “Hon. Joseph Tillinghast Providence RI.” With partial, circular “Philadelphia” postal cancellation. Willing writes concerning the highly publicized divorce of Pierce Butler and his wife, the celebrated actress Fanny Kemble, with whom Willing is acquainted. Willing also comments upon Mrs. Butler’s strong abolitionist sentiments. Regarding Mrs. Butler, Willing writes, in part: “ … she read me extracts from her journal at the South to prove to me that the negroes on the best conducted plantations were in a situation far inferior to that of the lowest class of free-man - white or black … For myself I am decidedly anti-slavery & if I saw a path opened would be an abolitionist but that name at present is mingled with so much that is injudicious & absolutely fanatical, that I do not like to adopt it … ” Fine personal and social commentary upon Fanny Kimble, her unhappy marriage and her devotion to the abolitionist cause. Extremely Fine 2) Autograph Letter Signed, “Rebecca.” One and a half pages, 7 ¾” x 12 ½”. Some cross-writing. Philadelphia. March 15, no year. Addressed on integral leaf to “Hon. J.L. Tillinghast, Providence, RI.” With partial, red circular “Philadelphia” postal cancellation. Willing writes, in part: “ … Mrs. [Henry A.] Wise is in town at present spending the time with her Mother until they sail from Norfolk for Brazil. She seems very well satisfied with their destination .. She was in Washington at the time of the dreadful affair of the Princeton but she was not (as she says Providentially) on board. Mr & Mrs Upshur were very particular friends of Mr. & Mrs. Wise & she evidently felt the catastrophe almost as deeply as those who were more interested … ” During a trial trip down the Potomac with President John Tyler, his Cabinet and about two hundred assorted guests, the Peacemaker guns mounted onboard the USS Princeton burst, killing Secretary of State Uphur and a number of other individuals, including David Gardiner, father of President Tyler’s future wife, Julia, and wounding twenty. 3) Autograph Letter Signed, “Rebecca.” Three and a half pages, 7 ½” x 9 ¾”. Philadelphia. Friday, June 14, no year. Addressed on integral leaf to “Hon. J.L. Tillinghast Providence RI.” With circular, red “Philadelphia” postal cancellation. Willing writes concerning travel plans for mother and sister to visit her father. Tear at wax seal and paper loss from wax seal affecting seven words. Else Extremely Fine. 4) Autograph Letter Signed, “Rebecca.” Three and a half pages, 8” x 10”. Philadelphia. November 30, no year. Addressed on integral leaf to “Hon. J.L. Tillinghast Providence RI.” With circular, red “Philadelphia” and red “Free” postal cancellations. Willing writes, in part: “ … I see by today’s paper that a meeting of Whigs have proposed Mr. Sergeant again for Vice president - Mr. Toland is spoken of too as a candidate for governor & these two proposals seem to me to speak good things on the character of the party in this state - for two more honest politicians I suppose can hardly be found - I suppose there is no chance for Mr. Toland but if he should be Governor he would make the name of Pennsylvania a little more respectable both at home & abroad … ” Good political commentary in this Extremely Fine letter.
Catalog: # AM-0118
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $350.00

The Death Of James A. Garfield

Autograph Letter Signed, “H.C. Lybrook.” Two pages, 5” x 8”. Dowagiac, Michigan. September 22, 1881. The letter reads, in part: “ … The death of the President does not appear to excite much feeling among our people all that have been done they have hung the flag on a pole half way up and they have Crepe stretched over the door of Post office and Mrs. Boating has Crepe stretched round the top and on the collumns [sic] of the stoop in front of her shop. The people here are tramping around as usual. There was a company of some 6 or 8 persons men and women came down from Decatur last Saturday and got drunk and were disorderly and they were all taken before the Justice of the peace and fined …” Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0025
State: Michigan
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $125.00

The First President of Continental Congress, Peyton Randolph

Peyton Randolph (1721 – 1775). First President of Continental Congress, Virginia politician and planter. DS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 3” mounted to a slightly larger sheet. June 7, 1770. “Then Recd. Of William Cabell, Junr. Fifty pounds in part of my Judgement agst. George Blain, three pounds in part of Juhn Tuggles bond & thirty shillings in part of Moses Campbell, ditto.” Accomplished in a secretarial hand and boldly signed by Randolph at the conclusion. Center fold. Scarce autograph of this important early Patriot.
Catalog: # RN-225
State: Virginia
Topic: Early America
Price: $2000.00

