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Nelson Rockefeller Letter Signed as Governor of New York

Nelson Rockefeller was an American businessman and politician who belonged to the famous, wealthy Rockefeller family. Rockefeller served as both the Governor of New York from 1959-1973 and the Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford. Rockefeller also served various positions on administration boards for Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Rockefeller was a politically moderate, and as a Republican in his era that was incredibly rare. In fact, he was so unique compared to his extremely conservative Republican colleagues that other moderate Republicans inherited the name “Rockefeller Republicans.” During his time as Governor of New York, Rockefeller greatly expanded the State University of New York system and was one of the first politicians to address environmental protection. Rockefeller was personally selected by President Gerald Ford to be the Vice President following the Watergate scandal. Despite Gerald Ford appearing on the Republican ballot again in 1976, Rockefeller did not join him as he decided to make his retirement. Rockefeller’s greatest achievement in the field of business was forming the International Basic Economy Corporation in 1947. This piece is a typed letter from the State of New York Executive Chamber signed by Nelson Rockefeller as acting Governor of New York. The letter nominates one Louis Pelowski for the Workmen’s Compensation Board because of a death of one of the members. The piece is dated January 11, 1962.
Catalog: # AM-3088
Price: $75.00

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

Noted Engraver Neziah Wright

NEZIAH WRIGHT (1805-1873) Co-Founder of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, a prominent engraving house that produced banknotes and stamps. Partially Printed Document Signed, "Neziah Wright Engraver." One page, 7 3/4" x 9 7/8". New York. April 28th, 1846. The document is a certificate of delivery for "One package of bank Notes, for – Cuyler’s Bank ...” William Coe, acting as agent, has noted additional plates on blank third page of document. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1187
Topic: Business
Price: $75.00

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

Original Seven Mercury Astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton DS

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

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

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