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Auction Description for RR Auction: Rare Document, Manuscript, and Autograph Auction
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Auction Preview Dates/Times: Bidding - January 28, 2013 - February 13, 2013 Ends on February 13, 2013 at 6pm ET
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Rare Document, Manuscript, and Autograph Auction

(1609 Lots)

by RR Auction

1,609 lots | 1593 with images

February 13, 2013

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

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John Quincy Adams and Cabinet

Lot 1: John Quincy Adams and Cabinet

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Description: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed "J. Q. Adams," one page, 15.5 x 9, April 21, 1926. President Adams grants Cornelius Davis a parcel of land "offered for sale at Detroit, Michigan containing eighty acres." Document retains complete white paper seal to the lower left. In very good condition, with two vertical storage folds, overall wrinkling, light scattered foxing and soiling, and scattered mounting remnants to the front, affecting some of the main text. Adams's signature remains unusually bold. Accompanied by six letters and slips, each signed by a member of his cabinet. Signers are: Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Richard Rush (2), Samuel L. Southard, and James Barbour. In overall very good to fine condition, with various folds, toning, soiling, and pencil notations.

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John Adams

Lot 2: John Adams

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Description: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.75 x 17, September 11, 1800. President Adams appoints James Dodge "a Surgeon in the Navy in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by Adams and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, scattered creases and toning, and a couple small pinholes of paper loss, otherwise very good condition. The paper seal is partially worn and soiled, but intact.Four years after receiving this appointment, Navy Surgeon John Dodge joined the legendary Commodore Edward Preble aboard the USS Constitution in the Bay of Tunis. Active in the Second Battle of Tripoli Harbor, Dodge also played a key role in the ensuing diplomatic negotiations with the Barbary States, serving as charge d'affaires at the court of Tunis. An excellent document appointing a surgeon whose technical and diplomatic skills would be put to use in America's first international actions since the Revolution.

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John Adams

Lot 3: John Adams

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Description: Partly-printed DS, signed "J. Adams," one page both sides, 7.5 x 12, October 30, 1767. Document reads, in part: "To the sheriff of our county of Worcester, his under-sheriff or deputy greeting. We command you that you summon Sarah Dodge of Brookfield in our County of Worcester, widow administratrix of the estate of Francis Dodge late of Brookfield...Lemuel Jones of Weston in our said Country of Middlesex yeoman, administrator de bonii non of Ebenezer Hammond late of Weston aforesaid yeoman deceased intestate in a plea of covenant broken for the whereas the s'd Francis Dodge in his left time & in the life time of the said Ebenezer Hammond to wit on the Thirty first day of January 1750 at Weston afres'd by his deed of bargain & sale under his hand & seal in court to be produced bargained sold and delivered to the said Ebenezer a certain Negro slave named Cuffe then about seventeen years of age with his wearing apparell to have & hold the said Negro with his apparrell to him the said Ebenezer Hammond his executors administrator or assigns as his & their proper goods & chattels and the said Francis did therein covenant & engage to warrant secure & defend the said Negro slave with his apparrell to him the said Ebenezer Hammond his Executors, Administrators & assigns against the lawful claims & demands of all perform whatsoever. Now the said Lemuel Jones, administrator as aforesaid in fact says that the said Francis had no good right to sell & deliver the s'd Negro as aforesaid." At the bottom of the document, and extending on to the reverse, Adams writes: "and the said Sarah Dodge administratrix as aforesaid comes and defends to and saith that the said Francis in his lifetime never trothe his covenant aforesaid but in all things kept the same, nor has she the said Sarah Administratrix as aforesaid broke the same covenant since her said...but hath kept the same in all things, and thereof puts." In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and scattered toning and soiling.Already a well-respected and prominent lawyer in Boston, Adams became a key political figure on the continental stage in 1765 when he headed opposition to the recently imposed Stamp Tax. Carrying out his legal duties, Adams served as attorney in this 1767 case regarding the 1750 sale of a young slave. Though vehemently opposed to the practice of slavery throughout his life, he remained patient in regard to abolition, understanding that the issue would drive a wedge between the north and south at a time when unity was of the utmost importance. The exact date that slavery was abolished in Massachusetts is unclear, but a common view is that it was forbidden by implication in the Declaration of Rights that Adams wrote into the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780.

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John Quincy Adams

Lot 5: John Quincy Adams

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Description: ALS signed "J. Q. Adams" with "Quincy" [Massachusetts] given as his location, one page, 7.75 x 10, May 25, 1841. Letter to Phinehas Barnes, regretfully declining a speaking invitation. In full: "I have received your favour of the 17th inst. and has previously received that, communicating to me the honour done me by the invitation to deliver the annual oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Brunswick in September next. A probability that it might be in my power to visit the College at Brunswick at the designated time, delayed my answer to your former letter in the hope that I might alternately be enabled to comply with the invitation. The approaching special session of Congress has so far impaired that probability and leaves me no alternative but to express my regret at the necessity of renouncing the hope I had entertained of performing the pleasing task assigned to me by the invitation." In very good condition, with intersecting folds, moderate scatted toning and slight foxing, and its having been professionally silked. Adams was returning to Congress to oppose John Tyler's ascension to the presidency upon the death of President Harrison-he challenged President Tyler's assumed title, believing that he should remain 'Vice President,' 'Acting President,' or even 'Vice President now exercising the office of President.' Having once been president himself, Adams would have had keen insight into the Constitutional crisis taking place. A bold and clear letter from one of the most vocal leaders of the dispute.

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John Quincy Adams

Lot 6: John Quincy Adams

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Description: Ink franking signature, "J. Q. Adams," on an off-white 5 x 1 slip clipped from an address panel. Panel bears a December 5, Washington City postmark and is stamped "Free" under the signature. Matted and framed with a color portrait of Adams to an overall size of 8.25 x 12.25. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light toning.

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