Sale 258

Autographs and Historical Documents


Autographs: U.S. Presidents
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 1036
  Adams, John (1735-1826), 2nd President of the U.S. (and 1st Vice-President), a drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. 8 x 10 LS, Quincy, June 1, 1819, "to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company", declines invitation to their anniversary dinner at Faneuil Hall. "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to meet a Society which I have held in veneration from my earliest youth and to whom I attribute in a great degree that valour (Mi)litary skill science and discipline which has contributed (so) much to the present prosperity and glory of the United (St)ates". Regrets that his "uncommon age, and various infirmitys (sic) must be the apology". The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, founded in 1638, was the 1st military company chartered in the Western Hemisphere. Small gouge from seal removal at left causes some wording loss. Folds with some slight starts at two intersects.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 1037
  Buchanan, James (1791-1868), 15th President of the U.S. 7¼ x 4½ ALS while Minister to Great Britain, London, Dec. 6, 1855, 2pp. (1 sheet, both sides), to Nathaniel Hawthorne, then U.S. Consul in Liverpool. Buchanan discusses possible witnesses and testimony in a case of murder by a ship's 2nd Mate. Hawthorne's initialed "N. H." response to Buchanan notes that he has examined the witnesses and is satisfied that the mate would not be held for trial on a charge of murder and would not be handed over to Hawthorne by the British authorities. Hawthorne adds that the mate was arrested in New York and cleared. Pieces missing at left and right sides, top and bottom, not affecting Buchanan's signature, "N" of Hawthorne's initials is damaged. Overall tatty and toned, fragile, but excellent association.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1038
  Buchanan, James, 16 x 20 partly-printed DS as President, Washington, May 13, 1858, appointment of William McDaniels of California as Register of the Land Office for Humboldt, California, signed also by Interior Secretary Jacob Thompson. Blind embossed seal at lower left. Folds, slight separations at center fold intersects, staining at edges, light overall toning.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1039
  Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908), 22nd and 24th President of the U.S. 20 x 18 partly-printed vellum DS as President, Washington, March 10, 1887, commission of Felix McCurley as U.S. Navy Commander. Signed also by Navy Secretary Wm. C. Whitney. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom. Folds, light foxing, staining and soiling, worn blue Navy Dept. seal.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 1040
  Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874), 13th President of the U.S. 16 x 13¼ vellum partly-printed DS as President, Washington, July 12, 1852, commission of a U.S. Navy Midshipman, signed also by Navy Secretary William Graham, with Navy Department seal. Name of recipient has been erased and partly penciled in, folds.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1041
  Garfield, James A. (1831-1881), 20th President of the U.S. 1881, assassinated. 19½ x 15 DS as President, Washington, March 22, 1881 (18 days after taking Oath of Office), vellum commission for Louis J. Gulick as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Signed also by Navy Secretary Wm. H. Hunt. Folds, large blue seal, very good and a exceedingly rare signature as president.
Estimate 12,000 - 15,000

Garfield had been in office for less than four months when, on July 2, 1881, he was shot by a resentful attorney who had failed in his efforts to obtain a consular post. He died on September 19 of complications resulting from his wound. With a total presidential term of only 6½ months, two of which months were spent largely incapacitated, it is no wonder that Garfield's presidential signed documents.

