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New Anna Harrison Sends a Signature of William Henry Harrison to an Autograph Seeker

Anna Harrison (1775 – 1864). First lady during the one month term of William Henry Harrison. Grandmother of Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison (1773 – 1841). Ninth President of the United States. ALS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 9 ¾”. Northbend, Sept. 19, 1850. An elderly Mrs. Harrison sends a cut signature of William Henry Harrison to William Pinkham, an autograph seeker; “Dear Sir, I haston to send you an autograph of my dear departed husband, tltho, I am now oblidg’d to cut them from letters & books, but I always feel anxious to comply with every request if I can. Wishing you health & every blessing I am sir, your friend. Anna Harrison.” Anna has attached to the letter a signature of William Henry Harrison which she has cut from a letter in her possession. One can only wonder if it could have been an ALS as president! During much of the nineteenth century it was a common practice by collectors to cut signatures from letters and documents and as a result, many great letters and documents of content have been lost forever. Folds. Excellent condition with a couple of light tape stains. A great Harrison item!
Catalog: # P9-6
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $2250.00

New Eisenhower Sends His Thanks to New Hampshire Senator Norris Cotton

Eisenhower, Dwight (1890 – 1969). Thirty-fourth President of the United States. Typed Letter Signed. On White House stationary. Dated at Gettysburg, August 13, 1959. 6 ¾’ X 9”. To longtime New Hampshire Congressman and Senator Norris Cotton; “Dear Norris: “For the Administration as a whole, as well as for myself, I want to say that your vote on the housing veto was gratifying indeed. It was particularly pleasing to me to note the cohesion on this issue among Republicans in the Senate. With warm regard…Sincerely, D.E.” The Senate had just voted to support the President’s veto on the Housing Act of 1959 and Ike here sends his gratitude for Cotton’s support. Center fold, Excellent condition.
Catalog: # P34-21
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $350.00

New John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay Signed Ship’s Passport For the Brig Quito

John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848) Sixth President of the United States and Henry Clay (1777 – 1852) U.S. Congressman, Senator and politician. Document Signed. February 13, 1826. 1 page. 11 ½” x 15”. Printed on vellum. Passport for the “Brig Quito of New York…of the burthen of one hundred thirty-eight 10/95 tons of thereabouts mounted with no guns…to pass her company passengers, goods and merchandize without any hinderance…” White wafer seal at lower left. Boldly signed by Adams and countersigned by Henry Clay as Secretary of State. But for a small loss of vellum at left center, this would be considered a choice example.
Catalog: # P6-4
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1750.00

New Neosho Valley Investment Company of Chetopa, Kansas

1895. Kansas. Stock certificate for 10 shares. Agriculture vignette. Litho. Some contemporary ink spots. Fine. Scarce.
Catalog: # SB-5884
State: Kansas
Topic: Banking
Price: $75.00

New Revolutionary War General Joseph Spencer Endorsed Note For Interest Due

JOSEPH SPENCER (1714-1789). Spencer was an American Major General in the Revolutionary War. He commanded a division during the defense of New York but was defeated while trying to take command of Rhode Island. Document Signed. 1 page. 8 ¼” x 3 ¼”. Hartford, Connecticut. February 7th 1781. Partly-printed note which “certifies that the Sum of seventy-two pounds six shillings and eight pence lawful money is due from the State of Connecticut unto Gen’l. Joseph Spencer for Interest due on Money Loaned to said State. Signed as treasurer by John Lawrence. Spencer has endorsed the note on verso.
Catalog: # AM-3294
Topic: American Revolution

New The Farmers Loan & trust Co. of Kansas – Anthony Kansas

1889, Kansas. Stock certificate for 2 shares. Prairie scene at top center. Litho. Very Fine. Very scarce.
Catalog: # SB-5887
State: Kansas
Topic: Banking
Price: $95.00

