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Auction Description for RR Auction: Rare Manuscripts, Documents and Autographs #393
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Please note this is an online auction. Bids to be received by 6pm on 17th October 2012. Please contact auction house for Terms & Conditions. www.invaluable.com/rrauction

Rare Manuscripts, Documents and Autographs #393

by RR Auction


1,554 lots | 1367 with images

October 17, 2012

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288

Email: Bobby.Eaton@RRAuction.com

Autograph - John Adams

Lot 1: Autograph - John Adams

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Description: John Adams Hand-addressed panel, 7.5 x 3, addressed by Adams to "The Honourable Benjamin W. Crowningshield, Secretary for the Department of the Navy, Washington," along with "Mr. Dix" to the lower left. Affixed to a slightly larger envelope with docketing from Dix. In very good to fine condition, with toning to the bottom edge, a vertical fold to the right side (writing unaffected), a small tear to the top edge, and some show-through from adhesive. Accompanied by an original carte-de-visite portrait of Adams from the Brady National Gallery.

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Lot 2: Autograph - John Quincy Adams

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Description: John Quincy Adams ALS signed "J. Q. Adams," one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, February 2, 1831. Letter to Joseph Blunt. In full: "Your order upon P. Thompson for the British Annual Register of 1829 has been delivered, but he has not the book, and I doubt whether it has yet reached this Country. The Volume of the New Monthly for 1829 has come to hand, but that of 1830 which you promised has not and the file of Bell's weekly Messenger which you sent me commences only in February-under these circumstances, I cannot put pen to paper which afflicts me much, for I hoped by this time to have got half through my Task-Do help me if you can, with some clue to begin with.The Politics of New-York are to me a Labyrinth without an Ariadne. It is useless to reason with Mason or Anti-Mason, each of them will have his way-The Clay-Masons so called for the mere pleasure of defeating the Anti-Masons, hitched themselves like Mules to the Car of the Regency, and dragged it in Triumph over the Necks of the Anti-Masons-They succeeded completely-They brought the enemy into the Citadel, and threw up their Caps at his Victory, as if it had been their own-They exulted-They insulted-And cried out to the Anti-Masons-'See what comes of your Anti-Masonry?-There you are-biting the dust-now come-turn short round-acknowledge yourselves knaves and fools and vote with us for the free and accepted Royal Arch-Mason Henry Clay.'-This is the ne plus ultra of political canvassing.I have no intercourse with the New-York Anti-Masons-I think none of them have called upon me this year-not even of those with whom I had been before acquainted-I see Masons-and Quasi-Masons-That is persons who side with them against what they think persecution-sometimes they tell me that the Anti-Masons are going down-That their Waterloo-defeat has broken them up-That their party is manifestly falling off and that they will drop into the Ranks of Mr Clay at the very next Election-At other times I hear that soothing words are spoken to them-That their aid and co-operation is solicited-That they are asked to forget the Election of Governor Throop-and to forgive the loss of Election to Congress of Judge Spencer, of Mr Dickinson, of Mr Cady, of Mr Martindale and perhaps of others-And that promises are made to them that they shall be better treated hereafter-I understand you that a compromise has been offered them-That is to say-Granger for Governor, and a Clay-Mason electoral ticket-Perhaps this may be accepted-But the Masonic Newspapers which support Mr Clay are as virulent as ever against Anti-Masons, and appear determined to reject their aid even if they offer it-There is perhaps some lurking Anti-masonry in the recent nomination of Judge McLean at Philadelphia.There will soon be a great splitting up of Parties in this Country-and European Politics will again influence ours.-Whoever looks for preferments will do well to mount the fence." After his signature, Adams adds "P.S.-I have received the second Part of American Annual Register Vol. 3." Intersecting folds, a few small repairs to fold separations at edges, a bit of scattered light soiling, and a thin transparent glassine strip along one vertical edge, otherwise fine condition.Blunt, like Adams, was a member of the Whig party who worked as the editor of the American Annual Register from 1827 to 1835. It was during his journalistic tenure that Adams sent this lengthy correspondence, three months after his election as a member of the US House of Representatives and two years after vacating the presidency. Much of Adams' frustration centered around the political turmoil created by the Anti-Masonic Movement, as he states, "It is useless to reason with Mason or Anti-Mason, each of them will have his way-The Clay-Masons so called for the mere pleasure of defeating the Anti-Masons, hitched themselves like Mules to the Car of the Regency, and dragged it in Triumph over the Necks of the Anti-Masons." Lamenting the political landscape even further, Adams sadly predicts, "There will soon be a great splitting up of Parties in this Country-and European Politics will again influence ours." Great and lengthy content as the former president looks toward the future internal conflicts of the nation.

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Autograph - John Quincy Adams

Lot 3: Autograph - John Quincy Adams

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Description: John Quincy Adams Hand-addressed and free franked address panel, 7 x 3, addressed by Adams to "Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boston," and franked in the upper right, "J. Q. Adams." Panel also bears a light, but legible "Free" stamp below the franking signature and a date stamp, "Feb. 11," to the left side. Matted and framed with a portrait of Adams to an overall size of 10 x 16. Light intersecting folds, including one touching a single letter of the signature, a uniform shade of toning, and an unobtrusive repair to paper loss along top edge, otherwise fine condition.

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Lot 4: Autograph - John Quincy Adams

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Description: John Quincy Adams Ink signature, "J. Q. Adams," on an off-white 2 x .75 slip. In very good condition, with moderate overall toning and wrinkling. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving of Adams and a small envelope with a notation that dates the signature to 1840.

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Autograph - Chester A. Arthur

Lot 5: Autograph - Chester A. Arthur

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Description: Chester A. Arthur Ink signature, "C. A. Arthur, June 25, 1881," on an off-white 4.25 x 2.75 card affixed to a slightly larger sheet. Scattered light toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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