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Lot 1042
  Garfield, James A., 8¼ x 5¼ partly-printed ALS while Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Washington, Feb. 10, 1877, to Miss Story, sends $5 for a season's contributing membership to the Thalian Club, asks that his children be allowed to witness the performance that evening.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1043
  Grant, U. S. (1822-1885), 18th President of the U.S., led Union Army to victory in Civil War, accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. 19 x 15 vellum DS as President, Washington, April 19, 1869, commission of George C. read as U.S. Navy Passed Asst. Paymaster, signed also by Navy Secretary Adolph Borie. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom, blue Navy Dept. seal cracked and missing few teeth. Light toning and foxing, slight soiling, matted with color portrait of Grant and metallic identification plaque, framed to 26 x 29.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 1044
  Grant, U. S. (1), Partly-printed 10 x 8 DS as President, Washington, May 5, 1870, blue-gray paper. Warrant to the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of Grant's letter to the Provisional Government of Paraguay accrediting John L. Stevens as Minister Resident. Slight age toning at folds, one slightly affecting the "t" in signature.
Estimate 400 - 500
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Lot 1045
  Harding, Warren G. (1865-1923), 29th President of the U.S., died in office. 14 x 18 photograph by Edmonston Studio of Washington of Harding and his Cabinet (two of whom later became Presidents) seated at a table in the White House Cabinet Room. Signed by Harding, Vice-President Calvin Coolidge, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes, Secretary of War John W. Weeks, Navy Secretary Edwin Denby, Attorney General Harry Daugherty, Interior Secretary Albert Fall, Agriculture Secretary Henry C. Wallace, and Secretary of Labor James J. Davis. Lightly yellowed, few slight spots at borders, slight lower right corner nick, good clear image with dark signatures, scarce and highly desirable early "Three Presidents" signed photograph.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 1046
  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845), 7th President of the U.S., General, defeated British at Battle of New Orleans. 17 x 13 partly-printed DS as President, Washington, March 7, 1834, appointment of John McNiel as Surveyor and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Boston, signed also by Secretary of the Treasury (later Chief Justice) Roger B. Taney. Light toning, folds, steel engraved American eagle vignette at top center, no departmental seal. Quadruple matted with: steel engraving of Jackson; brass martial eagle; bronze medallion of Jackson; series 1914 Federal Reserve Jackson $10 banknote; series 1993 Federal Reserve Jackson $20 banknote; for U.S. Andrew Jackson stamps; 1959 Hermitage (Jackson's Tennessee home) stamp pencil-addressed FDC; small portrait of McNiel; and two engraved metallic identification plaques, one for Jackson and one for McNiel. Framed to 30 x 43 overall (very heavy); a handsome display.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 1047
  Jackson, Andrew, 14 x 18½ vellum partly-printed DS as President, Washington, Feb. 20, 1832, commission of William H. Freeman as Brevet Colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps, signed also by Navy Secretary Levi Woodbury (later Supreme Court Justice). Engraved steel vignettes top and bottom, Navy Department seal. Slight blurring and shadowing to ink (probably from dampness), overall light toning, large and very nice 5¼" signature of Jackson. Jackson Marine Corps commissions are quite scarce.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 1048
  Jackson, Andrew, Partly-printed vellum 18 x 13 ½ DS as President, Washington, July 1, 1836, appointment of Stephen V. R. Ryan as Brigadier General of the Territory of Arkansas militia, countersigned by Secretary of War Lewis Cass with docket at upper left by Adjutant General R. Jones. With paper seal at top left, martial steel engravings at top and bottom, Some mild yellowing, folds (one passes thru one letter of signature).
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 1049
  Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826), 3rd President of the U.S. Virginia drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Vice-President 1797-1801. 9 x 7 ALS while Vice-President and president-elect, April 10, 1801, to Fulwar Skipworth, U.S. Consul in Paris. Letter of introduction for bearer, Louis Buchanan Smith, son of Senator Smith "now acting as Secretary of the Navy". Young Smith proposes to visit Europe, and Jefferson acknowledges that "the state of my acquaintance in France, at present, not enabling me to give him letters, I will ask the favor of you to supply for him that deficiency." Jefferson resided in Paris from 1784-1789 at the end of the reign of the deposed and executed Louis XVI. Neatly inlaid. Magnificent condition.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

Robert Smith served Jefferson as Secretary of the Navy 1801-1809 and as Attorney General 1805, and was Madison's Secretary of State 1809-1811.

