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Auction Description for Early American: Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
Auction Description:
272  Lots of Historic Autographs, Civil War Era, Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial Currency, George Washington Related, Abraham Lincoln Related, Federal Period, Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Indian Peace Medals & Colonial Coinage, Early Tokens and Fugio Cents.  
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Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals (266 Lots)

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266 lots with images

December 10, 2016

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Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

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Signed Check BENJAMIN ALTMAN & WILLIAM WALDORF ASTOR

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Description: AutographsNew York Department Store Pioneer B. Altman Deposits One Million Dollars in the Astor Trust Company by CheckBENJAMIN ALTMAN (1840-1913). American Businessman, Founder of B. Altman Department Stores, and also WILLIAM WALDORF ASTOR, American Businessman and Politician, Once Richest Man in America and Builder of the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.June 30, 1911-Dated, Partly-Printed Document, Check Signed "Benjamin Altman," 6.5" x 2.75". New York, Choice Extremely Fine. Drawn on the Astor Trust Company "Safe Deposit Vaults," completed in manuscript, made payable to "Astir Trust Co." for $1,000,000. Endorsed on verso "W.W. Astor." Extremely clean and well printed with tiny bank cancellation holes not near the signatures. A wonderful example with two superb signatories!The Astor Trust Company was a financial institution at 5th Avenue and 36th Street headed by John Jacob Astor IV, William Waldorf Astor's cousin. Benjamin Altman was a director and a stockholder in the Astor Trust Company.Benjamin Altman (1840-1913) founded the department store and chain, B. Altman & Co. in New York City in 1865. Altman's flagship store was on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, across Fifth Avenue from the homes of brothers William B. Astor, Jr. (1829-1892) and John Jacob Astor III (1822-1890). When John Jacob Astor III died in 1890, William Waldorf Astor (1848-1919) inherited his father's share of the Astor holdings and, titularly, became the head of the Astor family. He tore down his father's house and replaced it with the Waldorf Hotel. The 13-story hotel was specifically designed to overshadow Mrs. Astor's mansion, which was right next door, in an attempt to overshadow her status with it.In 1891, William Waldorf Astor moved with his family to England, became an English subject in 1899, and was created Baron Astor in 1916 and Viscount Astor in 1917. Unwilling to live next door to the Waldorf Hotel, his aunt, Mrs. Astor, and her son, John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912), tore down their house and erected another hotel at its site, the Astoria. Soon the two hotels merged and became the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It was torn down in 1928-1929 to make way for the Empire State Building. The new Waldorf Astoria at Park Avenue and East 49th Street was completed in 1931.

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Astronaut ALAN BEAN Autograph Postage Stamps Signed

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Description: Autographs(ASTRONAUTS), ALAN BEAN.Commemorative "UNITED STATES IN SPACE ... A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT" 8 U.S. Postage Stamps Signed, "Alan Bean," along the left-edge selvage of a sheet of 50 stamps, Gem Mint. Unusual!

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TWICE Signed STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Autograph Document Signed

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Description: AutographsTexas Founding Father Stephen F. Austin Promissory NoteSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN (1793-1836). Known as the "Father of Texas" Texas Colonizer, Republic of Texas' First Secretary of State. Together with added notation To David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870), President of the interim government of the Republic of Texas in office during March 17, 1836-October 22, 1836.Manuscript Autograph Document , "Stephen F. Austin" within the text, and once again on the verso, not dated, 1 page, 7.5" x 3.5", Fine. Being a promissory note to Martin Ruggles of Caledonia, Missouri for $700. Signed, "Martin Ruggles," below Austin's text. Light scattered tone, small stains and smudges, loss at bottom right affects several words of text and has been repaired infilled with paper at the left side, else very good condition. This Document reads, in full: "Sixty days after date I promise to pay Stephen F. Austin or order Seven Hundred Dollars payable and negotiable in the Bank of St. Lou(is a)mount defalcation for value recd." A rare TWICE Signed Document by Texas Founding Father Stephen F. Austin.

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1826 Navy Letter Signed by William Bainbridge, U.S. Commodore during War of 1812

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Description: AutographsAutograph Letter Signed by William Bainbridge, U.S. Commodore during War of 1812WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE (1774 - 1835). Commodore in the United States Navy, notable for his victory over the British Warship "HMS Java" during the War of 1812 while commanding the 44-gun Frigate "USS Constitution," in succession to Captain Isaac Hull.September 12, 1826-Dated, Letter Signed, "Wm Bainbridge", one page, measuring 10" x 7.75", Navy Commissioners Office. To Charles G. Ridgely, Commandant of the Navy Yard at Portsmouth, N.H. enclosing the last return of officers (not present). Bold impressive signature. Choice Very Fine.

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Extensive DAVID BEN GURION Archive of Autograph Letters, Photographs and More!

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Description: AutographsDavid Ben Gurion Archive of 18 Typed Letters Signed, 9 Autograph Letters Signed and 100+ PhotographsDAVID BEN-GURION (1886-1973). Founder and First Prime Minister of Israel, revered as the "Father of the Nation."Extensive, historically important, David Ben Gurion personal Archive, housed in a Binder with its Cover Portrait Image titled, "A Life in Letters" and includes a Signed Photograph, 9 Autograph Letters Signed, 18 Typed Letters Signed, all with exceptional content, plus a Signed 1920s Histadrut Teachers' Union Membership Registrar, and 1948 Independence issues of "Ha'aretz" and "The Palestine Post" overall in condition from Choice Very Fine to Exztremely Fine. Also includes more than 100 additional photographs of Ben Gurion. This major Archive Collection is specifically, primarily comprised of the following items:1. Undated Black & White Photograph, Signed in English "D. Ben-Gurion," 7.75" x 9.75". 2. c. 1920, A 30-page teacher's Histadrut Membership Registrar signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Secretary General of Histadrut.3. Undated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, 1 page, 4.75" x 6.75". Reads in part: "Today you join the company of good teachers ... establish generations of achievers, people of ideals and action, who in their hands is the fate of the State and its future..." 4. Undated Autograph Letter Signed "D.B.G." in Hebrew, 2 pages, 4" x 6.5". Reads in part: "There are no secrets and the members of the Knesset know as much as members of the committee..." 5. October 21, 1929-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, 1 page, 8.5" x 5.5". Reads in part: "meeting regarding the Arab situation in Eretz [Israel]..."6. September 12, 1939-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, 1 page, 6.75" x 8.25". Reads in part: "Understanding the joint responsibility of all now ... we accept the willingness to lend a hand to any action..." 7. February 5, 1948-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, 1 page, 8" x 10.25". Reads in part: "loan of machines for central industry in Tel-Aviv, and specifically a direct current electric generator with a diesel engine and the equipment associated with such a plant..." 8. May 16, 1948-Dated Original four-page issue of Hebrew-language newspaper "Ha'aretz," 17" x 23", picturing Ben Gurion on the first page9. May 16, 1948-Dated Original four-page issue of English-language newspaper "The Palestine Post," 16" x 23", picturing Ben Gurion on the first page. Third & fourth pages blank.10. January 7, 1949-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, on rare "Interim Government" stationery, 1 page, 6.5" x 7.75". With original transmittal envelope. Reads in part: "Although I can not remotely know what exactly you want as a suitable field of action may come to Jerusalem in about ten days and possibly meet there, if not meet in Tel-Aviv."11. January 7, 1949-Dated Printed Announcement Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, 1 page, 4.75" x 6.5". Ben-Gurion announces "with deep sorrow that Yitzhak Yigar fell 6 Tevet 5709 (Jan. 7, 1949) with the occupying Israeli government Haganah. The Hebrew nation will always bear the memory of Yitzhak who fell in battle for homeland defense and independence..."12. October 26, 1949-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 8.5" x 11". Ben-Gurion sends a letter of condolence to a mother who has lost her son, reminiscing about a voyage both she and Ben-Gurion had to Israel. In part: "I well remember a foreign trip, to Israel, the second of my life ... though I do not remember all .. your memories about it happen to me and keep them..."13. February 1, 1950-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 6.5" x 8". Written to Rabbi Zorach Warhaftig, also a Signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, asking for "the name of the man in Haifa - to make our investigation easier..." 14. September 26, 1951-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 8.5" x 11". To "Jerusalem Post" editor Gershon Agron reacting to his publishing the erroneous statement that he has agreed to the demands of the opposing General Zionists Party and had nominated two of their members to ministries. Reads in part: "There is not a shred of truth in all this, and it is surprising that a responsible newspaper ... would published such fabrications on such a serious matter..."15. November 3, 1953-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 8" x 10.75". Writte to poet Anda Amir-Pinkerfeld. Reads in part: "We cannot truly know what happened in the days of yore ... whatever we do have that is written in our history books as miracles that transpired we cannot guarantee is the whole truth ...Man must hear the voice of God talking to him and to his heart..."16. January 14, 1954-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 4.5" x 8.25", with original transmittal envelope. Written to the Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikva. Reads in part: "...there is room in Israel for varying opinions and perspectives, but it is the love of Israel that binds us together..." 17. April 9, 1954-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 5.5" x 8". Written to Y. Palmon, Advisor for Arab Affairs. Reads in part: "[The Druze] were revealed to me as excellent fighters, disciplined and loyal ... I hope that this tribe will cast in its lot with our people and will find complete freedom and equality in the State of Israel..." 18. November 29, 1954-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 4.5" x 8.25". To the parents of a newlywed, reads in part: "May they have a happy life full of love. May they build a blessed home in Israel. Mazel Tov." 19. March 14, 1955-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Minister of Defense, one page, 6" x 7.5". Written to MP Meir Yaari of the Mapam Party. Reads in part: "Maybe the Party you belong to has no disagreements ... The Party I have a privilege of being attached to us not of that sort ... but I do not know of another Party in Israel that is more loyal to the state, the Israeli people, and the vision of Jewish and human redemption..."20. May 14, 1955-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Minister of Defense, one page, 6" x 8". Written to MP Seif E-Din E-Zoubi of Nazareth. Reads in part: "Following the coup d'etat which was carried out by the present heads of Egypt, the Government which I headed welcomed the rebels against King Farouk, and I expressed my hope that the revolution would ... pave a new road of peace for itself. It is regrettable that the heads of Egypt have disappointed our hope..."21. July 7, 1955-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Minister of Defense, one page, 6" x 8". Written to a Communist MP of the Knesset. Reads in part: "You can't ignore what's going on in Asia with Egyptian rulers & murderous group the Fadayin who attack all Israeli citizens ... [Nasser] told the 'New York Post' that he is not fighting only Israel, but the Jewish nation & Jewish fortune. The tone is reminiscent of 'Mein Kampf'..."22. July 22, 1955-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Minister of Defense, one page, 6" x 8". Reads in part: "We must act with renewed efforts and in every legitimate way, to bring about the day when the Jews of the Soviet Union will also be permitted to participate in the rebirth of their homeland..."23. December 24, 1955-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, one page, 6.25" x 7.75". Written to Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet, with carbon copy to Moshe Dayan. Reads in part: "I have no doubts in regards to General Haim Laskov's credentials, ability, and suitability for the position of deputy Chief of Staff ... his vast experience as a commander of British units and the Hebrew brigade will make him a great asset to the IDF..."24. March 31, 1956-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, one page, 6.25" x 7.75". Written to the Editor of "Ha'aretz". Reads in part: "Every nation under attack and especially us, is obligated to protect itself, self-defense is a holy responsibility, it is so inscribed in the Charter of the United Nations..."25. April 10, 1956-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, one page, 6.25" x 7.75" Written to author S.Y. Agnon (later Nobel laureate). Reads in part: "Some seventy million Arabs live across our borders, and they extend to the Atlantic ... Israel has a serious security problem with only two solutions: military preparedness and constant striving for peace, for war is a bankruptcy of diplomacy..." 26. July 31, 1957-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 6.25" x 8.25". Written to architect Richard Kaufman. Reads in part: "Your plans seem to me fundamental. I will find out from the Minister of Development the fate of Eilat."27. January 9, 1958-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 6.5" x 8". Reads in part: "Your vote in the Knesset against the Government will not diminish the promise you were given about the schools, or any other matter. When I offered you what I offered on the political level - I did not associate it in any way with a financial reward..."28. May 10, 1960-Dated Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, as Prime Minister, one page, 6.5" x 8.25" Reads in part: "I do not know which of the two bodies is responsible for the arrangement that was made yesterday in the Knesset in remembrance of Herzl's century anniversary ... I see it my moral and public duty to express my deep disappointment of the arrangements made for the Memorial Day which did not add honor neither to the Knesset nor the memory of the seer of the Jewish State..."29. November 2, 1964-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 5.5" x 8.75". Reads in part: "The State will establish society solely and exclusively on the foundations of truth and justice and moral values. I will fight for disclosure of the truth. In this matter, I have no fear, even if they expel me from the Party, and I will fight with all of the means at my disposal..." 30. May 13, 1968-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 4.75" x 8.5". Reads in part: "I was not 'forced to' resign - not because of misunderstanding with those around me - but for my own personal reasons - in which no other motivation, person, or external event had any role. It is correct that the Prime Minister of Burma attempted, at my request, to speak with Nasser - but like all other attempts with Nasser - it was unsuccessful..."31. February 25, 1972-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion," in Hebrew, one page, 5.25" x 7". Reads in part: "I always was in favor of changing the election system and my party accepted my suggestion ... but later they reconsidered this decision. Now I'm not a member of any party and I'm not dealing with these matters anymore bit I haven't changed my opinion..."Also included are 30 informal miscellaneous photographs of David Ben-Gurion mostly black and white, various sizes from 2" x 3" to 8" x 10"; 127 small Proof Photographs (about 1.5" x 1") on four sheets dated June 10-13, 1969. Plus, many extras included. Housed in an 11.5" x 12" album. Sold "as is". Should be seen for full appreciation of the Archive contents.David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) was a Zionist statesman and political leader, David Ben-Gurion was the First Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel. Born in Poland in 1886, David Ben-Gurion was Israel's first prime minister (1948-53, 1955-63) and defense minister (1948-53; 1955-63).It was Ben-Gurion who, on May 14, 1948, delivered Israel's declaration of independence. His charismatic personality won him the adoration of the masses, and, after his retirement from the government and the Knesset, he was revered as the "Father of the Nation." Ben-Gurion died in Israel in 1973.