New1887 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Signed By President Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908). Twenty-second and Twenty-fourth President of the United States. Document Signed. October 25, 1887. 2 pages. 8 1/8” x 13”. Printed proclamation recognizing and declaring Thanksgiving Day for “Thursday the twenty-fourth day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer…” Boldy Signed by Cleveland at the conclusion. Countersigned by Thomas F. Bayard as Secretary of State. A complete transcription follows below. By the President of the United States: The goodness and the mercy of God, which have followed the American people during all the days of the past year claim our grateful recognition and humble acknowledgment. By His omnipotent power He has protected us from war and pestilence and from every national calamity; by His gracious favor the earth has yielded a generous return to the labor of the husbandman, and every path of honest toil has led to comfort and contentment; by His loving kindness the hearts of our people have been replenished with fraternal sentiment and patriotic endeavor, and by His Fatherly guidance we have been directed in the way of national prosperity. To the end that we may with one accord testify our gratitude for all these blessings, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by all the people of the land. On the day let all secular work and employment be suspended; and let our people assemble in their accustomed places of worship and with prayer and songs of praise, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us while we implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy. Let families and kindred be reunited on that day and let their hearts, filled with kindly cheer and affectionate reminiscence, be turned to the source of all their pleasures and to the Giver of all that makes the day bright and joyous. And in the midst of our worship and enjoyments let us remember the poor, the needy, and the unfortunate; and by our gifts of charity and ready benevolence let us increase the number of those who with grateful hearts shall join in our Thanksgiving. In witness whereof I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth.
Catalog: # P22-1
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1250.00

NewA large Stock Certificate of the Indaian Farmer's Savings and Loan Association

1893. Stock certificate for 11 shares. Superb large vignette of Liberty, agricultural and manufacturing scenes. Litho. 13 " x 11". Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5890
State: Indiana
Topic: Banking
Price: $95.00

NewAccount of the Rum Used at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army

An Account of the Rum Used by Officers at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army at the New Windsor, New York Post Interesting Account of the Rum Used by Officers at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army at the New Windsor, NY Post and is dated 1782. 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". "Acct. of Rum Issued agreeable to Gen'l Order of the 27th Nov., 1782. Detailed listing of the amounts and to whom the rum was issued follows. New Windsor, NY acted as a major depot for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. In addition to those individuals that were there by assignment, a significant amount of the town’s residents were in full support of the Revolution. Due to this, the town made a perfect site for the encampment. The camp held in the range of 6,000-8,000 men, women, and children from the American Northeast.

Catalog: # AM-3253
State: New York
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $245.00

NewAn Uncut Pair of Specimen Bonds From El Banco Chileno Garantizador de Valores

18--. Santiago, Chile. An uncut pair SPECIMENS of 1,000 peso bonds. Green\Black. Engraved vignette of spread-eagle at top center, bank building below. Fine engraved vignette of the Chilean coast at left. A few folds. Couple of cut hole cancellations. Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5894
Price: $125.00

NewAtlantic and Pacific Railroad Bond Signed by Oliver Ames

1871, New York. $1000 Central Division Land Grant bond of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad Company bearing interest at 6%. Brown/Black with orange imprinted revenue at right. Large panoramic view of mountains and with steam locomotives and a riverside town. Litho. Signed on verso by OLIVER AMES (1807 - 1877). Manufacturer, Railroad promoter and official. Brother of Oakes Ames and involved with him in the famous Credit Mobilier scandal. Ames served as acting president of the Union Pacific RR from 1866- 68, succeeding John A. Dix and as a director until his death. Few men were better known in the industrial world during his time. Some archival tape repair at center fold on verso. Uncancelled and very good.
Catalog: # SB-5902
Topic: Railroad
Price: $350.00

NewB & O Railroad Stock Certificate Issued to and Signed by Stuyvesant Fish

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Stock Certificate Issued to and Signed by Stuyvesant Fish Stuyvesant Fish (1851-1923). Railroad executive. Fish was a member of a politically prominent New York family, his father having served as Ulysses Grant's Secretary of State. Fish himself was a prominent and successful businessman, holding executive positions in many companies. While he was President of the Illinois Central Railroad (1887-1906), it became one of the most prosperous railroads in the U.S. December 8, 1900. Stock certificate of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. issued to and signed on verso by Fish. Some light discoloration along the edge of a portion of the lower margin. Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5900
Topic: Railroad
Price: $75.00