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Lot 1050
  Jefferson, Thomas, 18 x 14 vellum DS as President, Washington, Jan. 16, 1808, commission of Lewis Herrmann as a Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, signed also by Navy Secretary Robert Smith. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom with official seal. Folds, Jefferson signature a trifle light. Navy documents with vignettes signed by Jefferson are quite scarce.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500
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Lot 1051
  Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963), 35th President of the U.S., assassinated. 19 x 23 partly-printed DS as President, appointment of Barbara Archibald Wilcox of Oregon as a Member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations for two-year term, signed also by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, large paper seal. Two folds,very slight overall toning. Rare and desirable authentically signed J.F.K. presidential document.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 1052
  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865), 16th President of the U.S., assassinated. 20 x 15 partly-printed vellum DS as President, Washington, July 7, 1864, commission of John E. Parsons as Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers in the U.S. Army with the rank of Captain. Signed also by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom, blue War Dept. seal at top left. Folds, some slight offset from folding. Also includes Parsons' discharge as Colonel of Penna. 187th Infantry Regiment; his 1894 handwritten summary of his service and promotions on his business letterhead; and copy of General Order No. 5, Philadelphia, April 21, 1865 noting Parsons' service as part of the Philadelphia escort for President Lincoln's remains. Four items.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500
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Lot 1053
  McKinley, William (1843-1901), 25th President of the U.S., assassinated. 18 x20 partly-printed vellum DS as President, Washington, July 22, 1901, commission of Raymond D. Hasbrouck as U.S. Navy Lieutenant. Signed also by Navy Secretary John D. Long. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom. Light folds, vertical crack to blue seal.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1054
  Nixon, Richard M. (1913-1994), 37th President of the U.S. Three signed covers: 1969 Inauguration Day cover with portrait; 1972 Russian space cover commemorating Nixon's visit to Moscow and signing of U.S.-U.S.S.R. Space Treaty; 1969 Apollo-11 first man on the moon cacheted cover with Apollo 8 stamp postmarked July 20, 1969.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1055
  Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869), 14th U.S. President. 10 x 8 partly-printed DS as President completed in another hand, Washington, Nov. 21, 1854. Authorization to the Secretary of State to Affix the Seal of the United States to a treaty concluded with the Shawnee Indians on May 11, 1854. Mild age toning at folds, one of which passes through the very top part of Pierce's signature, Presidential documents relating to Indian treaties are quite scarce and highly desirable.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 1056
  Pierce, Franklin, 14½ x 18 partly-printed vellum DS as President, Washington, Oct. 2, 1855, commission of Wm. P. Nicholson as U.S. Navy Captain, signed also by Navy Secretary J. C. Dobbin. Steel engraved vignettes top and bottom, orange Navy Dept. seal. Folds, light yellowing and foxing.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1057
  Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945), 32nd President of the U.S., died in office. 15 x 20 partly-printed DS as President, Washington, May 12, 1941, appointment of Granville T. Norris of Oklahoma as U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, signed also by Attorney General Robert H. Jackson (later Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg War Crimes prosecutor). Gold foil Justice Department seal.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1058
  Roosevelt, Franklin D., 7 x 9 TLS as President on green White House letterhead, Nov. 2, 1939, to E. E. Boone, Jr., Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Georgia. Roosevelt tells Boone that he shall miss him when he is in Warm Springs and sends his appreciation for all he did at the Foundation. FDR, who contracted polio in 1921, was Warm Springs' most famous client, and he died there on April 12, 1945. With unsigned cacheted 1933 Inauguration Day cover with portrait of FDR "a stamp collector".
Estimate 400 - 500
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Lot 1059
  Roosevelt, Franklin D., 10 x 8 TLS as governor of New York, official letterhead, Albany, N.Y. (New York city), Dec. 15, 1930, to John E. Cooper & Co., Albany, requests two items be sent to him at the Executive Mansion. Attractively matted with color portrait and framed with metallic identification plaque to 15½ x 10 overall. Handsome presentation.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 1060
  Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919), 26th President of the U.S., Cavalry commander Spanish-American War ("Rough Riders"), Vice-President 1901 20 x 15½ partly-printed vellum DS as President, Washington, Feb. 18, 1904, commission of Charles B. Hatch as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, Jr. Grade. Signed also by Acting Navy Secretary Charles Darling. Blue seal, nice steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1061
  (Six Presidents' signatures), 1925 souvenir 50th anniversary book published by the American Silk Label Mfg. Co. of New York. The inside right pastedown is a silk copy of the Declaration of Independence while the inside left pastedown, explaining the facsimile, bears the signatures of six U.S. Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton (who adds "9-22-94" date while President). Very nice and uncommon assemblage.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 1062
  Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972), 33rd President of the U.S., ordered atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, won UN approval to expel North Korean troops from South Korea, Vice-President 1945 13½ x 8½ partly-printed DS as President, Washington, June 22, 1950, 2pp., pardon for Sidney M. Feldman of Maryland, convicted of violating Sect. 338, Title 18 of the U.S. Code and sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine in 1943. signed also by Attorney General J. Howard McGrath, red Justice Department seal. Very slight smear at "u" in signature. Truman pardons are quite scarce.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 1063
  Tyler, John (1790-1862), 10th President of the U.S., succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of William Henry Harrison. 4 x 5¼ ALS, 2½pp. (one sheet folded), May 30, 1861 (Ricmond), writes to F.H. Alfriend who is looking for a position in the Virginia Confederacy, suggests that Alfriend might "take part in the effort being made to raise the Wise Legion". Also includes the manuscript-franked cover in which the letter was mailed postmarked Richmond, May 31, 1861, the last day of operation of the U.S. Post Office in the seceded states, significant both historically and philatelically.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