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BERNARD M. BARUCH 1917 Autograph Document Signed Check

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Description: AutographsBERNARD M. BARUCH.April 20, 1917-Dated, Autograph Document Signed, "Bernard M Baruch", 7.5" x 2.75", being a National City Bank of New York check. Check is made out for the sum of ten thousand dollars to the "Baruch Bros" with bank stamp on back.Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870 - 1965), was an American financier, stock-market speculator, statesman, and political consultant. After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters and became a philanthropist. Baruch became a broker and then a partner in A.A. Housman & Company. With his earnings and commissions, he bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange for $18,000 ($434,000 in today's dollars). There he amassed a fortune before the age of 30 via speculation in the sugar market. By 1903 Baruch had his own brokerage firm and gained the reputation of "The Lone Wolf on Wall Street" because of his refusal to join any financial house. By 1910, he had become one of Wall Street's best-known financiers. In 1925 he endowed the Mrs. Simon Baruch University Award in memory of his mother, to support scholars who have written unpublished monographs for full-length books on Confederate history. His mother had been an early member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and supported their activities. In 1916, Baruch left Wall Street to advise president Woodrow Wilson on national defense. He served on the Advisory Commission to the Council of National Defense and, in 1918, became the chairman of the new War Industries Board. With his leadership, this body successfully managed the US's economic mobilization during World War I. In 1919, Wilson asked Baruch to serve as a staff member at the Paris Peace Conference. Baruch did not approve of the reparations France and Britain demanded of Germany, and supported Wilson's view that there needed to be new forms of cooperation between nations, and supporting the creation of the League of Nations. During President Roosevelt's "New Deal" program, Baruch was a member of the "Brain Trust" and helped form the National Recovery Administration (NRA). He was a true giant in the world of Finance and Business!

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CLEMENT BIDDLE Partially Printed Document Thrice Signed

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Description: AutographsSigned Thrice by Clement Biddle Document COLONEL CLEMENT BIDDLE (1740-1814). American Revolutionary War Officer, Biddle fought in the Battle of Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth; Continental Army Commissary General at Valley Forge with George Washington; in 1781, Quarter-Master General of the Pennsylvanian troops; appointed the First U.S. Marshal (1789-1793) for Pennsylvania by President George Washington.April 15, 1801-Dated Federal Period, Ornate Partially-Printed Document, Signed Three Times, "Clement Biddle," having 3 pages, Choice Very Fine. This fully executed Document is engrossed and signed three times by Biddle, and includes his embossed notarization of an annexed list of goods shipped from the port and bound for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, lost in a shipwreck. Weak folds with some edge splits on one portion, boldly written and vividly printed on clean bright period paper. With a choice US 25 Cent Stamp Embossed Revenue sharply impressed at upper right. Highly attractive with nice eye appeal for display. (2 items tied) Clement Biddle (1740-1814) was a Revolutionary War army officer, born in Philadelphia. During the war, General Nathanael Greene appointed him as aide-de-camp in 1776. He later served as Deputy Quartermaster General for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey militias, Commissary General of Forage (1777-1780), and Quartermaster General for the Pennsylvania Militia (1781-1783). Clement Biddle is best known, however, as a prosperous merchant, and member of the Biddle family of Pennsylvania entrepreneurs.

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April 2, 1865 WILLIAM BIRNEY Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: Autographs1865 Union Civil War General William Birney ALSWILLIAM BIRNEY (1819-1907). Union Civil War General, Professor, Abolitionist.April 2, 1865-Dated Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Wm Birney", 1 page, 6.25" x 7.75", Head Quarter, 2d Division, 25th Corps, Army of the James, Choice Very Fine. Written on a clean sheet and easily readable with his huge signature prominent, to an unidentified recipient, this Letter reads in full:"Colonel, -- Your favor of the 23rd ult. is at hand. It gives me pleasure to comply with the request of a brother officer. Very truly, Your obedient servant, - (Signed) Wm. Birney, Brig. General Comg."Light toning around the margins and typical folds. Mounting remnants on verso. An embossed eagle is in upper left corner. War date letter just a few weeks before the surrender at Appomatox. A scarce Union General's signature on a War date Letter.

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Colonial Currency, ELIAS BOUDINOT Continental Congress President, Signed Note

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Description: AutographsElias Boudinot (President of the Continental Congress) Signed December 16, 1790 Issue "ONE PENNY" Note ELIAS BOUDINOT. President of the Continental Congress (1782-1783), Member of the Continental Congress, served in the First Congress of 1789, Signed the "Treaty of Paris" with Great Britain, ending the Revolutionary War, Member of the Committee on Correspondence, New Jersey Provincial Congress, Commissary-General of Prisoners, and in 1795 Appointed as Third Director of the United States Mint by George Washington.New Jersey. First Presbyterian Church at Newark. December 16, 1790 Issue. ONE PENNY denomination. Extremely Fine. This well printed and nicely centered, typeset small change private issue Church Money note is typeset at bottom: "E. Town: Printed by S. Kollock." This denomination has the text "One Penny" on both left and right, whereas the date is typically seen printed along the right side. It has all of its border designs distinct and present with the text clearly readable. The signature of "E. Boudinot" as President is large and beautifully written in brown ink, having one of the finest examples of his signature we have seen. Likely less than two dozen or so known to exist and not listed with a value in Newman due to its rarity. Near impossible to locate in high quality and is an important, historic American rarity.Elias Boudinot was a member of the New Jersey Committee on Correspondence (1774-1775) and the New Jersey Provincial Congress (1775). In 1777 he was appointed commissary-general of prisoners. He was a member of the Continental Congress (1777-1788; 1781-1784) and its President (1782-1783).He signed the treaty with Great Britain to end the war. He served in first Congress of 1789; in 1795 was made the third Director of the United States Mint, and from 1816 to 1821 served as the first president of the American Bible Society.