NewBank of United States Check signed Jeremiah Wadsworth

Jeremiah Wadsworth (1743-1804). 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, during which time Washington wrote that, thanks to Wadsworth, "supplies had been good and ample." At the request of Rochambeau, Wadsworth served as commissary-general for the French troops until the close of the war. After the war, Wadsworth helped found, or was a director of, organizations such as the Bank of North America in Philadelphia, the United States Bank, and the Bank of New York. Document Signed. May 6, 1794. 1 page. 6 1/4" x 2 1/2". Check payable in the amount of $192.36. Accomplished by Wadsworth and signed by him as maker. Usual bank cut cancellation, all paper intact.
Catalog: # AM-3201
Topic: Early America
Price: $350.00

NewBenjamin Harrison Letter of State to the President of Nicaragua

Benjamin Harrison Letter of State to the President of Nicaragua Announcing Richard Cutts Shannon as Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy to the Republic of Nicaragua Benjamin Harrison (1833 – 1901). Twenty-third President of the United States. Document Signed. Washington, September 1, 1891. 2 pages. Both sides of a single sheet. 9” x 13 ½”. Letter of State declaring that the President has “made the choice of Richard Cutts Shannobn, one of our distinguished citizens to reside near the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua in the quality of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America…” Countersigned by William T. Wharton as Acting Secretary of State. Richard Cutts Shannon served in the Civil War following which he was appointed to a number of diplomatic posts as well as serving as a congressman. A fine letter of state boldly signed by Harrison. Folds. Fine condition.
Catalog: # P23-2
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $1400.00

NewCheck Signed by Hamilton Fish

Hamilton Fish (1808-1893). Fish served as an United States Senator and as Grant’s Secretary of State. Document Signed. 7” x 2 7/8”. New York, November 11, 1854. Partly-printed bank check drawn on the Bank of New York payable to Hamilton Fish in the the amount of $499.00. Signed by Fish as maker and endorsed by him on verso. Bank cut cancellation, all paper intact.
Catalog: # AM-3614
State: New York
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $75.00

NewCheck Signed by Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr.

Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr. (1764 – 1825). American politician from Ohio in the very early 19th century. Meigs first served on the Northwest Territory’s House of Representatives from 1799-1801. Following this position, Meigs Jr. was the Chief Justice for the Ohio Supreme Court. However, it was after these two positions that Meigs Jr.’s political career became more prominent. Meigs Jr. served as a United States Senator, Governor of Ohio, and the United States Postmaster General under James Madison. Both Fort Meigs and Meigs County, Ohio are named for Meigs Jr. Document Signed. 6 ½” x 2”. Washington, Feb. 28, 1819. Partly-printed check drawn on the Office of Discount and Deposit payable to R. M. Johnson (Possibly Senator and Future Vice-President Richard M. Johnson) in the amount of $4,946.67. Light bank cut cancellation. All paper intact. Couple mounting traces on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3082
Price: $225.00

NewCheck Signed by Silver Mining Magnate James G. Fair

James G. Fair (1831 – 1894). Mining engineer and businessman, one of the “silver kings”. U. S. Senator from Nevada. Document Signed. 8 ¾” x 3”. Virginia, Nevada, August 4, 1878. Partly-printed bank check drawn on The Nevada Bank of San Francisco payable to Mrs. T. Hughes in the amount of $147.50. Signed by Fair as maker.
Catalog: # AM-3615
State: Nevada
Topic: Mining
Price: $175.00

NewCheck Written and Signed by Secretary of Continental Congress Charles Thomson

CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824). Thomson was a wealthy merchant and the secretary to the Continental Congress from 1774 – 1789). He kept the records of the body and served many other necessary functions. Document Signed. 1 page. 6 ¼” x 2 ¼”. Partly-printed check drawn on the Bank of Pennsylvania payable to Grace Thomson in the amount of $100. Accomplished in his hand and signed as maker by Thomson. Usual cut cancellations Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3600
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $375.00

NewColonial Rhode Island Six Shillings Note

Colonial Rhode Island 6 shilling note. Fr# RI-296. 1786. UNC. Nice margins and a bold printing.
Catalog: # AM-3601
State: Rhode Island
Topic: Colonial Currency
Price: $275.00

NewCommercial National Bank of Charleston, South Carolina

1916. South Carolina. Stock certificate for 20 shares. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5889
State: South Carolina
Topic: Banking
Price: $49.00