The Founder Of Columbia Law School, Theodore Dwight, Signs A Document Pertaining To The School

 DWIGHT, THEODORE W.
THEODORE DWIGHT. DS. 1pp. 8" x 10". New York. May 21st, 1888. A "Columbia College Law School" document signed "Theodore W. Dwight" as "Warden and Professor of Municipal Law". This document certified that "Mr. Addison Allen was a member of this LAW SCHOOL for the term of seven months and 20 days commencing first Monday of Oct, 1887. During this time, he was regular in his attendance, made commendable and satisfactory progress in his studies, and sustained a good moral character " The piece has the usual folds, but the signature is very dark and the paper is extremely white. It is in very fine condition
Catalog: # AM-0481
Topic: Literary
Price: $150.00

The Founder of Lear Jet Corp.

William Lear. (1902 – 1978). Founder of Lear Jet Corp. DS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 11”. Beverly Hills, California, July 29, 1968. A signed filed copy of an authorization for Southern California Savings & Loan Association to “apply my savings account balance of $50,750 toward the purchase of the promissory note and first deed of trust…” for the purchase of a real estate in Los Angeles. On onionskin paper. Couple of file holes at top. Excellent.
Catalog: # DN-33
State: California
Topic: Aviation
Price: $245.00

The Massachusetts Centinel

The Massachusetts Centinel. May 29, 1790. 10” x 15 ½”. 4 pages. Length front page treatise for the Easter Circuit Court, “The Charge of Chief Justice Jay, to the Grand Juries on the Eastern Circuit. Fine.
Catalog: # DN-46
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Newspapers
Price: $100.00

The Most Dramatic Orator In The American Antislavery Movement

WENDELL PHILLIPS (1811-1884) a Prominent abolitionist from 1837, President of the Anti-Slavery Society from 1865-1870. So highly regarded were his oratorical abilities that he was known as "abolition's Golden Trumpet". Like many of his fellow abolitionists, Phillips took pains to eat no cane sugar and wear no clothing made of cotton, since both were produced by the labor of Southern slaves. It was Phillips's contention that racial injustice was the source of all of society's ills. Like William Lloyd Garrison, Phillips denounced the Constitution for tolerating slavery. Autograph Letter Signed. 4pp. 5" x 8". n.p. 4 Dec '81. Phillips writes to a fellow lawyer and friend, Mr. Dyer: "There is no setting ahead of you my bar friend – and reading over and over you exquisitely words – just the sweetest of all notes” as my wife keeps saying. I feel sort of nervous in trying my ‘rentice hand, as Bacus says, at telling you how very beautiful your flowers were – how welcome….” Phillips goes on to relay a song to his friend, then: “…but even without Ben Johnson in my view, my vote’s nothing to yours – Please just think of the most grateful things you could say if you were touched to the very heart & then fancy me saying it – if you can - & it will be alright…Wendell Phillips.” Light toning to folds on last page, else Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1316
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $125.00

The Nullification Governor of South Carolina

James Hamilton, Jr. (1786 – 1857). Governor of South Carolina, congressman from that state. ALS. 1 page. 6 ½” x 8”. Newport, R.I. Aug. 22, 1851. To J. B. Richards; “I have just this day returned from the interior of the state of New York and received your polite & respectable favor. I will so that you may receive them at the Institute on Monday, Nove. 7 or if you will go to the Boston P.O. on Saturday evening at 6:00 you will find a package enclosing such letter or letters as you desire which I will afford with the utmost pleasure….J. Hamilton” Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1619
State: Rhode Island
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $125.00

The Philippines During WWII

Autograph Letter Signed, “Gene.” Four pages, 5” x 8”. Philippines. March 23, 1945. The letter reads, in part: “ … The people here are very friendly and generally speak good English the best part of it here is that we can hire our laundry done & fairly cheap too. We had to change our money to Pesos & Centavos because they don’t use American money here … Since we landed her we’ve had one air raid and that’s all we’ve seen of them since . While the Japs were here they forced the Filipinos to work for money which they printed and when they left the money automatically became worthless … I hope by now your snow is gone … it must have been an awful winter. I’d gladly give up all of this for it though … ” Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0119
Topic: World War II
Price: $175.00