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Colonial Currency, New Jersey. January 9, 1781. $1. Signed DAVID BREARLEY

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Description: AutographsScarce New Jersey January 9, 1781 One Dollar Note Signed by David Brearley U.S. Constitution SignerDAVID BREARLEY (1745-1790). Delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention and Signed the U.S. Constitution on behalf of New Jersey, Revolutionary War Officer, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice.Fr. NJ-201. State of New Jersey. January 9, 1781. One Dollar. Signed "D Brearley", PCGS graded Very Fine-30. David Brearley's signature is very large, measuring near 1.75" long, nicely written in very light red ink which has faded yet remains legible, and is designated as: Apparent minor stains on back. This issue in notorious for its notes being poorly aligned and badly trimmed, whereas this note has excellent centering with very large to huge margins on all four sides. A superior example. Ex: Eric P Newman Collection.

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1865 Civil War Date Letter Docketed by MATHEW B. BRADY Photographer

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Description: AutographsLetter Docketed by Mathew Brady, Civil War Photographer(MATHEW B. BRADY) (1822-1896). American Photographer, Famous For Civil War Photographs.May 18, 1865-Dated Civil War Period, Autograph Letter Signed, "E. L. Cook," 3 pages, measuring 5" x 8" with Docket on its verso handwritten by Mathew B. Brady, reading: "EL Cook - May 18, 1865", Choice Very Fine. Here, Mr. Cook writes to Brady, reading in part:"Mr. Fredricks will be home on the 23rd and I hope you will do all you can before that time as he has written me often about that matter and I have done the best I could to make matters easy for you. The whole amt. you have paid so far is on a/c $200.00. interest $30.00. $230.00. The interest for 3 months is $35. His partner tried hard to prevent his loaning the money and it was only owing to my urgent request that he did loan it so that I feel as sorry as you do about the matter. ... Please write me at once and at least try and pay up the interest due. You know that I will do all I can to make things easy with my uncle for you. He will arrive here on the 23d...".As the Civil War came to an end, the interest in battlefield photographs waned and Brady suffered a number of financial setbacks, as is illustrated within the content of this letter. After the war, his pictures went out of fashion, and the government did not purchase the master-copies, as he had anticipated. Brady's fortunes declined sharply, and he died in debt.Mathew B. Brady (May 18, 1822 - January 15, 1896) was one of the first American photographers, best known for his scenes of the Civil War.He studied under inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, who pioneered the daguerreotype technique in America. Brady opened his own studio in New York in 1844, and photographed Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, among other celebrities. When the Civil War started, his use of a mobile studio and darkroom enabled vivid battlefield photographs that brought home the reality of war to the public. Thousands of war scenes were captured, as well as portraits of generals and politicians on both sides of the conflict, though most of these were taken by his assistants, rather than by Brady himself.After the war, these pictures went out of fashion, and the government did not purchase the master-copies, as he had anticipated. Brady's fortunes declined sharply, and he died in debt.

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Original BUTLER PROJECTILE Improvement Patent Granted to General John G. Butler

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Description: AutographsPatent for the "Butler Projectile" for Rifled Cannon(JOHN GAZZAM BUTLER). Noted military ordinance expert and Inventor, best known for his "Butler Projectile" for Rifled Cannon, Author of "Projectiles and Rifled Cannon," 1875.December 25, 1883-Dated, Partially-Printed U.S. Patent Document, for a "New and Useful Improvement in Projectiles," Granted to (General) John G. Butler and Signed by Merritt L. Joslyn, as the Secretary of the Interior, Choice Crisp Very Fine. This is an original Patent No. 290970, dated Christmas Day, December 25th, 1883, headed "Projectiles" and described as for: "an alleged new and useful improvement in PROJECTILES," Signed "M. L. Joslyn" (Merritt Lindsey Joslyn) as Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and "Benj. Butterworth" as U.S. Commissioner of Patents (he was formerly Secretary of the Chicago World's Fair).Official U.S. Patent with Embossed Red Seal with Blue Silk Ribbon, printed on Vellum, 4 pages, measuring 12" x 8" with the official vignette at Washington, DC at top center. (General) John G. Butler of the U.S. Army, is granted a Patent. The inside of the Document provides the Illustration for Butler's improvement as well as a full 1-1/4 page description of that improvement. The original application for this U.S. Patent was likely initiated while Butler was stationed at the Army's Watertown Arsenal, Mass., from 1880 to Nov. 29, 1882 and was then placed in Command to April 7, 1883. Extremely rare and important in the Military Ordinance History of the United States.JOHN GAZZAM BUTLER:Military History. - Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1859, to June 11, 1863, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 11, 1863. Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1863-66: in the Tennessee Campaign (Army of the Cumberland), Aug.- Sep., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sep. 19-20, 1863; in Defense (Bvt. First Lieut., Sep. 20, 1863, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.) of Chattanooga, Ten., Sep. to Nov., 1863; in garrison at Bridgeport, Ala., Nov., 1863, to Jan., 1864; and as Asst. Ordnance Officer (Transferred to Ordnance Corps, Jan. 29, 1864). Frankford Arsenal, Pa., Feb. 1 to Dec. 11, 1864, being detached to Trenton, N. J., to arm and receive arms of New Jersey Volunteers, May 19 to July 1, 1864, and to Hilton Head, S. C., to provide arms for General Sherman's Army, then marching to the coast, Nov. 23 to Dec. 10, 1864. Served: as Asst. Inspector and Constructor of Ordnance, headquarters New York City, Dec. 11, 1864, to June 4, 1867 and at Scott Foundry, (First Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 7, 1867) Reading, Pa., Mar. to June 4, 1867; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Leavenworth Arsenal, Kan., June, 1867, to May 9, 1870, - and at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., May 9, 1870, to May, 1873; in temporary command of New York Ordnance Agency, May to Sep., 1873; as Asst. to Constructor of Ordnance, New York, Sep., 1873, to May, 1876; as Asst. (Captain, Ordnance, June 23, 1874).Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., May, 1876, to May 25, 1880, - at Watertown Arsenal, Mass., to Nov. 29, 1882 (in command to Apr. 7, 1883), - Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., May 17, 1883, to Sep. 8, 1886, - and at Springfield Armory, Mas., Sep. 15, 1886, to Dec. 24, 1887; and in command of the St. Louis Powder Depot, Mo., Jan. 6, 1888, to -----. Civil History. - Author of "Projectiles and Rifled Cannon," 1875. Inventor of the "Butler Projectile" for rifled cannon. Military History. - (Major, Ordnance, Sept. 15, 1890) Served: In command of St. Louis Powder Depot, from Jan. 6, 1888 to Nov. 20, 1890. - In command of Arsenal, Augusta, Ga., from Nov. 25, 1890 to Oct. 28, 1895. - At Watervliet Arsenal, Troy, N. Y., from Nov. 1, 1895 to July 30, 1898. - In command of Kennebec Arsenal, Augusta, Me., from Aug. 20, 1898 to June 7, 1899. - In command of the New York Arsenal, from June 10, 1899 to -----; President of the Ordnance Board, and member of the Board for Testing Rifled Cannon, from June 10, 1899 to ----- Military History. - In command of the New York Arsenal, N. Y., from June 10, 1899 to Aug. 14, 1900. - President of the Ordnance Board p111from June 10, 1899 to Aug. 14, 1900. - Member of Board for Testing Rifled Cannon from June 10, 1899 (Lieut.-Colonel, Ordnance Dept., Feb. 2, 1901) to Aug. 14, 1903. - In command of the Watertown Arsenal, Mass., from Sept. 11, 1900 (Colonel, Ordnance Dept., Aug. 16, 1903) to Jan. 21, 1904. (Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Jan. 21, 1904) Retired from Active Service Jan. 22, 1904, at his own request, after over 40 Years' Service.-----------------------------------------Merritt L. Joslyn was the son of Lindsey Joslyn, a probate and county judge in Woodstock, IL. Merritt served as Captain of Co. H., 36th IL. Vols.,. during the Civil War and was afterwards a member of the House and Senate of Illinois. He was the first Assistant Secretary of the Interior in Chester Arthur's administration, and was Secretary of the Interior ad interim from March 4-6, 1885, in Grover Cleveland's administration. His son, Marcellus L. Joslyn (1873-1963) formed the Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply, Co. of Chicago, which was the U.S. leader in electrical surge and transient protection for power, communications, transportation and industrial process control. Benjamin Butterworth was the son of a Virginia slave-owner, who had a personal awakening, freed his slaves and moved to Ohio where Benjamin was later born. He became associated with Levi Coffin in the "underground railroad" helping to free slaves before and during the Civil War. Beginning in 1861, Benjamin practiced law in Cincinnati. He was Asst. U.S. District Attorney in 1868 and was a Ohio state senator in 1874 and 1875. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1879-83, and 1885-91. For a time, while in Congress, he served as chairman of the Committee on Patents. In 1883 he was appointed a commissioner of the Northern Pacific Railroad. From late 1883 until March 1885 he served as Commissioner of Patents. He served as Secretary of the 1893 World's Fair (Columbian Exposition). He again served as Commissioner of Patents from 1896 to his death in 1898, from pneumonia. John G. Butler (1842-1914), the recipient of this patent, graduated from West Point in 1863. After graduating he was appointed 2d Lt. of Battery M, 4th U. S. Artillery in the Army of the Cumberland, Tenn. campaign. He was Brevetted for gallant and meritorious services in battle of Chickamauga. He was then transferred to Ordnance Corps in 1864. After the war he stayed in the Army and served on various special duties and at 15 Arsenals and stations over a 40 year period, retiring in 1904 as a Brigadier General in the regular army. He also held a number of other U.S. Patents for improvements to ordnance and armaments.

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1875 Superbly Signed SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS (Mark Twain) Check

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Description: Autographs"Samuel L Clemens" Twice-Signed Check aka Mark Twain SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS, aka "MARK TWAIN" (1835-1910). American Author and Humorist best known works are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."July 10, 1875-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed and Endorsed, "Saml. L. Clemens," 1 page, 7.875" x 2.875", Choice Extremely Fine. Being a personal check both Engrossed and Signed by Samuel Clemens, (known to the world by his pen name "Mark Twain"), made out to "Self" and also endorsed by Clemens on verso! Drawn on First National Bank of Hartford, Ct., and payable in the amount of $100. Small hole in center of check, well away from both signatures. Margins trimmed with the bottom of this check cut off and the bottom of the previous check at top edge. Clemens' Two Signatures both remain clear and dark having superb eye appeal for display. Twice Signed and made out to "Self"!

