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Auction Description for RR Auction: RR Auction: Rare Manuscript, Document, and Autograph Auction
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Headquartered in Amherst, NH, RR Auction is globally recognized as the trusted source for authentic autographed memorabilia and rare signed documents. Since its inception in 1976, the firm has published close to 360 consecutive monthly autograph catalogs, which are distributed internationally. The firm recently auctioned the autographed photo of Albert Einstein with his tongue wagging for a record $74,340 and the check astronaut Neil Armstrong signed the day he left for the moon for $27,350.
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A buyer's premium of 20% will be added to all winning bids. RR Auction prefers cash, check, or wire payments. For winning bids of $5,000 or less, clients may choose to pay via credit card or PayPal for an additional 2.5% convenience fee. You are obligated to honor any bid(s) you make, and you authorize us to charge your credit card for any unpaid winnings. Your bid is a contract. Placing a bid online means you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed by RRAuction.
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RR Auction: Rare Manuscript, Document, and Autograph Auction

(1660 Lots)

by RR Auction

1,660 lots with images

May 15, 2013

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288


John Adams

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Description: Handwritten endorsement, signed "John Adams," on the reverse of a partial manuscript document, one page, 7.5 x 10.5, circa December 1768, ordering the Sheriff to "Attach the Goods of Estate of Jeremiah Russell of Boston," regarding a piece of land from the estate of John Osborne. On the reverse Adams writes, "and the Pttf agreeing to the within Reservation say the said...plea is not sufft, and the said Jeremiah says his Plea is sufficient." Intersecting folds, tape repair to horizontal fold, trimmed bottom edge, scattered toning, and a few small holes along folds, otherwise very good condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving. Adams had been serving as a lawyer for the past 10 years, and at the time of this endorsement, was a fierce opponent of the Stamp Act, having published several anonymous articles as well as drafting the Braintree Instructions.

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John Quincy Adams

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Description: Partly-printed DS as president, signed "J. Q. Adams," one page, 14.25 x 9, August 10, 1826. President Adams grants 159 acres of land to "Stephen & Samuel P. Duncan, Guardians of the Children and Estate of Doctor James Gustin dec." Signed at the conclusion by Adams. Intersecting folds, and mild toning to edges from previous adhesive, otherwise fine condition. The white seal is worn, but intact, and Adams's signature is crisp and prominent.

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John Quincy Adams

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Description: LS, one page, 7.25 x 8.75, June 7, 1817. Adams, then American Minister to England writes from London to consul Thomas Aspinwall. In full: "I received your letter of yesterdays date & shall be very glad to have the insurance made upon the terms you mention. If the Policy is not yet made out I will thank you to have two hundred pounds of it marked for Books for the secretary of state instead of one hundred and fifty. The Portrait at Mrs. Copley's No. 25 George Street Hanover Square is ready packed & will be delivered to your order whenever you shall send for it. It is to be shipped you will recollect with the boxes of my books which you have for Boston." Reverse of second integral page bears an address panel in another hand as well as a red wax seal. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, and a couple of short edge separations (touching one word). John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), the most renowned American artist of the Colonial era, painted his well-known portrait of the young diplomat Adams in 1796, when both were in London. Created at the behest of Copley's wife as a gift for her good friend and Adams's mother, Abigail Adams, the portrait now resides in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the time of writing, Adams was preparing his return to the United States, at the request of President James Monroe, to serve as secretary of state.

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John Quincy Adams

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Description: ALS, as secretary of state, one page, 7.5 x 10, October 7, 1817. Letter to Orchard Cook. In part: "I have received your favour...enclosing a printed copy of your valuable charge to a jury in 1805, which I have read with much pleasure, and a Letter to the President, which I immediately transmitted to him at his Seat in Virginia, where he is now. I shall consider myself fortunate if any circumstance shall occur which may place it in my power of service to you. The President's disposition I have no doubt is equally friendly; and although I am not at present acquainted with any situation that would be suitable or acceptable to you, yet whenever such a one shall present itself, I am persuaded he will not be unmindful of your wishes or of your qualifications." In fine condition, with light intersecting folds. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving. Cook was a three-time congressman from Massachusetts from 1805-1811 and later served as postmaster of Wiscassett, Maine from 1811 until his death in 1819. Adams was forwarding the copy to president James Monroe, elected earlier in the year, and had just sold his land to the University of Virginia, perhaps referenced as his "Seat" by Jefferson.

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Chester A. Arthur

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Description: Scarce ALS as president, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, Executive Mansion letterhead, December 19, 1883. Letter to Judge Edwards Pierrepont. In full: "My time has been so occupied since the opening of the session that my private letters have received no attention. I thank you cordially for your kind note of the 6th inst. I expect to go to New York tonight or tomorrow & hope to have have [sic] the pleasure of seeing you while I am there." The letter has been removably archivally sleeved in acid free Mylar. In fine condition, with a complete separation to hinge. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and two unsigned engravings.

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