NewCyrus Field Signed Check– Promoter of the Atlantic Cable

FIELD, CYRUS W. (1819-1892). Capitalist; Telegraphy pioneer; Promoter . Field was the driving force behind the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic ocean. After unsuccessful attempts in 1857-58, Field succeeded in laying a working cable between Ireland and Newfoundland in August 1858, only to have it fail four weeks later. He finally succeeded in laying a working cable in 1866. Field then went on to help establish elevated railroads in New York City, and to collaborate with Jay Gould in various railroad projects. Document Signed. 7 ¼” x 2 5/8”. New York, March 13, 1879. Partly-printed check drawn on the National City Bank payable to Colonel Geo. E. Waring, Jr. in the amount of $250.00. Attached adhesive revenue. Bank punch cancellation. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0547
Topic: Signed Checks

NewExplorer Frederick Albert Cook Promotes Stock in A Film Company

Frederick Albert Cook 1865 – 1940 was an American explorer, physician, and ethnographer, noted for his claim of having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This was a year before April 6, 1909, the date claimed by the American explorer Robert Peary, and the accounts were disputed for several years. TLS 2pp 8” x 10” Chicago May 11th, 1915. A typed letter signed “F A Cook” to My dear Wyckoff. …”I had hoped that you could at least accompany us on the “Round the World Tour” even if you did not care to plunge into the life enraptured wilderness about Mr. Everest. This would give you seven months of physical ease and mental recreation, but if you cannot make this possible, don’t you want to take a persona and financial interest in the motion pictures phase of the project?...Cook continues on promoting stock in The Orient Film Company "to make, market and hold, the motion pictures of the Mt. Everest and Around the World Expedition. Folds. In Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3433
State: Illinois
Topic: Business
Price: $350.00

NewJames Russell Lowell Signature Cut From A Letter

James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891). American poet, editor, diplomat. Signature cut from the conclusion of a letter. Overall 4” x 1 ¼”. “Very sincerely, yours, J. R. Lowell”. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3618
Topic: Literary
Price: $90.00


HARRY FOOTE HODGES (1860-1929), US Army officer. Served in the Spanish-American War and with the AEF in WW I. Also served as engineer in charge of locks, dams, and regulating works on the Canal, 1907. Autograph Letter Signed. Washington, D.C. March 21, 1915. 2 pp 5" x 8". On "War Department Office of the Chief of Engineers" letterhead to a Mr. Wheeler as he is about to command the North Atlantic Coast Artillery district: "...Thank you many times for your note of congratulation. It was very welcome. Of course we are greatly pleased with the promotion and circumstances surrounding it, albeit it takes me away from my engineering duties. We go shortly to Fort Fulton, at Willets Point, where I am to command the North Atlantic Coast Artillery district, extending along the coast to include Portland, Me. and the Southern entrance to New York Harbor. The news you give of David is rather startling. We hope most sincerely that his service will prove of benefit to himself, as it will to others, and that he will suffer nothing in person from his effort to be of help." Mounting traces to last empty page. Very Good.
Catalog: # AM-3599
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Military History
Price: $125.00

NewMobile and Girard Rail Road Company Bond

1866, Alabama. $500 bond bearing interest at 8%. Vignette of steam locomotive. Attached adhesive revenue. Punch cancelled and Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5893
State: Alabama
Topic: Railroad
Price: $85.00

NewPhilip Barton Key Details The Payments Due For The Purchase of Twelve Slaves – His Murder by Daniel Sickles was the First Successful Use of the Temporary Insanity Defense in American History

Philip Barton Key (1818 – 1859). U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Son of Francis Scott Key. He was murdered by Congressman Daniel Sickles who successfully utilized the temporary insanity defense for the first time in United States history. Document Signed. 2 pages, both sides of a single sheet. 8” x 13”. “Thomas Henry Johnson of the State of Louisiana, on the 26th March 1839, purchased from Mr. Jane Clements of Georgetown, District of Columbia, twelve certain Negros and for the payment of the price thereof, executed in favor of said Mrs. Jane Clements eleven promissory notes, nine of which remain unpaid…” The dates and amounts of the remaining notes are detailed. The body of the document is accomplished in a secretarial hand with Key signing at the conclusion.
Catalog: # AM-3604
Price: $350.00