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GEORGE CLINTON Governor NY Signed 1778 Revolutionary War Lottery Ticket Document

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Description: Autographs"Return of U.S. Lottery Tickets" Signed by Governor George Clinton of New YorkGEORGE CLINTON (1739-1812). Considered one of the "Founding Fathers" of the United States; Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795, again from 1801 to 1804, then served as the 4th VP of the United States from 1805 to 1812.Manuscript Document Signed, "Geo. Clinton" on fine, laid paper, May 1, 1778, "Poukeepsie," 12.25" x 7.5", Fine. Normal age toning, some bleed-through of the ink, a trifle rough around the edges (affecting the bottom of Clinton's signature), split along most folds, and separated from the docketing page. Also signed by Dirck Ten Broeck and George Clinton. Formerly Lot 1147 in Pine Tree Auction Co's. May 1976 sale of the John Carter Brown Library Collection.(1739-1812) was an American soldier and statesman, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795, and again from 1801 to 1804, then served as the fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 to 1812, under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He and John C. Calhoun are the only people to have served as US Vice President under two different presidents.

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(1836) Historic SAMUEL COLT Signed Patent Archive of 3 Manuscript Documents

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Description: AutographsRemarkable Samuel Colt Original 1836 U.S. Patent Related Archive Regarding His New 1838 Revolver Improvements! PatentSAMUEL COLT (1814-1862). Famous American Arms Manufacturer from Hartford Connecticut who in 1836 received a U.S. Patent for a Revolver mechanism that enabled a gun to be fired multiple times without reloading.Extraordinary original Archive of Three (3) Individual Manuscript Documents, each relating to his original 1836 Patent, each being Signed by Samuel Colt. This Archive contains Samuel Colt's three undated Retained Signed Drafts of what he sent the Commissioner of Patents telling him of his "various improvements" in his 1836 patent for "revolving cylinder guns... being desirous of securing his rights until he can perfect them...". Samuel Colt of Hartford, Connecticut, was granted a patent for "revolving gun" on February 25, 1836. On March 5, 1836, he formed the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company in Paterson, New Jersey, to make the guns in quantity.This historic Patent Archive comes housed in a Custom Designed black leather presentation case, measuring 11" x 14" x 1.25" with a gold-stamped "Smoking Colt Revolver" displayed on its cover and "Samuel Colt - Signed Original Patent - August 1836" on the spine (these Signed Manuscript Documents are related to that original Patent). Lot includes the Presentation Case containing the Three Manuscript Documents each Signed by Samuel Colt. All items are Choice Extremely Fine. The Three Item Archive Includes: 1. Manuscript Document Signed, "Saml Colt" with four words added in his hand, half-page, measuring 8" x 13", Choice Extremely Fine. It reads, in full:"To H.L. Ellsworth. Com:(missioner) of Patents - The petition of Samuel Colt of Paterson New Jersey respectfully sets forth that your petitioner has made various improvements in his & other patent revolving cylinder guns and their appendages, and being desirous of securing his rights until he can perfect them, he prays that the accompanying description and drawing may be filed as a caveat in the confidential archives of the patent office agreeable to the act of congress in such case made and provided your petitioner having paid $20 into the treasury and complied with other provisions of the act."2. Manuscript Document Signed, "Samuel Colt," 2.5 pages, measuring 8" x 13", front & verso on two conjoined sheets. With deletions and additions, having 40 words in his hand, Extremely Fine. It reads, in full:"Samuel Colts caveat of improvements in various parts of fire arms and their appendages - First my improvement consists in rendering the charges, contained in the cylinder of my patent revolving cylinder gun safe by giving free passage for the escape of the fire which escapes latterly from the cylinder ... My second improvement consists in making the touch hole in the nipple conical ... having the base of the cone at the outside of the nipple, for the purpose of receiving a greater amount of heat and concentrating it when it reaches the load. My third improvement consists of a lever wherewith to force the balls into the chambers of the cylinder ... It is obvious that there are various modes of making such a lever, but one mode is represented for the illustration of the principle. It can be made to apply to all kinds of fire arms that load at the britch or have revolving cylinder chambers such as cochrans and others - My fourth improvement is in the bullet mould ... After the bullet has been cast, the cutter D is pushed to one side which clips off the stem and leaves the bullet finished - My fifth improvement consists in the valves of the powder flask - Instead of one valve, as used in the common flask for measuring the quantity of powder, I make use of two, one at the mouth of the flask stem and the other inside. When one is shut the other is open, and vice versa... It is evident that all the parts above enumerated can be made and altered in various ways not necessary to enumerate; can but the object at present is to elucidate and secure the principle until they can be patented." Colt has handwritten: "The above principle is also applicable and has been applied by me to a flask having a number of tubes or chargers which expedite the loading of many chambered guns of all kinds." Colt has crossed out the short paragraph beginning "My sixth improvement is a military belt..."3. Manuscript Document Signed, "Saml Colt," measuring 1.5 pages, measuring 8" x 13", front & verso. With deletions and additions, with 12 words in Colt's hand, Extremely Fine. It reads, in part:"My sixth improvement is in the bayonet = A (fig 1. Plate 2) represents a gun barrel with the bayonet B having a ferule C at its lower end made to slide up and [down] the barrel ... The mortise or notch d. at the britch end of the barrel has its upper side dovetailed..." Cold has handwritten fig 3 is an end view of the barrel and bayonet. My seventh improvement is in a case for containing caps ... This improvement differs from the common cap case in being double, and having an involute channel for the reception of the caps instead of an annular one, and also in having the follower slide upon its axes instead of being fixed ... the cover is opened and the involute channel filled with caps, the catch h is then disengaged and the cover fastened ... The operation is the same on each side but independent of each other, the central pin allowing the axes to work independent of each other.".On April 27, 1835, Henry L. Ellsworth, son of patriot Oliver Ellsworth, was sworn in as Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. He resigned after serving for seven weeks, having been appointed the first Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office. Ellsworth became interested in Colt's revolver, so he encouraged the 21-year-old Hartford inventor to file a patent. After receiving his 1836 patent, like a true inventor, he began working on improvements to his firearms. He had specific ideas, but he still had to perfect them.Colt wrote to Ellsworth, telling him that, while not ready to file another patent, he would like to file a caveat to prevent someone else from filing a patent based upon his ideas, before he files his own patent. Colt described in detail his improvements to his original 1836 patent. Here offered are Samuel Colt's undated Retained Drafts of the three documents sent to Commissioner of Patents Henry L. Ellsworth, each on watermarked laid paper, each Signed by Colt. Ellipses marks (...) are used for omitted words, references to the drawing (not present). Written in manuscript, there are numerous Additions and Deletions in Colt's own hand. (3 Documents).In 1836, Connecticut-born gun manufacturer Samuel Colt (1814-62) received a U.S. Patent for a revolver mechanism that enabled a gun to be fired multiple times without reloading. Colt founded a company to manufacture his revolving-cylinder pistol; however, sales were slow and the business floundered. Then in 1846, with the Mexican War (1846-48) under way, the U.S. government ordered 1,000 Colt revolvers.In 1855, Colt opened what was the world's largest private armament factory, in which he employed advanced manufacturing techniques such as interchangeable parts and an organized production line. By 1856, the company could produce 150 weapons per day. Colt was also an effective promoter, and by the start of the U.S. Civil War (1861-65) he had made the Colt revolver perhaps the world's best-known firearm. He died a wealthy man in 1862; the company he founded remains in business today.

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GEORGE CLYMER, Signer of Declaration of Independence Signed Port Form

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Description: Autographs"George Clymer" Signer Declaration of Independence & Among Founding Fathers of the United States of AmericaGEORGE CLYMER (1739-1813). Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States from Pennsylvania, Member of Continental Congress and Congressman.c. 1791 Federal Period, Partially-Printed Pennsylvania Document Signed, "G. Clymer," being a PA. Excise Tax Certification Form for payment of duties on rum, no date, nicely printed upon fine quality period laid paper, measuring 8" x 5", Choice Very Fine. Elected as a Representative to the first federal Congress, Clymer proved to be a staunch and unwavering Federalist and supporter of President Washington. He pressed for measures to strengthen the finances of the new government: high duties on imports, assumption of the war debt, the Bank of the United Sates, and a liquor excise tax. Choosing not to run for reelection, he was appointed by Washington as Supervisor of revenue for Pennsylvania to enact the new excise tax. He served in the role for three years, often at great risk, resigning in 1794, just prior to the outbreak of the Whiskey Rebellion. This Excise Tax document certifies that "the duties on one Puncheon of Rum containing one hundred fourteen gallons of the second proof, and marked and numbered as in the margin, have been secured according to the law." Embossed customs stamp in the left margin, very clean and is overall excellent for display.George Clymer was a patriot and leader in the demonstrations in Philadelphia resulting from the Tea Act and the Stamp Act. He became a member of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety in 1773, and was elected to the Continental Congress 1776-1780.Clymer shared the responsibility of being treasurer of the Continental Congress with Michael Hillegas, later the first Treasurer of the United States. He served ably on several committees during his first congressional term and was sent with Sampson Mathews to inspect the northern army on behalf of Congress in the fall of 1776.When Congress fled Philadelphia in the face of Sir Henry Clinton's threatened occupation, Clymer stayed behind with George Walton and Robert Morris. Clymer's business ventures during and after war served to increase his wealth. In 1779 and 1780 Clymer and his son Meredith engaged in a lucrative trade with St. Eustatius.He resigned from Congress in 1777, and in 1780 was elected to a seat in the Pennsylvania Legislature. In 1782, he was sent on a tour of the southern states in a vain attempt to get the legislatures to pay up on subscriptions due to the central government. He was reelected to the Pennsylvania legislature in 1784, and represented his state at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. He was elected to the first U.S. Congress in 1789.He was the first president of the Philadelphia Bank, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and vice-president of the Philadelphia Agricultural Society. When Congress passed a bill imposing a duty on spirits distilled in the United States in 1791, Clymer was placed as head of the excise department, in the state of Pennsylvania. He was also one of the commissioners to negotiate a treaty with the Creek Indian confederacy at Coleraine, Georgia on June 29, 1796. He is considered the benefactor of Indiana Borough, as it was he who donated the property for a county seat in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.Clymer died on January 23, 1813. He was buried at the Friends Burying Ground in Trenton, New Jersey.

