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Collectibles Auction

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Platinum House

964 lots | 941 with images

November 9, 2013

Live Auction

11400 W. Olympic Blvd.

Suite 800

Los Angeles, CA, 90064 USA

Phone: 310.551.2646

Fax: 310.551.2626

964 Lots
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[John Quincy Adams] Presidential Election of 1824

Lot 1: [John Quincy Adams] Presidential Election of 1824

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Description: [adams, John Quincy] Presidential Election of 1824. Autograph letter written by James Strong, U.S. representative from New York (1819-31), 2 1/4 pp, 7 x 9 in., Washington, Mar. 29, 1824. To Aaron Vanderpoel in Kinderhook, N.Y. In part: "...I cannot tell you who will be president. I suppose no mortal can tell. One of our members told me today that Virginia would give up Mr. Crawford if N.Y. did not go for him...Virginia is much divided and...in as fine a pickle as N.Y....If Mr. Adams can get the vote of N.Y. it is the better opinion here, that he will stand the best chance of being elected--next in order Gen. Jackson, Mr. Crawford, & Mr. Clay....The democratic party has divided upon the question of president and I have no doubt this division is irreconcileable....It must inevitably result in two great national parties...." More interesting content. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Bush, George W

Lot 2: Bush, George W

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Description: Bush, George W. (1946 -) 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009). May 2, 2011 issue of The Dallas Morning News signed by former President Bush in black felt pen. The headline reads: " Bin Laden dead" and the photo shows a crowd celebrating in front of the White House. President Bush's signature was obtained in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University on May 10, 2011. Estimated Value $500 - 600.

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Bush, George W

Lot 3: Bush, George W

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Description: Bush, George W. September 12, 2001 issue of The New York Times signed in blue felt pen on the front page. The headline reads: "U.S. ATTACKED. HIJACKED JETS DESTROY TWIN TOWERS AND HIT PENTAGON IN DAY OF TERROR." Color photos of the World Trade Center on fire and after its collapse are among the front-page images. President Bush's signature was obtained at the Borders bookstore in Dallas, Texas, on November 9, 2010. Estimated Value $500 - 600.

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Bush, George W

Lot 4: Bush, George W

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Description: Bush, George W. Magazine signed and inscribed as President, "To Bill / Best wishes / George Bush / Jan. 30, 2004," 8 x 11 in. The June 1999 issue of Texas Monthly features "A Special Report on the Man Who Would Be President," and pictures a young George W. Bush. Signed in silver marker. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Bush, George W

Lot 5: Bush, George W

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Description: Bush, George W. Card engraved "The President / Crawford, Texas" with a Presidential Seal, signed boldly in blue marker, 7 1/4 x 4 in. Accompanied by the unused mailing envelope engraved "The President" in the upper left corner and with a Presidential Seal on the flap. President Bush signed the card on Oct. 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Estimated Value $200 - 300.

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Carter, Jimmy

Lot 6: Carter, Jimmy

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Description: Carter, Jimmy. (1924 -) 39th President of the United States (1977-1981). Autograph letter signed as President, on The White House letter letterhead, one page, 6 x 8 in., Washington, April 22, 1977. "To Joe Hall Thanks for your good advice on the space and energy programs. Jimmy Carter." One scratch under the "J" in "Joe"; the letter has been professionally coated for preservation. Carter ALSs as President are rare. Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,500.

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Cleveland, Grover

Lot 7: Cleveland, Grover

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Description: Cleveland, Grover. (1837-1908) 22nd and 24th President of the United States ((1885-89, 1893-97). Autograph letter signed as President, one page, 7 x 8 in., Gray Gables, Buzzards Bay, Mass., Aug. 20, 1893. To J.S. Juno of Schenectady, New York, thanking him for a "handsome, useful pocket knife" and adding, "If we both try hard, I believe we can prevent the consequences supposed to follow such a gift and avoid cutting our friendship." Letter is inlaid. Fine. With transmittal envelope. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Cleveland, Grover

Lot 8: Cleveland, Grover

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Description: Cleveland, Grover. Autograph letter signed, on his law firm's letterhead, one page, 8 x 10 1/2 in., New York, Sept. 13, 1889. To Dr. Edward C. Mann, president of the New York Academy of Anthropology, acknowledging the importance of the Academy's work and regretting that he cannot give a lecture there because "having again entered upon the practice of the law it will be impossible for me to do my duty to others and myself and acceptably comply with your request." Mounting remnants on verso and some soiling, else very good. Cleveland had finished his term as 22nd President six months earlier. He would run again in 1892 and be selected as our 24th President (the only person to serve non-consecutive terms), serving from 1893 to 1897. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Cleveland, Grover