NewPromissory Note Endorsed by Admiral David Farragut

DAVID FARRAGUT (1801-1870). An American admiral during the Civil War, Farragut is best remembered for his actions against New Orleans and Mobile Bay. He quipped “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” DS. 1pp. 8” x 3 1/2”. Washington D.C. Sept 28th 1866. A partly printed promissory note signed “D. G. Farragut” on the verso. A man agreed that “two months after date I promise to pay to the order of David G. Farragut Forty Dollars with Interest”. Black on thin white paper with an engraving of an allegorical woman in the top right corner and a steamship in the lower center. Farragut’s signature is dark and it is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-3603
Price: $375.00

NewPromissory Note Signed by N.H. Governor Ichabod Goodwin

Ichabod, Goodwin (1794 – 1882). Governor of New Hampshire. July 25, 1863. Promissory note signed by Goodwin with the Boylston Fire and Marine Insurance Company. Attached adhesive revenue stamp. Punch cancelled. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3617
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

NewSecurity Mortgage and Trust Company of Dallas Texas

1888, Texas. Stock certificate for 50 shares. Vignette of Texas Star. Litho. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5885
State: Texas
Topic: Banking
Price: $65.00

NewSigned Twice By Zebulon Pike of Pike’s Peak Fame

Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779 – 1813). American brigadier general, explorer. Pike’s Peak in Colorado is named after him. Document Signed. 1 page. 1809. 12” x 7 ¾”. While Pike was serving as a Major in the 6th Regiment of Infantry he certifies the accuracy of his pay and reimbursement for supplies due from “the 1st April to the 31 May 1809, Inclusive.” Signed twice, at lower right and left. Folds. Excellent Condition.
Catalog: # AM-3434
Price: $750.00

NewSimon Bernard – Napoleon’s General of Engineers – Designed U.S. Coastal Defenses

Simon Bernard (1779 – 1839). French general of engineers, aide –de-camp to Napoleon, left France for America after the 2nd abdication and became Brigadier-general of engineers in the U.S. Army to improve costal defenses. He designed Fort Monroe, Fort Wool, Fort Adams and Fort Morgan, among others. Document Signed. Washington, January 5, 1819. 7” x 2 ¾”. Partly-printed check drawn on the Office of Discount & Deposit of the Bank of the United States payable to General S. Bernard in the amount of $514.54. Endorsed on verso by Bernard . Some light mounting residue. Cut cancellation
Catalog: # AM-3609
Price: $225.00

NewSir Ernest Oppenheimer Autograph – Controlled DeBeers

Ernest Oppenheimer (1880 – 1957). Diamond and gold mining entrepreneur, financier. Founded Anglo American Corporation of South Africa and Controlled DeBeers, the diamond syndicate. Signed Album page. 6” x 4 ½”. The typescript at bottom indicates that he signed it at Johannesburg, South Africa on December 5, 1950. Fine autograph.
Catalog: # AM-3606
Topic: Mining
Price: $175.00