The Possible Printing Of A Quaker Manuscript

Autograph Letter Signed, "Wm. Rotch." One page, 7 3/4" x 9 5/8". New Bedford. December , 1810. Addressed on integral leaf. With circular "Ship Letter" and one other postal cancellation. Rotch writes, in part: : " ... The removal of thy father (my much esteemed friend) I had an account of not long after it took place, but that of thy mother and wife, had not come to my knowledge until the rect. of thy letter ... our distant separation does not preclude the frequent remembrance of the pleasing hours I spent with them in England; many of whom are removed from works to rewards - as to the manuscript thou mentions of our friend I.T. [?] I wish it was in my power to grant liberty for its publication ... it was returned to our Messrs [?] for sufferings who have not yet thought proper to publish it; the reason I cannot tell, but as it is left with them, it would not be thought well to put it to press without their consent ... I have no object the manuscript being shewn to any friend, … tho much correction would be necessary for the press ..." Paper loss from wax seal. Overall Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1229
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $450.00

Theordore Roosevelt Sends a Signed Copy of A 1906 Thanksgiving Proclamation At The Request of A Philadelphia Teacher

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919). Twenty-sixth President of the United States. DS. 1 page. 8” x 13 1/8”. October 22, 1906. A boldly signed Thanksgiving Proclamation completed at the request of John W. Crum, a Sunday School teacher in Philadelphia. Mr Crum had written to the President on November 6 requesting a signed copy for his class. His letter is as follows: “May I trespass upon your time to thisextent? Will you kindly have executed a type-written or printed copy of your “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, with your autograph appended, and forward same to me? I am teacher of aSunday School class of young men, one of whomis deputed to read same at a special Thanks-Giving service of our School, and I am doingall in my power to create and maintain theirinterest – the young man is highly pleasedwith the suggestion, and I beg you to complywith this request if consistent. Your actionwill be most highly appreciated. Will you doIt for the sake of the boys?” A typed retained copy of the sender’s letter accompanys the signed Proclamation along with the White House envelope in which it was sent. An interesting TR item. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3408
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1250.00

Thomas Hazard, Spy For British General Henry Clinton During The American Revolution

THOMAS HAZARD Spy for Sir Henry Clinton during the American Revolution. Hazard is said to have procured intelligence for the British with great risk. Autograph Document Signed twice, “Thos Hazard.” One page. 4 5/8” x 7 ½”. New Haven. May 24, 1776. Hazard acknowledges receipt of ₤50.0.10 and ₤166 on two separate occasions from James Rogers. On the same page and verso are receipts given Rogers from other individuals. A scarce autograph of this British Spy. Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-191
State: Connecticut
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $450.00

Thomas Johns Perry Free Franked Address Leaf

Thomas Johns Perry (1807 –1871). U.S. Congressman From Maryland. Free Franked Address leaf. 8 ¾” x 4”. “Free Thomas Perry”. Addressed to Davis Richardson, Esqr., Frederick City, Md. This has been torn down the middle and repaired with archival tape.
Catalog: # AM-1612
State: Maryland
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $25.00

Thomas Penn With Wax Seal of the Penn Family

Thomas Penn (1702 – 1775). Son of William Penn, along with his brothers he inherited the position of Proprietor of the Colony of Pennsylvania. Cut Signature. 3 ¾” x 1 3/8” mounted to a larger card measuring 5” x 2 ¾” overall. Nice bold signature “Tho. Penn”. Nice, intact wax seal of the Penn family motto at the right of Penn’s signature. Nice for display. Fine.
Catalog: # RN-362
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $450.00

Timothy Pickering Writes To John Pickering

 PICKERING, TIMOTHY
TIMOTHY PICKERING. ALS. 1pp. 8" x 12 3/4". Philadelphia. July 11th 1795. An autograph letter signed "T. Pickering" to "John Pickering": "You will deem me a negligent trustee: but knowing it to be proper to make up Salary accounts at the close of a quarter, I waited accordingly. I have now the pleasure to inclose your Salary from Feby. 11th to June 30th inclusively, amounting to Three hundred and eighty six dollars & eleven cents in one post note...". The letter is in fine condition with dark ink.
Catalog: # AM-0147
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $375.00