Lot 9: Cleveland, Grover

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Description: Cleveland, Grover. Autograph letter signed as Governor of New York, on "Executive Mansion, Albany" stationery, 1 1/2 pp, 4 x 7 in., Nov. 21, 1884. To D.J. Hagerty, thanking "the journeymen hatters of Brooklyn who presented me with the beautiful specimen of their work as handicraft. I especially prize it as a token of the confidence they have in my friendship to them and as an evidence of their appreciation of my efforts...to protect their interests...." Light soiling, else fine. Cleveland had been chosen in July 1884 as the Democratic presidential nominee, in spite of the revelation of his affair with Maria Halpin, to which he candidly admitted. He was unmarried, which was a plus, and his honesty was a refreshing change. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Clinton, Bill

Lot 11: Clinton, Bill

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Description: Clinton, Bill. (1946 -) 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001). Ticket to be part of the audience for the television show "Face to Face With Bill Clinton," signed and dated on the back as the Democratic presidential nominee, Aug. 25, 1992. The ticket is in a plastic holder with room for a clip at top. Signed in black marker. Estimated Value $250 - 350.

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Coolidge, Calvin

Lot 12: Coolidge, Calvin

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Description: Coolidge, Calvin. (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States (1923-1929). Autograph letter signed as Governor of Massachusetts, on official letterhead, 1 1/2 pp, 5 x 6 in., Boston, n.d. (c. 1919-21). To Mr. Bailey, "If Mr. Wadham desires to present invitation tell him to do it by letter. If he has other business I can see him Dec. 20 P.M. I am at Plymouth Dec. 21...." Minor soiling; letter is inlaid. Large signature. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Coolidge, Calvin

Lot 14: Coolidge, Calvin

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Description: Coolidge, Calvin. Partly-printed check signed as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Northampton Mass., Sept. 4, 1917. Written on The Hampshire County National Bank and paid to the Union Club of Boston for $1.65. Fine; cancellation holes touch the top of the "C" in "Calvin." Estimated Value $150 - 200.

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Coolidge, Calvin and Grace

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Description: Coolidge, Calvin and Grace. Large signature of Calvin Coolidge cut with closing from a letter, 5 1/4 x 2 1/4 in., n.p., n.d. With a free frank of Grace Coolidge on an envelope with 1954 Northampton, Mass. cancellation. Estimated Value $150 - 200.

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Eisenhower, Dwight D

Lot 16: Eisenhower, Dwight D

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Description: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969) 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). Archive of 57 letters totalling 64 pages, written between 1949 and 1968 to Don Belding of the advertising agency Foote, Cone, and Belding in Los Angeles. Fifty-six are typed letters signed, one is an autograph letter signed (1964), one has a holograph postscript, and an agenda from a directors' meeting of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge has a self portrait, a mike, and other small drawings by Ike, signed with his full name. The letters encompass Eisenhower's tenure as president of Columbia University, as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, as presidential candidate, as President, and the years after the presidency. Belding was a big supporter of Eisenhower and also got him involved in the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a non-profit education organization founded in 1949. Sixteen typed letters are signed as President, on The White House stationery, for a total of 19 pp, cuarto, written between Feb. 17, 1953 and Oct. 7, 1958. Five are signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower," ten are signed "DE" and one is signed in type. Among the letters signed while Eisenhower was not president, nine are signed in full, two are signed "Eisenhower," one is signed "Ike," 22 are signed "D.E.," and seven are signed "D.D.E." The letters are in fine condition and many have transmittal envelopes.There are many pleasantries exchanged in the letters, but also matters of substance. In a 1952 letter, Ike thanks Belding for "suggesting a more positive approach to the psychological warfare program." In 1953, "You propound an interesting and provocative thesis in suggesting that those tenets common to all the world's great religions be used as the basis for our psychological warfare approach." In 1954, he thanks Belding for sending "the original of General Order #16 issued by Mead Quarters Defences on June 22, 1864," and in 1955, for sending him "one of the copies of the watch believed to have been used by General Washington at Valley Forge." In May 1958, the President writes a long, important letter detailing his plan "to secure legislation under which the Defense Department may be organized to meet modern security requirements with maximum efficiency and minimum cost." Much excellent content, including his belief that "the Secretary of Defense must, under broad policies prescribed by the Congress, make sure that the Defense establishment operates under single direction, is responsive to changing needs, and is in addition economically administered." In July 1958, he reports that "the Defense Reorganization plan has been passed...very much in the form I proposed it to the Congress." In October 1958, he lays out the reasons he hopes the 86th Congress will be "solidly Republican in character" and attaches an entire page with a list of 18 accomplishments of his administration, including the Korean war stopped, satellites launched, Social Security coverage expanded, unemployment insurance expanded, inflation braked, new interstate super highways, and numerous others. In another important letter as President (May 14, 1960), he fears that the mutual security problem is endangered, stating "At stake here are the NATO and SEATO alliance structures, and the defense postures of South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Pakistan. Also...the strivings of hundreds of millions of people who look to us...."The post-presidential letters, written from Gettysburg or Palm Desert, include much information about his involvement as chairman of the Freedoms Foundation; one letter (Feb. 24, 1964) reports on his chat with President Johnson about the Foundation and his efforts to get LBJ involved. Ike also agrees to be Grand Master of the Tournament of Roses (1963), and in the last couple of letters in 1968, writes about his recurring health problems. He would die on March 28, 1969. Overall fine condition. Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.