NewSouth Carolina Politician Pierce Butler References the Purchase of Slaves

Please to return my compts. to and thanks to Mr. Mien for his information respecting Mrs. Cunningham’s Negroes. If she saves them and makes a good use of them I am more gratified than by purchasing then. Pierce Butler (1744 – 1822). South Carolina planter and politician, delegate to the Constitutional Convention. A strong supporter of slavery, he was one of the largest slaveholders in America. ALS. 2 pages. Philadelphia April 22, 1807. Both sides of a single sheet. 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. Butler writes to an unknown recipient; Dear Sir, Your favour, no 37, dated April 4 received the 20th, I should have answered to it the same day had I not been indisposed. I could have no pre-knowledge of my debt to you, it therefore could not be intentional on my part; on the other side is an order on Mr. King to instantly send you fifty or sixty barrels of rice; which you will please to dispose of for cash to reimburse yourself. I would order more rice to you were the Market of Savanah even the last rice lay months, if I recollect right, undisposed of your correctness and method, if I say nothing of personal esteem, would induce preferring you to any other person, but you cannot control or command purchasors- there is a greater demand and more Capital in Charleston. I congratulate you on the prospect of an addition to your domestick happiness; and I sincerely hope that your children may prove blessings to yourself and Madam de Villers; to whom I beg to tender my best respects. I observe what you say respecting the shipping of cotton. In a letter I sent by water. I wrote you to ship my cotton to Messrs. Charles Taylor & Co. the House of Harrison and Co. having dissolved; having after that received a letter from Mr. Rich Harrison, I altered my first intention, and wrote a short letter resigning to have my cotton shipped to Mr. Rich Harrison Mercht., Liverpool the last you will please to regard. I shall be mindful of your desire respecting Doctor Grant. The Schooner York being solely under your order, I trust she will do well; and pay for herself. When you see Judge Jones and Mr. McKey, two amiable men, assure them of my sincere regard. Please to return my compts. to and thanks to Mr. Mien for his information respecting Mrs. Cunningham’s Negroes. If she saves them and makes a good use of them I am more gratified than by purchasing then. I trust nothing will prevent my seeing you in Savannah the first week in November. I remain with sentiments of esteem and regard, Your Friend, Pierce Butler”
Catalog: # AM-3279
Price: $750.00

NewSt. Louis Transfer Railway Company Stock Certificate

1885, Missouri. Stock certificate for 1 share. Brown with embossed gold company seal attached at left. Vignette at top center of steam locomotive being loaded at station. Litho. Trances of stub glue at left.Pen cancelled and very fine.
Catalog: # SB-5892
State: Missouri
Topic: Railroad
Price: $65.00

NewStock Certificate Issued to and Signed by Augustus G. Paine, Jr.

Augustus G. Paine, Jr. (1866-1947). Prominent paper industrialist and bank official. March 10, 1923. Stock certificate issued to Paine and endorsed by him on verso. Punch cancelled.
Catalog: # SB-5899
Topic: Industrial
Price: $45.00

NewStock Issued to Levi P. Morton and Signed by William C. Van Horne

The Cuba Company Stock Issued to Levi P. Morton and Signed by William C. Van Horne 1900, New Jersey. Stock certificate for 1 share of The Cuba Company Issued to but not signed by Levi P. Morton, Vice-President of the United States under Benjamin Harrison. Signed as president of the company by William C. Van Horne. VAN HORNE, WILLIAM C. (1843 1915). Railroad executive. From a successful early career in railroad, Van Horne developed the Chicago, Milwakee & St. Paul Railroad system into a major competitor of James J. Hill's Great Northern. Hill was so impressed with Van Horne's skills, he recommended the latter as a director of the Canadian Pacific Railway, a position which Van Horne accepted. "The story of the building of the Canadian Pacific is mainly a history of his achievements in overcoming stupendous difficulties . . ." (DAB). A long period of success and growth followed and Van Horne resigned in 1899, only to begin a series of South American and Cuban ventures of which this Cuba Railroad was one. MORTON, LEVI P. (1824-1920). Investment banker; Vice-President of the United States; Minister to France. Morton launched his banking firm in 1863 after a previous business failure brought on by worthless Southern debts. "His mastery of the uncertain trends of finance after the Civil War was so complete that, in the operations under the refunding law of 1870, his firm . . with its London agent . . found itself, with Drexel, Morgan & Company on the upward curve, supplanting in some measure the firm of Jay Cooke, that had for ten years been dominant in American finance" (DAB). Served as Vice-President under Benjamin Harrison from 1889-1893.
Catalog: # SB-5897
State: New Jersey
Price: $125.00

NewSuperb Album of CDV’s of The Connecticut State Legislature Including P.T. Barnum