After leaving the White House, Tyler returned to his home state of Virginia, where he had served as governor, 1825-27, and U.S. Senator, 1827-36. He became a strong supporter of secession and was elected to the C.S.A. Congress, though he died before taking his seat.

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Lot 1064
  Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862), 8th President of the U.S. successfully opposed annexation of Texas, Vice-President 1833-1837 18 x 15 vellum partly-printed DS as President, Washington, Oct. 2, 1837, commission for William E. Coale as U.S. Navy Assistant Surgeon, signed also by Navy Secretary Mahlon Dickerson. Steel engraved vignettes at top and bottom, and Department seal. Lightly soiled at lower right, handsomely matted with steel engraved portrait and metallic identification plaque and beautifully framed to 26 x 29 overall.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 1065
  Van Buren, Martin, 10 x 8 LS as Vice-President and President of the Senate, Senate Chamber, Washington, Dec. 10, 1835, 1½pp., to Henry W. Edwards, Governor of Connecticut, informing him of the death of Connecticut U.S. Senator Nathan Smith on December 6th, and suggesting he speedily replace him in the Senate, with free franked integral address leaf (a complete free-franked folded letter).
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1066
  Washington, George (1732-1799), 1st U.S. President, led American Army in Revolutionary War. 9 x 7 ALS while Virginia Delegate to the Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, June 8, 1787, to Roger Alden, Secretary to the Congress. Washington thanks Alden and the members of Congress for regularly forwarding to him copies of the Gazettes of New York. Very good, light toning at the edges from prior matting. With integral address leaf in Washington's hand (a complete folded letter).
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 1067
  Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924), 28th President of the U.S., maintained US neutrality for most of World War I, led U.S. delegation to Paris Peace Conference 1919; conceived League of Nations 18 x 14 partly-printed DS as President, Washington, Nov. 9, 1915, appointment of J. William Byron as Postmaster of Concord, Mass. Signed also by Postmaster General A. S. Burleson. Slightly cracked seal, light soiling and mild staining, Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 1068
  Wilson, Woodrow, 8 x 9 TLS as Governor on State of New Jersey Executive Department letterhead, Oct. 23, 1911, sending his autograph to a West Virginia man.
Estimate 200 - 300
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Lot 1069
  Wilson, Woodrow, 7¾ x 10½ TLS while professor at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, June 21, 1897, to Wm. Nelson. Wilson has gotten permission from Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers of his "Essays", for re-publication of Wilson's address on "The Course of American History" in his Proceedings. Wilson taught and wrote on American history.
Estimate 200 - 300
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