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Southern Writer Erskine Caldwell Signs A Check

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 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 Peter Stoutinburgh,Jr. N.Y. and that there is due to him the sum of sixty dollars 50/100 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

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

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 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

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

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