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EAC Gallery Fall 2013 Internet Auction

by EAC Gallery


696 lots | 695 with images

October 31, 2013

www.eacgallery.com, NY, 11040 USA

Phone: 516-365-0600

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED--REGARDING THE POTOMAC COMPANY

Lot 1: GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED--REGARDING THE POTOMAC COMPANY

Description: First President, Commander-in-Chief Continental Army. Two-page, recto & verso, manuscript DS "Go: Washington", 4.25x7, Oct 18 1787 on one side Washington, George Gilpin & John Fitzgerald sign, approving a payment to James Smith for an expenditure of the Potomac Company. On the other side Smith signs a receipt from William Hartshorne, Treasurer of the Potomac Company, for the same amount, custom matted with black & white portrait engraving of Washington & a map of Washington Farms overall size 13.5x17, toning, light staining, split at fold. Of historical note, the Potomac Company was founded, at the suggestion of George Washington, for the purpose of improving the navigability of the Potomac River with Washington as it's first president. The Potomac Company built five skirting canals around the major falls. When completed it allowed boats and rafts to float downstream towards Georgetown, a major port of the time on the Potomac River, now in the District of Columbia. Also of note, both Fitzgerald & Gilpin were close friends & business associates of Washington, Fitzgerald was a Colonel during the Revolutionary War & served as an aide-de-camp on Washington's staff & Gilpin served as one of the Potomac Company's directors

Condition Report: EX

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED AS PRESIDENT-ELECT--CHOICE LETTER RESPONDING TO AUTOGRAPH REQUEST--PENNED BY

Lot 2: ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED AS PRESIDENT-ELECT--CHOICE LETTER RESPONDING TO AUTOGRAPH REQUEST--PENNED BY "THE FIRST CONSPICUOUS CASUALTY OF THE CIVIL WAR"!

Description: 16th President, led country through Civil War, assassinated. RARE, choice manuscript LS "A. Lincoln" AS PRESIDENT-ELECT, 5.25x3, Feb 6 1861, Springfield, Illinois to Mary Birchard responding to her autograph request: "Herewith I send you my autograph, which you request.", body of the letter handwritten by Elmer Ellsworth, mounted to larger display sheet. Of historical note, Elmer Ellsworth (1837-1861) a Chicago law clerk had gone to Springfield in August 1860 to study law in Lincoln's law office & later moved into the White House with President Lincoln. On May 24 1861, the day after Virginia seceded, as Colonel of the New York Fire Zouaves, Ellsworth led his men down the streets of Alexandria, across the Potomac from Washington. He noticed a Confederate flag flying atop the Marshall House Inn. Colonel Ellsworth cut it down & was fatally shot by the innkeeper, making him the first conspicuous casualty of the Civil War, Lincoln called Ellsworth "the greatest little man I ever met"

Condition Report: NM

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) WAR DATED DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT--RARE ARTILLERY MILITARY APPOINTMENT

Lot 3: ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) WAR DATED DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT--RARE ARTILLERY MILITARY APPOINTMENT

Description: 16th President, led country through Civil War, assassinated. WAR DATED, Feb 7 1862, military commission signed "Abraham Lincoln", 1.5x16.75, on vellum appointing "Octavian D. Perkins...Captain in the Fourth Regiment of Artillery", countersigned by Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War, blue Seal intact, outstanding military vignettes, fading to Lincoln's signature, though still clearly legible, light toning at edges, creasing

Condition Report: EX

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JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) REVOLUTIONARY WAR DATE DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF CONTINENTAL CONGRESS--ALSO SIGNED BY CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824) & PHILIP SCHUYLER (1733-1804)--JULY/AUGUST 1776 MILITARY COMMISSION

Lot 4: JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) REVOLUTIONARY WAR DATE DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF CONTINENTAL CONGRESS--ALSO SIGNED BY CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824) & PHILIP SCHUYLER (1733-1804)--JULY/AUGUST 1776 MILITARY COMMISSION "IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED

Description: First SIGNER DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, President Continental Congress, Governor. Historic WAR DATE, [circa July-Aug 1776 - just weeks after signing of Declaration of Independence], DS "John Hancock", countersigned "Chas Thomson Secy." & "Ph: Schuyler" as Major General Commanding, Schuyler also noting the effective date of Walker's commission in his hand "April 15 1776", however heading "Delegates of the United States" indicating it must have been issued & signed by Hancock after July 4 1776, 13.5x8.5, headed "In CONGRESS" & listing all 13 new "UNITED STATES", appointing "Robert Walker Esquire....third Captain in that Regiment of Foot commanded by Samuel Elmore Esqr. in the Army of the United States raised for the defence of American Liberty, and for repelling every hostile Invasion", on watermarked laid paper, light soiling, professionally affixed to heavier sheet of textured paper for protection, small holes at folds. Of historical note, in May 1776, Captain Robert Walker & his company, under the command of Ethan Allen & Benedict Arnold, with the Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga in a surprise attack. Also of note, July 29 1776 Congress resolved "That the returns of Colonel Elmore's regiment [which Walker was a part of], made into the war office by Brigadier General Wooster, be transmitted to General Washington, with blank commissions for the officers: And that General Washington be directed to order the said regiment to join him and that he fill up the said commissions, with the names of such officers as appear with their respective companies in the said regiment." The commission here offered was filled in and signed by John Hancock as President of Congress during that time frame

Condition Report: EX+

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GEORGE A. CUSTER (1839-1876) AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED--CHOICE, EXCEEDINGLY RARE SIGNED CHECK ENTIRELY ENGROSSED BY CUSTER THREE DAYS AFTER HAVING VOLATILE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN DISCUSSION

Lot 5: GEORGE A. CUSTER (1839-1876) AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED--CHOICE, EXCEEDINGLY RARE SIGNED CHECK ENTIRELY ENGROSSED BY CUSTER THREE DAYS AFTER HAVING VOLATILE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN DISCUSSION

Description: Civil War & Indian Wars general, killed at age 36 at Little Bighorn. Choice, exceedingly RARE Planters National Bank of Louisville check signed "G A Custer", 6.5x2.75, entirely engrossed in Custer's hand, dated "Sept 5 [187]2", made payable to "Cash" for "Thirty -" Dollars, colorful George Washington two cent Internal Revenue stamp attached lower left, neither very faint endorsement see-through nor bank cancellation cut are near Custer's dark, bold signature. Of historical note, Custer's 7th Cavalry was stationed at Taylor Barracks, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, from October 1871 to March of 1873 to put an end to illegal distilleries and to restrain the Ku Klux Klan and the bushwhackers. Three days before writing & signing this check General Custer at Galt House, was involved in the hotel's vestibule in a volatile presidential campaign discussion. Custer and his men left in the spring of 1873, when they were restationed in the West, ordered to the Dakota Territory to help protect surveyors from the Sioux as they were laying out the route for the proposed Northern Pacific Railroad

Condition Report: NM/EX+

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