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Eisenhower, Dwight D

Lot 17: Eisenhower, Dwight D

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Description: Eisenhower, Dwight D. Typed letter signed as President, on The White House letterhead, 6 x 9 in., Washington, Sept. 22, 1959. To C.W. Young, Chairman of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans, thanking Young for copies of two resolutions adopted by his group. "I am grateful to all of you for your support of the principles for which I stand...I appreciate very much the sentiments expressed in your more than kind accompanying letter." Fine. Estimated Value $600 - 800.

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Fillmore, Millard

Lot 18: Fillmore, Millard

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Description: Fillmore, Millard. (1800-1874) 13th President of the United States; as Zachary Taylor's Vice President, he assumed the presidency upon the death of Taylor on July 9, 1850 and served until March 4, 1853. Autograph letter signed as President, one page, 5 x 8 in., Washington, Oct. 31, 1851. To Thomas King: "Sir, You have manifested so strong a desire to obtain my autograph that, contrary to my usual practice, I send it...." Minor toning and small tape remnants on fold edges on verso, else fine. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $600 - 800.

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Ford, Gerald and Hope, Bob

Lot 19: Ford, Gerald and Hope, Bob

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Description: Ford, Gerald and Hope, Bob. (1913-2006) 38th President of the United States; as Richard Nixon's Vice President, he assumed the presidency upon Mr. Nixon's resignation on Aug. 9, 1974 and served until Jan. 20, 1977. Photo signed and inscribed, "Best regards, Jerry Ford," 8 x 10 in. Also signed and inscribed, "To A. Lovell Elliott - 'Thanks for the memory' My Best Bob Hope." Photo from Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Both Hope and Ford signed in black marker. Very fine. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Garfield, James A.

Lot 20: Garfield, James A.

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Description: Garfield, James A. (1831-1881) 20th President of the United State (1881). Autograph letter signed as U.S. Congressman from Ohio, on official letterhead, 1 1/2 pp, Washington, June 19, 1878. To Glenn W. Scofield, Register of the Treasury, asking for favorable consideration for Mr. Jabez Fox, a poor clergyman who worked as a clerk in the Treasury office and was "mainly dependant upon his salary in your office." Minor soiling, else fine. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Grant, Ulysses S

Lot 21: Grant, Ulysses S

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Description: Grant, Ulysses S. (1822-1885) 18th President of the United States (1869-1877). Autograph document signed "U.S. Grant / 1st Lt., 4th Inf. / Reg'l Q.M.," one page, blue ruled paper, 8 x 10 in., Detroit, Michigan, Mar. 7, 1850. To Maj. Gen. T.S. Jesup, Quartermaster General U.S.A., "I have the honor to enclose to you my Summary statement for February, 1850...." Fine; partial lower fold separation affects nothing. Written just under three months before the birth of his first child and before Grant's posting to the West Coast, which would begin a lonely period in his life. Estimated Value $500 - 600.

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Harrison, Benjamin

Lot 22: Harrison, Benjamin

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Description: Harrison, Benjamin. (1833-1901) 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893). Autograph letter signed as U.S. senator from Indiana, on letterhead from his law firm, one page, 5 1/4 x 9 in., Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 9, 1882. To Joseph R. Hawley (1826-1905), who had been a general in the Union Army, had served as governor of Connecticut and was currently a U.S. senator from Connecticut. Harrison says he is coming to Connecticut "to fill a series of engagements" and writes of the urgent political situation, as the election of 1882 approaches. Very good; letter is inlaid. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Harrison, Benjamin

Lot 23: Harrison, Benjamin

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Description: Harrison, Benjamin. Typed letter signed, "Benj Harrison" on stationery of "Law Office of Harrison, Miller & Elam," one page, 7 x 5 1/2 in., Indianapolis, Ind., May 14, 1887. To Mrs. Harriet Taylor Upton, giving the address of his sister, Mrs. Bettie Eaton, in North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio. Very good; closed tear affects the "n" in "Harrison"; a second closed tear affects one letter of text. Harrison served in the Senate from March 4, 1881, to March 4, 1887. He reentered the political fray in 1888 and won the Republican presidential nomination and the election. Estimated Value $200 - 300.