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1956-1958 United States SUPREME COURT Justices Signed Stamp Sheet Display

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Description: Autographs1956-1958 United States SUPREME COURT Stamps SheetSUPREME COURT. "Earl Warren" as Chief Justice and "Hugo L. Black," "Felix Frankfurter," "W O Douglas," "Harold H. Burton," "Tom C. Clark," "John M. Harlan," "Wm. J. Brennan, Jr.," and "Charles E. Whittaker" as Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.c. 1956-1958, Philatelic Display Signed, "Earl Warren" as Chief Justice and "Hugo L. Black," "Felix Frankfurter," "W O Douglas," "Harold H. Burton," "Tom C. Clark," "John M. Harlan," "Wm. J. Brennan, Jr.," and "Charles E. Whittaker" as Associate Justices of the Supreme Court on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of stationery engraved "Supreme Court of the United States / Washington, D.C." Choice Very Fine. Also Signing is, "John T. Fey / Clerk." Fey served as Clerk of the Supreme Court from 1956-1958 when he became President of the University of Vermont. Light rippling gives it a parchment-like effect. A 1950 Commemorative 50 years of the Supreme Court Postal Plate Block of ten 3 National Capital Sesquicentennial Stamps picturing the U.S. Supreme Court Building has been affixed beneath the "Supreme Court of the United States" official letterhead.An additional pair of the 3 Supreme Court Stamps have been affixed beneath the plate block. Signing next to them are "Stanley Reed" and "Sherman Minton." On October 16, 1956, Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. succeeded Minton. Whittaker took his seat on the Supreme Court on March 25, 1957, replacing Reed. On October 13, 1958, Associate Justice Harold H. Burton retired. The nine members who have signed this sheet as Supreme Court Justices served together from March 25, 1957 until October 13, 1958. Provenance: This signed philatelic display was in the collection of Lewis F. Shull, a President and Vice President of the American Stamp Dealers of America, and comes directly from the son of Lewis F. Shull.On June 30, 1958, in a landmark case argued on January 15-16, 1958, Justice Harlan delivered this Supreme Court's unanimous 9-0 decision in favor of the plaintiff in NAACP v. Alabama.The state of Alabama had ordered the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to reveal to the State's Attorney General the names and addresses of all the NAACP's members and agents in the state. The Court thought that if these lists were made public, violent acts might be made against its members.A compelled disclosure of the NAACP's membership lists would have the effect of suppressing legal association among the group's members and violate the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, one of the "Reconstruction Amendments" passed after the Civil War. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment was the basis for the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education just four years earlier in 1954.

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1861 Provisional Confederate President JEFFERSON DAVIS Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsImportant 1861 Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed as Provisional President & President-elect of the Confederate States of AmericaJEFFERSON "JEFF" DAVIS (1808-1889). American Statesman, President and Leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, serving as the CSA President for its entire history.November 11, 1861-Dated Civil War Period, Historically Important Autograph Letter Signed, "Jeffn Davis," as Provisional President of the Confederacy and President-elect of the Confederate States of America, 1 page, measuring 6.5" x 8.5", Richmond, VA., Very Fine. Well written and easy to read in brown on period wove paper, light narrow white border trace at perimeter from a prior display. Exceedingly Rare. It reads, in full:"Richmond, Va. -- Nov. 11, 1861. -- My dear Sir, --- Upon the receipt of information sent through Mr. [James] Williams that Mr. [William L.] Yancey desired to return, a letter was written to him which authorized him to do so. The application was for recall but the authority was so given as to leave the question of his remaining at home, open for future consideration and decision - It was sent long since and he may now be on his way home. Very respectfully, -- (Signed) Jeffn Davis."

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c. 1808 Appaisal An Inventory of the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur (Sr.) Copy

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Description: Autographs"Inventory of the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd" Famous American Naval Officer c. November 1808(STEPHEN DECATUR, SR.) (June 1752 - November 11, 1808). American Merchant Ship Captain before the Revolutionary War, American Naval Captain in the Revolutionary War, and later commissioned as a U.S. Navy Captain in the Quasi-War with France, commanded the ship USS Delaware and sailed in the first American Navy fleet to cross the Atlantic, along with his son Stephen Decatur Jr.c. November 11, 1808, Manuscript Document, 8 Pages, Listing titled, "Copy of an Inventory of Goods & Chattels, the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd," with a fully listed and appraised total value of $9,100.39, Choice Extremely Fine. This undated, Handwritten Manuscript Document is Headed at the top of its front page: "Copy of an Inventory of Goods & Chattels, the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd." This being an official period Contemporary Copy of the Inventory of the personal estate of Stephen Decatur. It is a listed appraisal measuring 7" wide x 12.5" tall, with 8 pages (2 blank). The Docket on its blank final page verso reads, in full: "N 1 - Copy of Appraisment of the Personal Estate of S Decatur deceased." The high quality laid period paper is lightly folded, and is very well written, easily readable and extremely clean in presentation. There are a few trivial small splits at folds, overall extremely well written in crisp brown on fresh clean period laid paper. Excellent for display and a great collectible item for United States Navy enthusiasts! Exceedingly rare.Stephen Decatur, Sr. (1752 - 1808), American merchant captain before the Revolution, and American Naval Captain in the Revolutionary War and later in the Quasi-War. He was the father of Stephen Decatur, Jr., the famous Naval officer.During the American Revolution, Decatur commanded the Ships Royal Louis, the Comet, the Retaliation, the Rising Sun, and the Fair American, gaining distinction by the capture of English vessels.At the close of the war he returned to mercantile life and was a friend and business associate of Colonel Francis Gurney (1738 - 1813), Philadelphia merchant, civic leader, and officer during the Revolutionary War.

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1836 Rare Miniature of the Declaration of Independence by L.H. Bridgham, Boston

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Description: Autographs1836 Miniature Broadside The Declaration of IndependenceThe First "Declaration" Miniature Printed by Bridgham(DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE).1836-Dated, Miniature Broadside Design Style Printing of the Declaration of Independence, by L.H. Bridgham, Boston, Crisp Very Fine. This rare 1836 Engraving measures 4.5" x 5.75" and is printed on a white coated card period stock. Pleasing in appearance having some slight soiling to surface, with a hidden diagonal crease that extends through Washington's portrait at top through bottom left portion of engraving. It features the complete text of the Declaration of Independence, as well as all its signatures in facsimile below. This is surrounded by a decorative outer border design illustrated with a Portrait of George Washington at top and the individual Arms of the original Thirteen States. This was the first miniature printing of the Declaration of Independence engraved and printed by L.H. Bridgham, Boston, 1836. Very rare.

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Declaration of Independence Broadside

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Description: Autographs1776-1876 Centennial Declaration of Independence Printing(DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE).1874-Dated, Printed Souvenir Broadside titled, "1776-1876 Centennial Memorial" of The Declaration of Independence, Choice Very Fine. This is an original and really great 1876 Centennial Edition, copy of The Declaration of Independence. It measures a large 14.75" x 20" and is boldly headed: "1776-1876 Centennial Memorial. - In Congress, July 4, 1776. - The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America." Small print at bottom left reads: "Copyrighted in 1874 by James D. McBride, Philadelphia and printed by the Columbian Publishing Company, N.Y. Paullin." The block area at the lower right would normally feature an advertisement, but this one has the classic image of Independence Hall, Philadelphia as it appeared in July of 1776. It is in nice overall condition, being bold with some typical folds and a few minor extreme outer edge nicks. A wonderful piece for display and the first of this design we have offered.

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1901 Autograph Letter by GEORGE DEWEY, Admiral of the Navy, American Civil War

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Description: AutographsGEORGE DEWEY Autograph Letter Admiral of the NavyGEORGE DEWEY (1837-1917). The only person in U.S. History to attain the rank of Admiral of the Navy; best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila during the Spanish American War.August 4, 1901-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed in full, four pages, measuring 8" x 5" written upon stationery engraved, "The Homestead... Hot Springs, Va." To (Rear Admiral William T.) Swinburne (1847-1928). It reads, in part: "The order of the Secretary in relation to the ships will require considerable thought before answering and I am glad you are to have a meeting of the Executive Com. before you sail.... Mrs. Dewey joins me in warmest remembrances...."

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Autographed Card Signed by JAMES JIMMY DOOLITTLE Choice Crisp Near Mint

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Description: AutographsHistoric Aviator "J H Doolittle" Autographed Card SignedJAMES "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE (1896-1993). American Aviation Pioneer, during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor as commander of the "Doolittle Raid," promoted to Lieutenant General and Commanded the Eighth Air Force in Europe.Autographed Card Signed, "J H Doolittle" in blue ink, measures 3" x 5" no date or place, Choice Crisp Near Mint.James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 - September 27, 1993) was an American Aviation Pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid. He was eventually promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the Eighth Air Force in Europe.

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Rare 1935 AMELIA EARHART Signed Check Historic American Aviation Pioneer

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Description: AutographsRare 1935 "Amelia Earhart" Aviation Pioneer Signed CheckAMELIA EARHART (1897-1937). Historic American Aviation Pioneer; First Woman To Cross The Atlantic In An Airplane.July 12, 1935-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Amelia Earhart," drawn on The Fifth Avenue Bank of New York, 6.25" x 2.75", Choice Very Fine. Being a personal check made out to Hollywood Laundry in the amount of $3.74. Punch cancelled with the bank's monogram "FAB PAID." Cancellation does run through her signature is several spots, and yet her autograph remains still quite crisp and legible.