A Superb Album of CDV’s of The Connecticut State Legislature Including P.T. Barnum Accompanied by A Letter Signed by The Showman BARNUM, PHINEAS T. (1810-1891). Circus showman. Without question, Barnum was the most famous showman of his time. He openly stated that the American public wanted to be "humbugged," and he rarely missed an opportunity to do so, much to the public's delight. He presented attractions which were enormously popular in their time, many of which live on today in stories of that era: the midget, General Tom Thumb; Jenny Lind's concert tour of the U.S.; and Jumbo the elephant. He co-founded the most famous circus in history, known today as the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. Active in politics in later years, he served for several years as a member of the Connecticut legislature, and one term as mayor of Bridgeport, CT. Photograph Album. The inscription reads “Members of Connecticut Legislature, 1865. Mr. Park B. Maine, With kind regards of, Mrs. Thomas W. Wheeler, North Stonington, Dec. 25, 1903." Clearly the period album was given to the recipient on Christmas day years after it’s assemblage. The names and ages of the legislators were pencil in to identify them. A CDV of P. T. Barnum and Barnum’s Collection of Curiosities remain in the album with a tipped in Letter from the showman on illustrated Lindencroft stationary. There are approximately 100 CDV’s, primarily the identified legislators and a number of additional unidentified tintypes and CDV’s of additional public figures and other unidentified people. A superb political history/photography item!
Catalog: # AM-3607
State: Connecticut
Topic: Government
Price: $2400.00

NewTexarkana Conductors’ Mutual Relief Association - Arkansas

1883, Arkansas. Stock certificate for 1 share. Steam locomotive vignette. Litho. Scarce. Fine
Catalog: # SB-5891
State: Arkansas
Topic: Railroad
Price: $95.00

NewThe Colony of Connecticut Pays For Transporting Vagrants

[Colony of Connecticut – Vagrants]. Connecticut. Feb. 2, 1764. 7 ½” x 8 ¼”. Colony of Connecticut Debter to Moses Averel Constable of Kent. For transporting vagrants from Kent to Litchfield one adams & his wife & four children by virtue of a warrant signed…persons were directed to Canterbury to victuals and lodging…one night…” Below, the town orders the Treasury of the Colony to pay the amount due. An interesting document related to homelessness during the Colonial period.
Catalog: # AM-3438
State: Connecticut
Topic: Early America
Price: $125.00

NewThe Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company

1865, New York. Stock certificate for 100 shares. 1865, New York. Certificate for 100 shares. Engraved vignette at top center shows a small oil town with derricks and the engraving on the left shows the unusual petroleum torpedo exploding inside a shaft. In extremely fine condition and very unusual.
Catalog: # SB-5895
State: New York
Topic: Oil and Gas
Price: $295.00

NewThe Union Investment Company of Mississippi

1888, Mississippi. Stock certificate for 30 shares. Vignette of eagle flanked by seated figures. Litho. Uncancelled. Very scarce.
Catalog: # SB-5886
State: Mississippi
Topic: Banking
Price: $95.00

NewTheodore Roosevelt Inscribes and Signs a Photograph to the President of Cuba

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919). Twenty-sixth President of the United States. Signed Photograph. 9 ½” x 13 ¼”. Roosevelt inscribes to the newly elected president of Cuba; “To President Jose Miguel Gomez with the high regard and good wishes of his friend, and Cuba’s friend, Theodore Roosevelt, Dec. 9th 1908.” Jose Miguel Gomez was elected in the first free elections in Cuba following the United States’ occupation which lasted from 1906 – 1909. A superb association of the two leaders. Some overall toning and surface defects at top.
Catalog: # P26-7
Condition: Fine
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $3900.00

NewThomas A. Edison, Inc. Stock Issued to and Signed Twice By Charles Edison

Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Stock Issued to and Signed Twice By Charles Edison 1946, New Jersey. Stock certificate for 10 shares of Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated issued to and signed twice by Charles Edison, as president and endorsed on verso. As Thomas Edison’s health began to decline, he needed to create measures to leave his family and investors financially supported. One measure he took to ensure this was the formation of Thomas A. Edison Inc on March 2, 1911. This corporation was a collection of all of the various companies Edison ran and operated prior to his health decline. The company allowed for his more profitable companies to continue to operate successfully and the less successful branches to enjoy more success with more capital for research. EDISON, CHARLES (1890-1969). Industrialist; Governor; Public Servant. Charles Edison was the son of Thomas A. Edison, the most successful and prolific inventor in U.S. history. While overshadowed by his father, Charles Edison was distinguished in his own right. During World War I he directed the manufacture of war materials, and later went on to become Secretary of the Navy (1939-1940) and Governor of New Jersey (1941-1944). Edison's father founded numerous companies and, during his active years, Charles Edison was heavily involved in many of these companies, Thomas A. Edison Industries being one such company. Always active in public affairs, Edison gave generously of his time, and was trustee of numerous public foundations and institutions.
Catalog: # SB-5898
State: New Jersey
Price: $125.00