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Harrison, William Henry

Lot 24: Harrison, William Henry

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Description: Harrison, William Henry. (1773-1841) 9th President of the United States (1941). Signature cut from a document which was signed ("W.H. Harrison") as President, 5 x 2 in. (between March 4-April 4, 1841). Countersigned by Daniel Webster ("Danl Webster") as Secretary of State. Paper is toned and affixed to a 10 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. board, to which an engraving of Harrison was affixed (now loose), above the signatures.William Henry Harrison's father, Benjamin, was Governor of Virginia and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence; his grandson, Benjamin, would become the 23rd President of the United States. William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after one month in office; consequently, his is the rarest of all Presidential signatures. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), the great orator, was senator from New Hampshire, then Massachusetts, and served as Secretary of State under Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore. Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.

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Harrison, William Henry

Lot 25: Harrison, William Henry

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Description: Harrison, William Henry. Autograph document signed "Wm. H. Harrison" as Aide de camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, 8 x 2 in., Jan. 8, 1795. "The Quarter master ples to issue fifteen Rashens of Wiskey for the res of the Speis at Greenville..." The docket on the verso notes, "...13 Ras Spies." Written on part of a page of laid, watermarked paper. Very good; light toning, uneven top edge, and tiny tape remnants in lower corners, affecting nothing. Harrison fought in the Northwest Territory Indian Wars from 1791-1798, winning the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. He was present at the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in August, 1795, which signified the final surrender of the Native Americans in the Ohio Territory. Estimated Value $600 - 800.

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Hayes, Rutherford B

Lot 26: Hayes, Rutherford B

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Description: Hayes, Rutherford B. (1822-1893) 19th President of the United States (1877-1881). Autograph letter signed ("R.B. Hayes"), one page, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., Fremont, O[hio], June 24, 1886. The former President writes to Mrs. Laura C. Holloway of Brooklyn, sending a plate of the engraving of Mrs. Hayes preferred by Mrs. Holloway for use in her book (The Ladies of the White House). The former president and his family prefer a Sarony photograph but leave the choice up to Mrs. Holloway; they will, however, send her corrections of "a few errors of fact." Because she was a teetotaler and served no alcohol in the White House, Mrs. Hayes was known to the country as "Lemonade Lucy." Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Hoover, Herbert

Lot 27: Hoover, Herbert

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Description: Hoover, Herbert. (1874-1964) 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). Autograph letter signed ("H C Hoover"), one page, on stationery engraved, "H.C. Hoover / 604 Mills Building and No. 1 London Wall Buildings / London, E.C." 8 1/2 x 11 in., San Francisco, May 13, 1913. Written in pencil to Timothy Hopkins, president Stanford University's trustees, "Dear Mr. Hopkins: I attach hereto the correspondence [not present] with Dr. Jordan regarding the definition of his position together with the memorandum which we settled with him as it is probable that these documents should go into the Trustees files." In a postscript, he writes, "I am tonight telegraphing the resolutions to Branner." John Caspar Branner was president of Stanford from 1913 to 1915; he was also Stanford's first professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Mining, which was Hoover's field. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

Lot 28: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

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Description: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover. Photo signed by both, 6 1/2 x 10 in., n.p., n.d. A full-length portrait in a wooded environment with an American flag in the background, signed across the bottom. The President signed across his and his wife's light clothing; she signed across the ground below. The Hoovers met while both were studying at Stanford University. Soon after their marriage, they went to China, where Hoover worked as a professional mining engineer. Both of the Hoovers learned Mandarin Chinese and sometimes used it in later life when they didn't want others to understand what they were saying. Lou Henry Hoover was the first First Lady to make regular, nationwide radio broadcasts to the American public. Fine. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

Lot 29: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

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Description: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover. Photo signed by both, 6 1/2 x 10 in., n.p., n.d. A full-length portrait in a wooded environment with an American flag in the background, Both the President and Mrs. Hoover signed on the ground below their feet. Fine. Hoover, a mining engineer, and his wife Lou, a geologist and linguist, translated the 1556 mining classic De re metallica from the Latin. Their important scholarly version was published in 1912 and is still in print today. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Jefferson, Thomas