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1786 WILLIAM ELLERY Signed Continental Congress Loan Office Certificate of Oath

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Description: AutographsContinental Loan Office Certificates by "Signer" William Ellery as Commissioner of Loan OfficeWILLIAM ELLERY (1727 - 1820). Signer of the Declaration of Independence for Rhode Island,"Son of Liberty," 1776 Delegate to the Continental Congress from Rhode Island and on its Marine Committee, Naval Officer for the Colony, and appointed Continental Congress Loan Office Commissioner for the State, etc.June 7, 1786-Dated, Superb Quality & Content, Autograph Document Signed, "William Ellery", as Commissioner of the Continental Loan Office for Rhode Island, Newport, 4.75" x 6.25", Choice Crisp Extremely Fine+. Being the Certification of an oath made by Caleb Gardner, a Newport merchant, that "the following certificates signed Edward Chinn Commr... are the property of citizens of this State". Eight Loan Office certificates are listed, with their dates, the amounts, when they were payable, and to whom they were payable. Very neatly and cleanly written and signed. In addition to signing the Declaration of Independence and serving as commissioner of the Continental Loan Office, William Ellery also served as a member of the Continental Congress, was appointed Chief Justice of Rhode Island's superior court, and served as customs collector for Newport. Fully Signed "William Ellery - C.L.O." (Commissioner Loan Office) measuring a large 2.75" long, in rich vivid deep brown, as is this entire Document written in his hand,

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Unique 1788 WILLIAM ELLERY Continental Loan Office Rhode Island Interest Form

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Description: AutographsUnique 1788 Dated "WILLIAM ELLERY"Continental Congress Loan Office Interest Payment Form(WILLIAM ELLERY) (1727 - 1820). Signer of the Declaration of Independence for Rhode Island,"Son of Liberty," 1776 Delegate to the Continental Congress from Rhode Island and on its Marine Committee, Naval Officer for the Colony and appointed Continental Congress Loan Office Commissioner for the State, etc.UNIQUE. Not Listed in Anderson. Previously Unknown November 18, 1788-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Sylvester Wickes for Mary Wickes," 1 page, measuring 6.5" x 3.5", Choice Extremely Fine. William Ellery as Continental Loan Officer has issued a Continental Loan Interest payment of $65 and 89/90 to Mary Wickes, signed as receiving interest by Sylvester Wickes. This is the only and first example of this Unique Continental Loan Office form we have ever encountered and to our best knowledge is unrecorded and previously unknown. It is thus an exceedingly historic and important example for specialists in this early American Fiscal Paper field of collecting. The Document is in excellent overall quality with choice bold eye appeal. The text and border designs are well centered, boldly printed in sharp black upon fresh, clean period laid paper and with four full large margins. This discovery piece reads as follows, in full:"No. 172 -- RECEIVED OF WILLIAM ELLERY, CONTINENTAL LOAN-OFFICER, IN THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND & PROVIDENCE-PLANTATIONS, Sixty Five --- Dollars 89/90 being in full for Interest to the 31St Day of December, 1786 - On Sundry Loan-Office Certificates, amounting to One Hundred and Sixty Seven - Dollars, 90 Specie Value, as per Account of Interest Settled, No. 172 - and for which I have signed another Receipt of this Tenor and Date. --- WITNESS MY HAND, this 18th November 1788 for Mary Wickes - Sylvester Wicks"WILLIAM ELLERY, was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was appointed Commissioner of the Continental Loan office for Rhode Island in 1786, and was for a short period, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island State Superior Court. From 1790 until his death, Ellery was the Federal Collector of Newport. An extraordinary, UNIQUE DISCOVER PIECE.

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OLIVER ELLSWORTH, United States Constitution Drafter Signed Enlisting Document

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Description: AutographsOliver Ellsworth, Drafter of the United States Constitution, Continental Army Battalion Funds to be Commanded by Samuel WyllysOLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807). American Lawyer and Politician, Revolutionary Patriot, Drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.February 7, 1777-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Partially-Printed Document, 6.5" x 7.5", 1 page, Hartford, Very Fine. Pay Order for Wills Cliff. It reads, in full,"Sir, Please to pay to Captain Wills Cliff the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds to pay out (as the additional Encouragement of Ten Pounds granted by this State) for Enlisting his own Company, in the Continental Battalion to be commanded by Samuel Wyllys Esq. Colonel; and to render his Account, and charge the State. -- (Signed) "O. Ellsworth". Cliff signs on reverse in receipt of payment. Lot includes an original circa 1880s era, engraving of Ellsworth with his facsimile signature below, Choice crisp near mint. A very scarce payment form for a Revolutionary War Continental Army battalion company. Excellent for display. (2 items).Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 - November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.While at the Federal Convention, Ellsworth moved to strike the word National from the motion made by Edmund Randolph of Virginia. Randolph had moved successfully to call the government the National Government of United States. Ellsworth moved that the government should continue to be called the United States Government.

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DAVID G. FARRAGUT Autograph Document Signed

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Description: AutographsCommander David G. Farragut Signed Document Best Known for Declaring "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!" Prizes Won by the First Warship U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812DAVID G. FARRAGUT (1801-1870). Historic American Civil War Union Admiral best remembered for his Battle of Mobile Bay order paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" April 29, 1850-Dated Manuscript Document Signed, "D. G. Farragut - Comdr U.S. Navy", 1 page, measures 8" x 12.5", at Norfolk (VA.), Choice Extremely Fine. Nicely written and presented on pale blue wove period paper with Integral leaf, light toning. This Naval Document comprising, "A List of Vessels captured by the U.S. Frigate Essex on her last cruise in the years 1812 & 13 on the Coast of Brazil and in the Pacific Ocean. The first USS Essex of the United States Navy was a 36-gun Sailing Frigate that participated in the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War, and in the War of 1812. The British captured her in 1814 and she then served as HMS Essex until sold at public auction on 6 June 1837.Here, Fifteen (15) Captured War of 1812 Era Enemy Ships are listed, along with the dates of their capture, their tonnage, number of crewmen, number of guns, and how each warship was disposed of, including: "Burnt... Sent home but recaptured... Given up to prisoners... Sold in N.Y.," etc. Here, David Farragut certifies that the list is correct and that the ships, "were supposed to be worth at that time by a number of the residents at Valparaiso and the Officers, at about 2,500,000 Dollars."One wonders why Farragut chose, almost forty years later, to document the prizes of the Essex, the ship on which he served as a young 12-year-old Prize Master. Certainly an extraordinarily rare and historical United States Navy Signed Document. Boldly Signed, "D. G. Farragut - Comdr U.S. Navy" in rich brown at the conclusion measuring a large 2.75" long. An important content, truly wonderful example for display.Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was a Flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He is best remembered in popular culture for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

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CYRUS W. FIELD, 1874 Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsCyrus Fields Thanks Congressman S.S. Cox For A SpeechCYRUS W. FIELD, Famous American Industrialist, who laid the first successful Telegraph Cable across the Atlantic Ocean.April 27, 1874-Dated. Autograph Letter Signed, "Cyrus W. Field," 7.75" x 5.25" with huge, bold 2.5" by 1.5" signature, Choice Very Fine. In this letter, Field expresses thanks to Samuel S. Cox, who the following year would be Chairman of the Congressional Committee on Banking and Currency, for sending a printed copy of a Congressional speech Cox had delivered on financial matters.Samuel Sullivan Cox (1824-1889) was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Ohio and from New York. A delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1864 and 1868, he was elected to the House as a Democrat from Ohio (1857-1865) and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary War Claims. He moved to New York City in 1865, and resumed the practice of law and was again elected to the House, this time from New York (1869-1889). He was Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (1875-1877).

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HORATIO GATES Autograph Original Receipt Signed + Engraving

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Description: AutographsRevolutionary War Major General Horatio Gates SignedHORATIO GATES (1727-1806). American General during the Revolutionary War who took credit for the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga only after General Benedict Arnold, who led the attack, was finally forced from the field when he was shot in the leg and was blamed for the defeat at the Battle of Camden.March 22, 1793-Dated Federal Period, original Partially-Printed Receipt Signed, "Gates" at Bowery, New York, Choice Extremely Fine. Being an ornately bordered offical receipt for hay grown by Gates and sold to a "Mr. Hillyard" measuring about 3" x 2.75". Lot also includes a modern engraving of Genral Horatio Gates. (2 items)Horatio Gates was a British soldier who served in North America during the French and Indian War and became a Major General in the American Revolutioanry War Continental Army. He claimed victory at Saratoga (1777) and was involved in the Conway Cabal; he was Relieved of his Command and his conduct was questioned after the Battle of Camden in 1780. In 1782 General Gates was allowed back into service under Commanding General George Washington.

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1756 KING GEORGE II of England Christmas Greeting Manuscript Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsKING GEORGE II Sends Thanks for a Christmas GreetingKING GEORGE II (1683-1760). King of Great Britain and Ireland, Ruled over America until his death in 1760.December 31, 1756-Dated, Manuscript Letter Signed, "George R," as King of England, with five words in his hand, written in German, not translated, 1 page, front & back, measuring 8" x 12.5", Choice Very Fine. Tiny edge chip at upper left. Bold brown and vividly written on period laid paper from St. James Palace in London, King George sends his thanks for a Christmas greeting from a royal cousin. A most wonderful ornate very special example for display.

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1800 KING GEORGE III Ornately Illustrated Manuscript Large Vellum Document

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Description: AutographsAttractive Illustrated (King George III) Vellum Document(KING GEORGE III) (1738-1820). King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 during the French & Indian War through the American Revolutionary War, until his death in 1820.February 12, 1800-Dated Federal Period, handsomely calligraphed, Large Manuscript Document, Not signed, 1 page, on Vellum Parchment, measuring 35" x 28.75" (folded to 12" x 8.25"), Fine. Issued at Westminster, England in the name of King George III. A superb ornately bordered, with Hand-drawn Portrait of King George III at the upper left which measures 7.5" x 8.5, and Drawn Royal Portraiture along the top (25" x 4.5"), left edge (2" x 18"), and right edge (2" x 25"). Thomas Sewell is the demandant (plaintiff) against tenant Hannibal Sandys for a large amount of land. Recovery is granted. Ideal for framing and display.

