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Harbour Auction

Early American Autographs
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Lot 1124

Marshall, John (1755-1835), ADS as Supreme Court Chief Justice, Dec 29, 1817 deposition written entirely in the hand of Marshall, the document starts, "U.S. District Court of Virginia to wit the foregoing depositions of Catherine Beusey & Margaret Hill were taken before me John Marshall chief Justice of the United States at my office in the city of Richmond…the depositions were reduced to writing by myself…", signed "J. Marshall, Ch. J. of the U.S.", some fold separation, Fine.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 1125

A. Hamilton, free frank signature at lower left of an 1789 folded cover to Machias Mass., "New - York nov 18" straightline postmark and matching "Free" rating handstamp; file folded, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 1126

Porter, Gen. Fitz John, Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac free frank envelope with franking signature of W.M. Dunn, M.C., addressed by Gen. Porter to his wife in New York City, postmarked Washington, D.C., Feb 13 (1862), docketing, presumably by his wife, reads "Washington Feb-12-62, Success of Burnside"; also one-page handwritten letter by Porter datelined New York, May 15, 1895, to a T.H. Clarke complying with a request for an autograph and including the autographs of "several prominent persons [not present] - which may aid to fill some vacant places in your collection". Porter was court martialled for his role in the Union Army's defeat at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run. The move was politically motivated and Porter was later exonerated.
Estimate 200 - 300
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