Lot 148: JOHNSON, ANDREW. Partly-printed Document Signed, as President,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: PRESIDENT CONGRATULATES EMPEROR ALEXANDER II OF RUSSIA JOHNSON, ANDREW. Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, authorizing the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to "the envelope of my letter to the Emperor of Russia." 1 page, 4to, with integral blank; minor loss to left edge, scattered remnants of prior mounting, folds. (MRS) Washington, 23 September 1868
Notes: The Alaska Purchase Treaty, negotiated in 1867 by Secretary of State William H. Seward on behalf of the U.S. with the Russian Emperor's minister, was known at the time as "Seward's Folly" by many who thought the purchase an unnecessary use of taxpayer money. On August 1, 1868, after much debate on the matter and disruption caused by the Johnson impeachment trial, the U.S. issued a treasury warrant to Russia in payment for the Alaska Territory.