Lot 30: Jefferson, Thomas

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Description: Jefferson, Thomas. (1743-1826) 3rd President of the United States; principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Autograph letter signed "Th: Jefferson," one page, 7 x 5 1/2 in., Monticello, May 10, 1818. To Mr. James Rawlings regarding unpaid insurance on Monticello. In full:"Sir Yours of Mar. 21 came to hand in the moment of my departure on a journey from which I am but just now returned, or the answer should not have been so long delayed. These arrearages have occurred from inattention partly, but chiefly from the circumstances that no agent has applied for them. I now inclose an order on Mr. Gibson for 71.90 insurance & interest from 1814 to 1818 inclusive on my house at this place, and if I could be reminded, or recollect it myself annually, it should be punctually paid in Richmond in the same way. I tender you the assurance of my respect. Th: Jefferson."Thomas Jefferson carried a substantial burden of debt for much of his lifetime. He lived beyond his means, spending copious amounts on furnishings, building projects, farm implements, books, wine, and whatever struck his fancy--often from abroad--with no thought as to how he would pay. Creditors did not press him because he was Thomas Jefferson. He was rich in land and slaves but this did not translate into ready cash. An incessant stream of admirers who traveled to Monticello to see the great Jefferson had to be fed and entertained--an expensive undertaking. Jefferson also inherited his father-in-law's debt and co-signed at least one note for a friend, which he had to assume when the friend died. Additionally, the Panic of 1819 and the ensuing recession affected Jefferson. These are a few of the reasons that left a debt of $107,000 when Jefferson died, forcing the sale of Monticello and Jefferson's slaves. Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.

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Johnson, Andrew

Lot 31: Johnson, Andrew

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Description: Johnson, Andrew. (1808-1875) 17th President of the United States (1865-1869). Partly-printed document signed as President, one page, 8 1/8 x 10 in., Washington, Sept. 16, 1868. Authorizing and directing the Secretary of State to affix the seal to "a Warrant authorizing Lee C. Weir and Emanuel Stocket or either of them, to receive into custody Frank Reno, Charles Anderson, Albert Perkins and Charles Spencer...." Some edge chips and ink spatters at left edge, else fine.The four men named in the document were members of the infamous Reno Gang, which committed the first peacetime robbery of a train in the United States. On October 6, 1866, the Ohio & Mississippi train was robbed shortly after it left Seymour, Indiana, and the Pinkerton National Detective Agency traced the crime to the Reno Gang. Not long thereafter, the James and Younger brothers, the Daltons, the Cooks, the Burrows, the Wild Bunch, and others would follow the example of the Reno Gang and terrorize the Midwest. Composed entirely of Hoosiers and led by the Reno brothers, John and then Frank, the gang led safe-cracking raids, organized the country's first band of counterfeiters, and committed murder and mayhem, all with impunity, until a group of citizens in Jackson County, Indiana, took matters into their own hands. With the backing of the railroads and the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who had been retained by the Adams Express Company, a Vigilance Committee was formed and within five days in July 1868, they hanged six members of the gang to the same tree.Some of the gang had fled to Canada and Allan Pinkerton received a telegram that Frank Reno and Charles Anderson had been arrested in Windsor, Canada. After involved extradition negotiations, and only after the U.S. Government promised that the men would be given a fair trial, the men were returned to the United States. Pinkerton delivered them to the jail in New Albany, where two other Reno brothers were locked up.Early in the morning of Dec. 12, 1868, some 60 members of the Vigilance Committee, wearing red flannel masks, forced their way into the jail and lynched Frank Reno and Charles Anderson, as well as William and Simeon Reno. Because Frank Reno and Charlie Anderson were technically in federal custody when they were lynched, this is thought to be the only time in U.S. history that a federal prisoner was lynched by a mob before a trial. The lynchings created an international incident with Canada and Britain and Secretary of State Seward was forced to write a formal letter of apology. A bill was later introduced into the U.S. Congress that clarified responsibility for the safety of extradited prisoners.None of the vigilantes was ever identified. Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 32: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States (1961-1963). Signed inscribed November 7, 1960 issue of TIME Magazine: "To Bill with best wishes--from John Kennedy." The cover features Kennedy, who was the Democratic presidential nominee when the magazine was mailed but was President-elect as of November 4th. Inscribed and signed in blue ink, slightly faded but completely legible. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 33: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Eight-page political hand-out signed "John Kennedy 1960" on the first page,10 x 14 in. The cover features a head-and-shoulders portrait of a smiling JFK under the heading, "Leadership for the 60s" and above "Kennedy For President." The inside pages show him acting presidential with various groups of people and one as the devoted family man with Jackie and Caroline. LBJ and his family are featured on page 7. Paper is toned with some chips at upper edge. Signed and dated in blue ink. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 34: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Invitation to the inauguration of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson on January 20, 1961 inscribed and signed, "Best--John Kennedy" in blue ink, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. Very good; overall toning and stain at top left edge away from signature. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 35: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Dinner program for "The All New England Salute Dinner to John F. Kennedy...Commonwealth Armory, Boston, Mass. October 19, 1963," signed on the cover in blue ink, 8 1/2 x 11 in. There are 14 pages of pictures of the President meeting world leaders and taking part in various activities; the remainder of the program, which is half an inch thick, is jammed with ads from seemingly every company in New England. Very good; slight soiling to covers. A handwritten note from Helen Wilkes describes how she reached out that night as Kennedy came down the aisle; she handed him this program and he quickly signed it. A little over a month after the dinner, and fifty years ago to the month from this sale, the President was dead. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 36: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Typed letter signed as U.S. Senator, one page, 8 x 10 1/2 in., Washington, Sept. 22, 1952. To Stephen F. Curran, Jr. regarding Curran's desire to enlist in the U.S. Army and passing along a letter (not present) from the Department of the Army. Old rust stains at top and a dampstain caused some blurring to signature. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Kennedy, Ted