To President Taylor Just Months Before His Death

 TAYLOR, ZACHARY
[Zachary Taylor] 1850. Pennsylvania. 4pp. ALS from a Dr. A. D. Chaloner of Philadelphia written just months prior to Taylor’s death. “Philad. City Feb 15, 1850 Dear Sir, Soon another Anniversary of Buena Vista will be here, and as on that day, your voice encouraged your countrymen to daring deeds-may not those who in the political campaign sustained you be remembered? One who first battled in the whirl of politics to place you at our Country’s helm, as now his efforts may even now be rewarded. Respectfully, A.D. Chaloner, MD Respectfully, Yr. Obt Sert, Genl Z. Taylor Prest. U States Washington, DC.” A docketed notation on the verso states; “Philadelphia Feb 15, 1850 A.D. Chaloner Reminds the P. of himself.” Our research has found that a Doctor A.D. Chaloner, MD in Phil. wrote an article in 1849 in the Philadelphia Ledger on “TREATMENT OF CHOLERA” which is what is now thought to be a possible cause of Taylor’s death. Fold Marks. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0914
Condition: Fine
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1500.00

TR Writes to Admiral Seaton Schroeder

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) 26th President of the United States.TLS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 11”. July 27, 1916. On imprinted Metropolitan Magazine letterhead to Admiral Seaton Schroeder; “It is Admiral Schroeder I am writing to, is it not? Any son of yours will go with me in my division, if I am possibly able to get him!” TR was in the midst of attempting to form four divisions to fight in France during the First World War. His failure to receive governmental authorization resulted in the disbandment of the effort. Fine. An interesting reference to the former President’s attempt to enter World War I as a military leader.
Catalog: # AM-3425
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $650.00

Treasury Secretary Walter Forward Signs A Treasury Document

 FORWARD, WALTER
WALTER FORWARD DS. 1pp. 8" x 10". Treasury Department. March 16th, 1842. A partly printed document signed "W Forward" as Treasury Secretary. The piece states: "In compliance with the directions contained in the 4th section of the act of Congress of the 7th of July, 1838, entitled 'An act to remit the duties upon certain goods destroyed by fire at the late conflagration in the city of New York,' I have duly examined the testimony, and have compared the same with the statement and adjudication of the Commissioners in the claim of Fontain Ainé and approve of their determination in regard to said claim, and hereby sanction the award of $198.19 found to be due to the aforesaid claimant. On the execution of the bond mentioned in the section before stated, the prescribed certificate can be issued by the Commissioners in this case." The piece is in choice condition.
Catalog: # AM-0558
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $245.00

Union General William Wells Won The Congressional Medal Of Honor For Service At The Battle Of Gettysburg

WILLIAM WELLS (1837-1892) Union brevetted brigadier and major general and later a full-rank brigadier general of volunteers during the Civil War. Wells served at, among others. the battles of Gettysburg, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, and the Appomattox campaign. DS 8 1/2” x 2 3/4” Burlington, Vermont. October 7, 1874. Partially Printed Bank Check payable to H.H. Adams in the amount of $40.80. Signed as Maker by Wells as Collector for Vermont. Pen cancellation slightly affects the first letter of Wells’ signature. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1212
State: Vermont
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $195.00

Union General William Wherry Signed Document

 WHERRY, WILLIAM MACKY
WILLIAM MACKY WHERRY. DS. 1pp. 6 3/4" x 9 1/2". San Francisco. May 20, 1871. A partly printed document signed by William Macky Wherry as Captain and Brevet General. The document gives orders for three soldiers. It is in very fine condition and a stamp touches one letter of the signature.
Catalog: # AM-0246
Topic: Civil War
Price: $150.00

US Ambassador To Berlin During WWI – James Watson Gerard “On Account Of The Possible Trouble Here With Japan…”