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Military Appointment Signed by JOHN TAYLOR GILMAN as Governor of New Hampshire

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Description: AutographsMilitary Appointment Signed by JOHN TAYLOR GILMAN JOHN TAYLOR GILMAN (1753-1828). Two Time Governor of New Hampshire, Farmer, Shipbuilder, and Statesman from Exeter, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress in 1782-1783 and was Governor of New Hampshire for 14 years, from 1794 to 1805 and from 1813 to 1816.June 19, 1798-Dated Federal Period, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "J T Gilman" as Governor of New Hampshire, Hopkinton, measuring 15.5" x 12.5", Fine. An original Signed Document, being a Military Commission appointing Jonathan Marsh "Ensign of the Tenth Company in the Fifth Regiment of Militia, in the said State of New Hampshire." Folds, splits, pin holes, soiling. Intact paper seal in the upper left. Gilman's signature in the lower right is bold and crisp, making this document an excellent choice for framing and display.John Taylor Gilman (December 19, 1753 - August 31, 1828) was a farmer, shipbuilder, and statesman from Exeter, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress in 1782-1783 and was Governor of New Hampshire for 14 years, from 1794 to 1805, and from 1813 to 1816.Gilman was one of the Minutemen of 1775 and a selectman in 1777 and 1778. Gilman served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1779 and 1781 and was a delegate to the Convention of the States in Hartford, Connecticut, in October 1780. He served as a member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783. He was the New Hampshire Treasurer in 1791 and moderator 1791-1794, 1806, 1807, 1809-1811, 1817, 1818, and 1820-1825.

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1861, Civil War Date Union General ULYSSES S. GRANT Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsRare 1861 Civil War Date Autograph Letter Signed General U.S. Grant Orders a Riverboat be Used as a Hospital Ship!ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885). 18th President of the United States serving from (March 4, 1869-March 4, 1877), First "Lieutenant-General" since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), who led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.September 10, 1861, Civil War Date, Autograph Letter Signed, "U. S. Grant Brig Gen Com.," 1 page, measuring 8" x 9.75", Cairo, [IL], Choice Very Fine. Written to Major Hatch, the Brigade Quartermaster, ordering him to engage a riverboat for use as a hospital ship. It reads, in full:"Head Quarters, --- You will please engage the steamer Swallow as a Hospital for the use of troops at Fort Holt and have her towed there at once. I understand the steamer can be had for twenty-five dollar pr. day. More should not be paid. -- (Signed) U. S. Grant - Brig Gen Com."Fort Holt was located opposite Grant's headquarters in Cairo, Ill., protecting the mouth of the Ohio River. Only four days earlier, on September 6, 1861, Genral Grant led the successful and bloodless capture of Paducah, Kentucky, which solidified Union control of the mouth of the Tennessee River, cutting off an important route into the Confederate interior. He would use the Tennessee River in early 1862 to capture Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, important strategic targets. The steamer "Swallow" had already seen some federal service. In April 1861, the Riverboat was used to capture the steamer "C.E. Hillman," bound from St. Louis to Nashville laden with 1000 pounds of gunpowder.

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Original Handwritten Poem Ninth of April 1865 by Percy Greg, End of Civil War

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Description: Autographs"Ninth of April 1865" Original Handwritten American Civil War Poem by Percy GregPERCY GREG (1836-1889), English Poet and Writer.April 9, 1865-Dated Manuscript Poem authored and Signed by the noted English Writer, "Percy Greg" entitled, "Ninth of April 1865" Choice Crisp Extremely Fine. This Poem is headed, "Ninth of April 1865" and commemorates the end of the American Civil War on that date. Written by the English writer Percy Greg, and bearing his full signature upon the reverse side second page. A handwritten Manuscript Document, 2 pages, written upon a single sheet back-to-back, measuring 13" x 8" upon clean, crisp wove period paper watermarked with "Cranes All Linen." This historic original Poem reads, in full:"Ninth of April, 1865""It is a nation's death-cry! Yes; the agony is past:The stoutest race that ever fought to-day hath fought its last.Ay: start and shudder; well thou mayst! well veil thy weeping eyes!England, may God forgive thy part; Man cannot but despise.Yes, shudder at that cry that speaks the South's supreme despair,Thou that couldst save and savedst not; that wouldst and didst not dare!Thou that hadst might to aid the right and heart to brook the wrong;Weak words of comfort for the weak; strong hand to help the strong!That land, the garden of thy wealth, one haggard waste appears, The ashes of her sunny homes are slaked with patriot tears.Tears for the slain who died in vain for freedom on the field;Tears, tears of bitterer anguish still for those that live -- to yield.The cannon of his country pealed Stuart's funeral knell;Her soldiers' cheers rang in his ears as Stonewall Jackson fell.Onward o'er gallant Ashby's grave swept War's triumphant tide,And Southern hopes were living yet, when Polk and Morgan died. But he, the leader on whose word those captains loved to wait,The noblest, bravest, best of all, hath found a harder fate.Unscathed by shot and steel he passed through many a desperate field;O God, that he hath lived so long, and only lived -- to yield!Along the war-worn wasted ranks that loved him to the last, With saddened face and weary pace the vanquished chieftain passed.Their own hard lot the men forgot; they felt what his must be;What thoughts in that dark hour must wring the heart of General Lee.The manly cheek with tears was wet, the stately head was bowed,As breaking from their shattered ranks around his steed they crowd.'I did my best for you:' 'twas all those quivering lips could say;Ah, happy those whom death hath spared the anguish of to-day!Weep on, Virginia! weep the lives given to thy cause in vain;The sons who live to wear once more the Union's galling chain;The homes whose light is quenched for aya; the graves without a stone;The folded flag, the broken sword, the hope for ever flown.Yet raise thy head, fair land! thy dead died bravely for the right;The folded flag is stainless still, the broken sword is bright.No blot is on thy record found; no treason soils thy fame:Weep then thy dead: -- with covered head we mourn our England's shame!"Percy Greg, like his father, wrote about politics, but his views were violently reactionary. His book, "History of the United States to the Reconstruction of the Union" (1887) can be said to be more of a polemic, rather than a history. His book "Across the Zodiac" (1880) is an early science fiction novel, said to be the progenitor of the sword-and-planet genre. For that novel, Greg created what may have been the first artistic language that was described with linguistic and grammatical terminology. It also contained what is possibly the first instance in the English language of the word "Astronaut".

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1772 JOHN HANCOCK Partially-Printed Hand Completed Document With His Autograph

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Description: Autographs1772 John Hancock Signed & Hand Engrossed DocumentJOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793). President of the Second Continental Congress and was the First and Third Governor of Massachusetts, Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Merchant, Statesman and Patriot of the American Revolution.December 29, 1772-Dated Pre Revolutionary War Colonial Era, Partially-Printed Document, Engrossed and Signed by John Hancock with his Autograph within the printed text portion, 1 page, 9" x 4.5", Choice Very Fine. Being a Merchant Ship's Manifest of: "Two hundred and Seventeen Casks White Sperm Oil & Thirty nine Tons Twenty four & a half gallons." Here, John Hancock has himself completed the manuscript portions and filled in this document, with his name also appearing in the first line and then signed by Joseph Hook at its conclusion. A wonderful, rather inexpensive and fully authentic John Hancock signed document as a Boston merchant.

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1889 President-Elect BENJAMIN HARRISON Autograph Signed Check

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Description: Autographs1889 President-Elect Benjamin Harrison Signed CheckBENJAMIN HARRISON (1833-1901). 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893.January 4, 1889-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Benj. Harrison," as President-Elect, 1 page, 7.25" x 3", Choice Extremely Fine. Being a check drawn on Fletcher's Bank, Indianapolis, Ind., both Engrossed and Signed by Harrison, and in the amount of $8.27. Cut-cancelled in lower right, intersecting signature but not detracting from it. Harrison was elected in 1888 and assumed the office of President on March 4, 1889, just two months after this check was written. Harrison succeeded Grover Cleveland, who again won the presidency in 1892.

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Continental Army Major General WILLIAM HEATH Signed Revolutionary War Document

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Description: Autographs1778 Continental Army Major General William Heath Signed Together with Ebenezer Hancock - Brother of JohnWILLIAM HEATH (1737-1814). Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, original member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.EBENEZER HANCOCK (1741-1819). Brother of John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence", the 4th and 13th President of the Continental Congress. March 23, 1778-Dated Revolutionary War, Manuscript Document Signed, "W. Heath MG" (Major General), 2 pages, measures 8.25" x 11.5", at Boston, Choice Very Fine. Boldly written in rich brown and easily readable on very clean period laid paper. Letter is written to Thomas Hancock, Deputy Paymaster General of the Forces of the United States of America, ordering him to pay Nathaniel Barber, Deputy Commissary of Military Stores the sum of $196 for four Continental Army soldiers' wages. The account of these soldiers is fully stated on the verso, with Signed Endorsements by Nathaniel Barber and Ebenezer Hancock, Deputy Paymaster General. Tiny stamp hinge reinforced edge tear at top, choice Docket on the reverse. A historic, very nice content American Revolutionary War financial document that is excellent for display. Very rare having the dual signature combination inclusive of Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819), Brother of John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and the 4th and 13th President of the Continental Congress. Ebenezer also was the keeper of the Powder house, Paymaster General of Continental Army, a Fire Warden, Selectman, and the Inspector of the Massachusetts Mint.William Heath (March 7, 1737 - January 24, 1814) was an American farmer, soldier, and political leader from Massachusetts who served as a Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.Heath made his home for his entire life at his family's farm in Roxbury, Massachusetts (present day Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, part of the city of Boston). He was born on a farm that had been settled in 1636 by his ancestors. He became active in the militia, and was a captain of the Roxbury Company of the Suffolk County militia regiment in 1760. By 1770 he was the regiment's colonel and its commanding officer.In 1765 he was elected as a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and was elected as the Company's lieutenant in 1768 and as its captain in 1770.In December 1774 the revolutionary government in Massachusetts commissioned him as a brigadier general. He commanded Massachusetts forces during the last stage of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. As the siege of Boston began, Heath devoted himself to training the militia involved in the siege. In June of that year, Massachusetts named him a major general in the state troops, and the Continental Congress commissioned him a brigadier general in the newly formed Continental Army.In 1776 Heath participated in the defense of New York City, and was one of those who urged General Washington not to abandon the city. He saw action at Long Island, Harlem Heights, and White Plains. In August 1776 he was promoted to major general in the Continental Army, but Washington had doubts about Heath's abilities and posted him where no action was expected. In November he was placed in command of forces in the Hudson River Highlands. In January 1777, Washington instructed Heath to attack Fort Independence in New York in support of Washington's actions at Trenton and Princeton, but Heath's attack was botched and his troops were routed. He was censured by Washington and thereafter was never given command of troops in combat.General Heath was placed in charge of the Convention Army of John Burgoyne's surrendered troops after the Battle of Saratoga. In 1780 he returned to command the Highland Department after Benedict Arnold's treason.Heath was listed as an original member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.After the Revolutionary War, General Heath was a member of the Massachusetts Convention that ratified the United States Constitution in 1788. He served in the state Senate 1791-1792, and as a probate court judge. In 1806 he was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, but declined the office.He died at home in Roxbury on January 24, 1814, and was buried nearby in Forest Hills Cemetery The town of Heath, Massachusetts, is named in his honor.Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819), was the Brother of John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and the 4th and 13th President of the Continental Congress. Ebenezer also was the keeper of the Powder house, Paymaster General of Continental Army, a Fire Warden, Selectman, and the Inspector of the Massachusetts Mint.(From Wikipedia)