Lot 37: Kennedy, Ted

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Description: Kennedy, Ted. (1932-2009) U. S. senator from Massachusets for 47 years; liberal Democratic spokesman. Typed letter signed on personal letterhead, one page, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., n.p., Dec. 12, 2005. With holograph note, "Thanks Jay." To Jay Morgenstern, a veteran of the record and music-publishing industry, thanking him for a campaign contribution and his attendance at a brunch at Hal David's home. "It was wonderful to be surrounded by such creative geniuses....I understand the issues that are facing the entertainment community....I look forward to standing with you to be sure that the creative artists receive a fair deal and fair compensation for their extraordinary work...." Fine. Estimated Value $250 - 300.

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[Lincoln Assassination] Piece of Blood-stained Sheet From Lincoln's Bed

Lot 38: [Lincoln Assassination] Piece of Blood-stained Sheet From Lincoln's Bed

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Description: [lincoln Assassination] Piece of Blood-Stained Sheet From Lincoln's Bed. Charles K. Tuckerman, the first American minister to Greece was in Washington at the time of Lincoln's assassination and obtained a blood-stained portion of the sheet from the bed upon which Lincoln lay. This was discovered in Tuckerman's papers with a note in his hand reading, "Relic from the death bed of Abraham Lincoln. stained with his blood. Taken from his death chamber. C.K.T." In a letter of June 2, 1961, renowned autograph dealer Mary Benjamin, who fell heir to handling Tuckerman's papers, states "It is a piece of the linen sheet taken from Lincoln's death bed in the Peterson House (across from Ford's Theatre)...It came to me with the Tuckerman papers....it was included in an album of his letters, bearing his authentication...I had no reason to question or doubt it in any way." Inevitably the piece of cloth was divided into smaller pieces, thus permitting more to own this unbelievable piece of history. This is a piece 19mm square. For full provenance, it is accompanied by a color copy of the larger piece with Tuckerman's note and a copy of Mary Benjamin's letter regarding its authenticity. Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,800.

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Lincoln, Abraham

Lot 39: Lincoln, Abraham

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Description: Lincoln, Abraham. (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States (1861-1865). Partly-printed document signed in full as President, vellum, 13 x 17 1/2 in., Washington, Feb. 20, 1865. Conferring on "George W. Schofield of the Volunteer Army of the United States ...the rank of Brigadier General By Brevet...for gallant and meritorious during the late campaigns in Georgia and Tennessee." Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Very fine condition; blue seal of the War Department is intact; normal folds. Matted with a carte de visite photo of Lincoln and a typed descriptive card (which has moved), and framed to an overall size of 27 1/2 x 32 in.General George Schofield (1833-1882) served as military secretary for his brother, Maj. Gen. John McAllister Schofield, who was a Medal of Honor winner. Before receiving this Brevet, General George had received a Brevet for Champion's Hill (May 16, 1863) during the Vicksburg siege. After the Civil War, he fought in the Indian Wars and worked with Smith and Wesson to design the Schofield pistol. Despondent from a brain tumor, he committed suicide in 1882 with his Schofield pistol. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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[Lincoln, Abraham] Silk Memorial Ribbon, c. 1865

Lot 40: [Lincoln, Abraham] Silk Memorial Ribbon, c. 1865

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Description: [lincoln, Abraham] Silk Memorial Ribbon, C. 1865. Portrait of Lincoln within a border of stars above "The Late Lamented President Lincoln" and crossed American flags. Above the portrait is an eagle perched on an American shield holding a banner with "E Pluribus Unum" in its beak; at top edge, below a decorative border, is "Assassinated At Washington 14 April 1865" and a quote: "I have said nothing but what I am willing to live by, and if it be the pleasure of Almighty God, to die by. A. Lincoln." Made by Thomas Stevens of Coventry, England. Size is 2 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. One split at top right below decorative border and lacking the tassel, but a beautiful ribbon. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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McKinley, William

Lot 41: McKinley, William

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Description: McKinley, William. Autograph document signed twice, once on the recto as attorney for the defendant in a legal case, and once on the verso as notary public, 1 1/4 pp, 8 x 14 in., Canton, Ohio, June 24, 1871. The document is the defendant's answer in a lawsuit between the Board of Education of the City of Canton, plaintiff, and James A. Saxton, defendant. McKinley was a young lawyer and newly married (five months) at this time, but had already served as Stark County prosecutor from 1869-71; failing reelection, he went back into private practice. Estimated Value $500 - 600.