NewThomas Lipton Type Letter Signed

Thomas Lipton (1850-1931). The Scottish-born Lipton started his career as a grocer’s clerk, but soon opened a chain of food stores. He entered the tea business and made a fortune, especially through the new medium of advertising. TLS. 1pp. 8” x 10”. London 16/9/1920. A typed letter signed “Thomas Lipton” to “Mr. Webster “of Paris: “…Very many thanks for your kind note enclosing your itinerary, and I note with pleasure that you will be in London about the second or third week in October when I shall look forward to the pleasure of seeing you and Mrs. Webster. I am very sorry I did not have the pleasure of seeing you in New York as I should have liked it had you been able to come see some the of the Races from my Yacht…”After making his fortune, Lipton turned his attention to yachting and unsuccessfully tried to win the America’s Cup five times. The letter has light staining and foxing. Bold Signature.
Catalog: # AM-3432
Topic: Business
Price: $50.00

NewUnion Brevet Brigadier General Frederick Townsend

Frederick Townsend (1825 – 1897). Union Brevet Brigadier General during the Civil War. Founded the 3rd New York Infantry. Document signed. 1 page. Albany. July 5, 1859. Certificate for claimant for audited and revised claim of Thomas Southard, Hempstead for continuing claims related to the War of 1812. Signed by Townsend while serving as Adjutant General of New York. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3616
State: New York
Topic: Civil War
Price: $65.00

NewWilliam Duer - Signer of the Articles of Confederation

William Duer Takes Control of Merchant Ship DUER, WILLIAM (1747-1799). Duer, a colonial merchant and financier, made money by owning New York forests and mills. He was a delegate to the Provincial Congress and the New York constitutional convention and signed the Articles of Confederation. He was a secretary of the Board of the Treasury, speculated in western lands and served as Assistant Treasury Secretary under Alexander Hamilton. In 1792, he was imprisoned for debt, which alone caused a financial panic in New York City. Autograph Note Signed. August 11, 1785. 7 ½” x 6 ¾”. To a Captain Seymour; “The bearer Captain Henry is authorized by me to take charge of the Vessel bought of you on my account by Mr. Stephen Sayre, the terms of which I will comply with. Wm. Duer” A docketing note on verso indicates the ship in question was the Schooner Julia. Some toning at folds. A nice early American Autograph.
Catalog: # AM-3605
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $450.00

NewWilliam Wilberforce ALS

William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a British politician, a philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807. In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire; Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt. ALS. 4 pages. 4 ½” x 7 ¼”. March 31, 1811. Written while a member of Parliament, Wilberforce apologizes for his busy schedule and late response to the correspondent, and mentions his work with the Penitentiary Committee and Dublin Brewer's Committee. The lower portion pages three and four have been trimmed only slightly affection the text and with the usual fold creases, else a bright, legible letter in very good condition. “I beg your pardon for having neglected so long to answer your note, but let me assure you that my not having done so has in no degree arisen from incivility at from any intentional inattention, but I have been so much engaged & so little able to foresee my times in the Penitentiary ( ) committee and indeed it has happened only unfortunately that I have never been able To attend the Brewers of Dublin Commtee. Tho’ much intwerested on that subject. I am going into Buck. Tomorrow fo ( ) holidays, but shall be happy to sse him when I return. ( ) will almost always find me at the hotel or in ( ) from 3 to 4. I sent would …I have been anxious to vindicate myself from ( ) of neglecting & have therefore humbled you… P.S. Tho’ I date from my hotel, I am really writing in a Committee roo at the House of Commons” Wilberforce letters are infrequently encountered.
Catalog: # AM-3276
Topic: Social History
Price: $650.00

NewWoodlawn Cemetery Company of Maryland Bond

Woodlawn Cemetery Company of Maryland Bond For $100 1907, Maryland. Bond for $100 bearing 6% interest. Litho. Lightly stamp cancelled and Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5901
State: Maryland
Price: $65.00

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