JAMES WATSON GERARD (1867-1951) U.S. lawyer and diplomat. Appointed to the NY Supreme Court in 1908. Under President Woodrow Wilson he served as the American Ambassador to Germany from 1913 to 1917. On the declaration of war by the United States, he was recalled from his post of minister at Berlin and took up the practice of law in New York City. Autograph Letter Signed. August 18th 1916. 2pp. On “Embassy of the United States of America” letterhead. To Walter H. Page and Henry Van Dyke: “My dear Colleague: This is to introduce Dr. Jose Legaspi, He is a Filipino, studying in Berlin – On account of the possible trouble here with Japan – and the fact that to a strange people he might look rather Japanese, I sent him out of Berlin. Please help him. Communicate with his father etc. & help him if necessary. …J.W. Gerard.” On verso he writes again: “Dear Colleague, Mr. Legaspi has just brought this note to me. Our instructions are to forward the return of all such cases to America via England. I therefore send, and commend Mr. Legaspi to your kind care…” Gerard’s views of Imperial Germany at this time fit neatly into an age which historian Merle Curti characterized as “a struggle between darkness and light, barbarism and civilization.” Gerard gained particular notoriety for a speech given in 1917. During the course of his speech he feared for the possibility of up to half a million German- Americans rising up and wreaking havoc within the U.S. once General Pershing’s American Expeditionary Force (AEF) took part in its first major offensive against the German enemy. His solution was startlingly simple: to hang German-Americans from lamp posts. Unsurprisingly Gerard was unsuccessful in his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1920.
Catalog: # AM-1655
Topic: World War I
Price: $350.00

Very Early Jay Cooke & Company Signed Check - Just 2 Months After The Legendary Financier Opened His Firm

 COOKE, JAY
JAY COOKE (1821-1905). ) Railroad magnate and Financier. Document Signed, “Jay Cooke & Co,” by Jay Cooke. One page, 8” x 3 ½”. March 15, 1861. Check drawn from the “Banking Office of Jay Cooke.” Payable to Tyler Stone & Company “in Bankable Funds” atop “Messrs. Riggs & Co.,” a large Banking firm. This is perhaps the earliest example found of Cooke signing a check on his newly formed banking company that was about to profit wildly from the Civil War. With cross punch cancellation not affecting signature on blue paper in mostly fine condition. A superlatively rare example of the magnate in his early years.
Catalog: # AM-1257
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $950.00

Very Scarce Autograph Of Civil War Photographer Alexander Gardner

 GARDNER, ALEXANDER
ALEXANDER GARDNER (1821 –1882) was a Scottish photographer who moved to the United States in 1856 where he developed his profession. He is best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, American President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln's assassination. Document Signed. Partly-printed bank check drawn on Riggs & Co. payable to Rebecca J. Ashley in the amount of $400. Accomplished in his hand and signed by Gardner as Secretary of The Masonic Mutual Relief Association of the District of Columbia. Printed on blue paper with a nice orange imprinted revenue at center. Bank cut cancellation just slightly touches Gardner’s signature. A very scarce and desirable autograph from this important Civil War photographer. PASS-CO Certified, Graded EF and Encapsulated.
Catalog: # AM-0982
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $2900.00

Village of Ilion, New York Bond Signed By Philo Remington

PHILO REMINGTON (1816-1889) The son of the founder of the Remington gun company, Philo improved gun production and expanded into the manufacture of typewriters and other products. DS. 1 page. Illion, New York. April 4, 1866. Partly-printed Bond Of The Village Of Ilion issued to “J. M. Hyde…in the sum of $1,025.00...with interest payable on the first day of April in each year, at the Office of the Treasurer…” Signed by Remington as President of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ilion. A few light age spots at left margin. Otherwise, fine.
Catalog: # AM-0114
State: New York
Topic: Business
Price: $275.00

Virginia Congressman and Commander of the State Militia

Francis Preston (1765 – 1836). General. During the War of 1812 he commanded a regiment of Virginia troops. He commanded the Virginia state militia after the war and served as a congressman for two terms. ALS. Two pages, 7 1/2” x 9 1/4”. Salt Works. November 28,1797..” Preston writes to Col. Dana Henly of Knoxville, Tennessee, in part: “ … I gave you fif