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McKinley, William

Lot 42: McKinley, William

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Description: McKinley, William. (1843-1901) 25th President of the United States (1893-1901). Autograph letter signed as Governor of Ohio, one page, 5 1/2 x 9 in., on stationery of The Windsor Hotel, New York, Nov. 30, 1894. To Henry C. Bowen (1813-1896), an influencial businessman and founder of the weekly newspaper, The New York Independent, regretting that previous engagements will keep him from dining with Mr. Bowen during his visit to New York. Very good; light soiling and letter is inlaid. McKinley's signature is large and bold. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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McKinley, William

Lot 43: McKinley, William

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Description: McKinley, William. Typed letter signed on personal letterhead, one page, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in., Canton, Ohio, June 30, 1896. To William N. King of Columbus, Ohio, thanking him for his telegram of congratulations. Fine; large, bold signature. McKinley had just been chosen as the Republican presidential nominee at their convention in St. Louis. He won the election and was re-elected in 1900, but six months later was assassinated by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Monroe, James

Lot 44: Monroe, James

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Description: Monroe, James. (1758-1831) 5th President of the United States (1817-1825). Partly-printed document signed as President, vellum, one page, 13 1/2 x 10 in., Washington, Jan. 3, 1818. Granting 150 acres in the Territory of Illinois to Ephraim Brown, who had been a sergeant in the 34th Regiment of Infantry. Countersigned by Land Commissioner Josiah Meigs. Seal is intact at lower left; age yellowing and wear to vellum. Manuscript portion is light but Monroe's signature is quite bold. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Nixon, Richard

Lot 45: Nixon, Richard

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Description: Nixon, Richard. (1913-1994) 37th President of the United States (1969-1974). Collection of eight typed letters signed ("Dick") as Vice President, on official letterhead, written between March 1953 and September 1960, to Don Belding of the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding. In 1953, Nixon refers to a book of Presidents' letters given to him by Belding, to a copy of a talk Belding had made "on the tenets of the world's ten religions" and praises General Motors after an accident left the Nixons' Cadillac with only a bent bumper. On July 6, 1954, Nixon refers to his March 13, 1954 radio and television address in which he responded to allegations made by Adlai Stevenson against President Eisenhower. He defended Ike's "New Look" foreign policy, which favored building a nuclear arsenal over retaining a large conventional military, and also addressed the issue of "McCarthyism." Nixon tells Belding, "As you can imagine, that particular speech was not an easy one to make!" In January 1956, he thanks Belding for the work he has done to assure the success of a pending Salute to Eisenhower Dinner. On November 30, 1956, Nixon rejoices over the outcome of the election, in which he and Ike were re-elected. In 1957, he regrets that he can't join Belding at a luncheon in Los Angeles "in connection with the campaign on behalf of Higher Education," and in October 1959, he regrets that he and Mrs. Nixon can't spend time at the Beldings Pauma Vista Ranch in southern California. In September 1960, Nixon thanks Belding for his letter "concerning some aspects of our missile programs and and also bringing me up to date on your progress with the Freedom Center at Valley Forge. I am devoting close attention to all of the many factors making up our national security posture...I greatly appreciate your taking the time and trouble to fill me in on the briefings...and the thinking which you have done on the missile defense picture." Condition from very good to fine. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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Nixon, Richard

Lot 47: Nixon, Richard

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Description: Nixon, Richard. Typed letter signed as Vice President, one page, on official letterhead, 8 x 10 1/2 in., Washington, June 10, 1955. To Charles L. Ruby, thanking him for the invitation to speak at the annual California Teachers Conference in January of 1956 and regretting that his "heavy official schedule" prevents his making the commitment. He mentions "the traditional White House dinner honoring the Vice President" which will take place the day before the conference, and encloses an autographed picture, which is present. The 8 x 10 in. photo is inscribed to Ruby in another hand but signed "from Richard Nixon" by the Vice President. Both fine. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Obama, Barack

Lot 48: Obama, Barack

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Description: Obama, Barack. (1961 -) 44th President of the United States (2009-2017). May 2, 2011 issue of USA Today signed as President in black Sharpie pen on the front page at top right. The headline reads: "Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama says." The signing took place at Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The President was in Texas to push immigration overall. Included is a snapshot of the President greeting well-wishers at the airport. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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Pierce, Franklin

Lot 49: Pierce, Franklin

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Description: Pierce, Franklin. (1804-1869) 14th President of the United States (1853-1857). Autograph letter signed as President, one page, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in., Washington, June 28, 1856. "My dear Miss Pleasanton, I appreciate your kind verbal message communinated by Mrs. Pierce and beg you to accept for yourself and sister the assurance of my sincere interest and regard. Very truly yours &c...." Fine. Matted with a small engraving and framed to an overall size of 10 x 20 1/4 in.; a few nicks to gilt frame.When Franklin wrote this letter, he already knew that he would not be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee for 1856. James Buchanan had been chosen at the convention, which took place June 2-6 in Cincinnati. The party was looking for a compromise candidate, and Franklin was too associated with slavery-related issues, including the Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas. Miss Pleasanton's message could well have been condolences for Pierce's not being re-nominated. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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[Presidents] Andrew Johnson and William McKinley

Lot 50: [Presidents] Andrew Johnson and William McKinley

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Description: [presidents] Andrew Johnson and William McKinley. Two presidential items: (1) Fuchsia-colored admittance ticket to the Gallery of the U.S. Senate for the "Impeachment of the President," 3 1/2 x 3 in., dated April 11, 1868; stub not present. With facsimile signature of George T. Brown, Sergeant-at Arms. On February 24, 1868, the House voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126 to 47. On May 26, 1868, the Senate acquitted the President by a vote of 35 to 19, only one vote short of the two-thirds required for conviction. (2) Rare ticket to the 1897 inauguration ceremonies of William McKinley and Garret A. Holbart (who would die in office in 1899), 4 1/2 x 3 in. The ticket admits Col. Geo. McGown to the Senate Wing of the Capitol. With facsimile signature of the Sergeant-at-Arms. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Reagan, Ronald and Nancy

Lot 51: Reagan, Ronald and Nancy

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Description: Reagan, Ronald and Nancy. (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States (1981-1989). Marriage license signed "Ronald Reagan" and "Nancy Reagan" as witnesses for their friends Ted Nittler and Marni McCormack, Los Angeles, Dec. 18, 1970. Governor and Mrs. Reagan give their address as 1341 45th St., Sacramento, CA. The original marriage license was misplaced before the ceremony so Governor Reagan called California Secretary of State Jerry Brown and obtained the information needed to go ahead with the wedding without a marriage certificate. After they returned to Sacramento, the Reagans got a blank photocopy of a marriage certificate and signed it as witnesses; Mrs. Reagan then sent it to Mrs. Nittler to have it signed by the officiating minister. A photocopy of Mrs. Reagan's letter to Mrs. Nittler is enclosed, beginning, "Enclosed is the 'mysterious document' which we've signed...." Accompanied by a 5 x 4 in. color photo of Governor and Mrs. Reagan looking on approvingly as the newly-married couple drinks champagne. Also, a two-page transcript of a report on the wedding by Toni Holt for KHJ-TV, which notes the Reagans' presence (Mrs. Reagan wore black), along with that of Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, George Maharis, and Fred Astaire's daughter, Ava MacKenzie, and her husband. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D

Lot 52: Roosevelt, Franklin D

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) 32nd President of the United Statess (1933-1945). Autograph letter signed, on Roosevelt & O'Connor letterhead, 1 1/2 pp, New York, Nov. 9, 1927. Regarding legal matters, in part: "I enclose check for Mr. G.J. Duffy for $1050--purchase price of Lot 14 Subdivision A.--Cooke survey. As soon as Mr. Cooke files his final survey map...we must send to Duffy 2 deeds, a quit-claim deed from Miss Wilkins & a warranty deed from the Meriwether Reserve....we must send her $800 from this check....we must send him [Duffy] $50 in lieu of supplying sewer connection, i.e. to cover cost of a septic tank...." Fine. Mundane matters for someone who had already served as New York state senator (1911-13) and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1913-20) and who would shortly throw his hat into the political arena, becoming Governor of New York (1929-33) and being elected an unprecedented four times as President of the U.S. Estimated Value $700 - 900.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D

Lot 53: Roosevelt, Franklin D

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. Autograph letter signed as vice president of the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, on company letterhead, one page, 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 in., New York City, n.d. (August 1926). To A.V. Haight Co., "I got in so late last night from Marion that I could not send enclosed cheque for $500 till this morning. I will let you have the proof back very soon." Staple marks at top and one chip at top left corner, else fine. The A.V. Haight Co. of Poughkeepsie was printing the Records of Town Meetings to be published privately by the Dutchess County Historical Society. FDR wrote the Introduction and paid most of the expenses. On Aug. 21, 1926, The Haight Co. acknowledged receipt of the check which FDR mentions in this letter. Purchased from The Rosenbach Company in the 1950s. Estimated Value $700 - 900.

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