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1785 Declaration Signer FRANCIS HOPKINSON Manuscript Document Signed

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Description: AutographsFrancis Hopkinson Boldy Signs an Order to Examine a ShipFRANCIS HOPKINSON (1737-1791). Signer of the Declaration of Independence as a Delegate from New Jersey, Federal Judge, American Author, and he played a key role in the design of the First American Flag and design of the Great Seal of the United States.May 3, 1785-Dated, Manuscript Document Signed, "Fras Hopkinson" as Judge of the Admiralty Court of Pennsylvania, 1 page, measuring 12.5" x 7.75", Philadelphia, PA, Very Fine. Also included is the May 21, 1785-Dated "Report of Survey on the Ship Anna Capt Copplestone from Bristol," being a partially-printed document signed "Thos Pryor" and "Frans Gurney" as Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia, one page, 9" x 14.5", Very Fine. Headed: "Francis Hopkinson, Esquire, Judge of the Court of admiralty of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To the Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia, Greeting:" It reads, in full:"Application having been made to Me by Richard Copplestone Master of the Ship or Vessel, called The Anna lately arrived from Bristol and now lying in this Port, for a Survey to be made on the said Ship You,or any two of you, taking to your Assistance my Ship-Carpenter or other Tradesman if you shall think it necessary to do so, are hereby directed and required diligently and carefully to Survey and examine as well the said Ship as the Goods, Wares, and Mechandizes laden on board, or any Parts or portions thereof, as you shall be thereto requested by the Owners or Consignees of the said Cargo or of any part thereof; and you are to estimate the Amount of Damage, Wastage or Loss, to the best of your Skill and Judgment, particularly specifying the Marks and Numbers of the Bales, Boxes, Casks or Packages, where such damaged Goods or Deficiencies may be found: In pursuance and according to the Direction of an Act of General Assembly of the Commonwealth, entitled 'An Act for the further Regulation of the Port of Philadelphia, and 'enlarging the Powers of the Wardens thereof;' And how you Shall have executed this Writ made a Return to Me, under your Hands duly signed on the Sixth Day of May Instant or on the next Court Day together with this writ..."Light toning at folds which have been expertly reinforced on verso. Blind embosses seal of the Admiralty Court affixed in mid-left blank margin. Massive bold 4" long signature, "Fra Hopkinson" at its conclusion. (2 items)

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Declaration Signer FRANCIS HOPKINSON + JOSEPH BORDEN Continental Congress Loan

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Description: AutographsDeclaration Signer Francis Hopkinson & Joseph Borden as Continental Congress Loan-Officer for New Jersey ReceiptFRANCIS HOPKINSON (1737 to 1791) & Colonel JOSEPH BORDEN (1719 to 1791). Hopkinson was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence as a Delegate from New Jersey, a Federal Judge, American Author, played a key role in the design of the First American Flag and in the design of the Great Seal of the United States.January 24, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War, Document Signed, "F. Hopkinson" as Treasurer of Loans for the Continental Congress Loan-Office in Pennsylvania, together Countersigned, "J. Borden" as the New Jersey Continental Loan-Office Commissioner for that State, Choice New Mint. Continental Sight Draft #1322, payable to "Jonathan Robinson" for "Thirty-Six Dollars ... for Interest due on Money borrowed by the United States" and endoresed by him as paid on the blank reverse. Outstanding in its quality and eye appeal, measuring 3.75" x 8.25", with full margins and excellent centering. Partly-printed in black and gold, accomplished in manuscript on beautiful fresh bright special laid watermarked "UNITED STATES 3" period paper. Indented at left, notation on verso of payment instruction. One of the finest quality examples we have encountered and offered. Colonel Joseph Borden's home in Bordentown, New Jersey. He was an American Patriot, represent New Jersey in the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, vocal in their protest of the pending "taxation without representation." Representative in the July 2, 1774, first Provincial Congress in New Brunswick, N.J., and again as a member of the Provincial Congress in Trenton during May, June, and August of 1775. Appointed New Jersey State Continental Treasurer on certificates issued by the U.S. Continental Loan Office as Loan Officer from 1777-1785 (interest-bearing bonds sold by the Continental Congress throughout the Revolutionary War).Col. Joseph Borden (1719 to 1791) was an American Patriot in New Jersey who assumed the family business, making the Colonel a very influential businessman. His stature within the community allowed him to become involved in civic matters, and over the course of his life he held a number of designations. In 1749, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace, and was appointed as a Judge in both 1757 and 1767. In 1761, he was elected to the Assembly as one of the two members representing Burlington County, and he served until 1769.In 1765, at the age of 46, he was selected as one of three individuals to represent New Jersey in the Stamp Act Congress in New York (the other two representatives were Hendrick Fisher, a wealthy farmer, and Robert Ogden, the then speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, whose son Matthais would play a role in the minting of the infamous "New Jersey coppers"). The highly controversial Stamp Act was to take effect Nov. 1, 1765, and the colonists were vocal in their protest of the pending "taxation without representation." Borden and Fisher both endorsed the appeal for the King to repeal the Act. Borden was chosen to partake in the July 2, 1774, first Provincial Congress in New Brunswick, N.J., and again as a member of the Provincial Congress in Trenton during May, June, and August of 1775. In early 1776 he was commissioned a Colonel of a militia regiment in New Jersey, but he resigned in September of the same year to accept the appointment of quartermaster, for which he was most likely better suited. Other civic duties included his appointment as a common pleas judge in both 1776 and 1781.Accounts of interest payments made by the New Jersey State Treasurer on certificates issued by the U.S. Continental Loan Office (interest-bearing bonds sold by the Continental Congress throughout the Revolutionary War, first signed by U.S. Treasurer Michael Hillegas or his son, Samuel, and later Francis Hopkinson) which were sent to loan officers in each state to be sold to investors. Because the Continental government had great difficulty meeting its financial obligations (and in 1782 ceased making interest payments on Loan Office bonds), Congress urged the states to assist in paying these and other Continental debts.In June 1783 the New Jersey legislature authorized payment of one year's interest on Loan Office certificates held by state residents. Accounts include payment date, voucher and certificate numbers, and names of Continental treasurer and N.J. state loan officer (chiefly Joseph Borden, Loan Officer from 1777-1785), as well as some officers from other states.Francis Hopkinson (1737 to 1791) was born in Philadelphia, the first of eight children born to Thomas and Mary Hopkinson. Financially well off, the Hopkinsons enjoyed an admirable social standing, as Thomas was a respected attorney, the first president of the American Philosophical Society and the founder of the Academy of Philadelphia, which eventually became the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a friend and confidant of Benjamin Franklin and supposedly played the role of willing assistant during more than one of Franklin's experiments. Thomas died when Francis was only 14. However, Mary made sure that Francis obtained a solid education at the school his father started. Francis earned his bachelors and masters degrees in 1757 and 1760 respectively. He initially studied law under venerable Philadelphia practitioner Benjamin Chew and was admitted to the bar soon thereafter in 1761. Despite his formal training, Francis' foray into the actual practice of law was limited, as he opted for a career in public service while aspiring to pursue his more creative side, drawing, painting, composing music and writing poetry, essays and politically tinged satires. Early on in his professional career, he obtained several lower level posts including that of customs collector in Salem, N.J., during 1763. One area of success was his ability to marry well. In 1768 he married the aforementioned Ann "Nancy" Borden, and together they had nine children. Tragically, four of the children died at rather young ages. While being part of the well-heeled Borden family allowed him to continue his musical and literary pursuits, lest anyone mistake him for having no ambition he also continued his career in public service and in politics. In 1772 he obtained the post as the customs collector for the port of New Castle, Del. In 1774, Hopkinson moved to Bordentown and made a second, more dedicated attempt at practicing law and also began to more seriously pursue politics. True to the cause of patriotism, he resigned his crown-appointed position as customs collector for Newcastle, and in June of 1776 he was elected as a delegate to represent New Jersey in the Second Continental Congress, and he became a Signor of the Declaration of Independence. Leaving Congress in November of 1776, he briefly served on the Navy Board in Philadelphia, and in 1778 he also had a stint as the treasurer of the Continental Loan Office. Despite his increased public service activities, he still found time to indulge his artistic side, lending his talented hand to the design of several official government seals and the original Orrery Seal of the University of Pennsylvania. Hopkinson's name is also linked, though not without debate, to the design of the American flag. His creative pursuits took a musical turn as he penned the popular drinking song "The Battle Of The Kegs" - a satirical ditty based on the following event: some creative patriots fabricated makeshift torpedoes (affectionately called "marine turtles") by filling kegs with gun powder and floated them toward the Philadelphia Harbor, which was occupied by British ships. The British spent most of the night in a paranoid state shooting at the kegs (and any other flotsam), which, much to the dismay of their commanders, cast the world's most powerful navy in an embarrassing light. He held other governmental and judicial positions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the 1780s as well as organizational roles with the American Philosophical Society and University of Pennsylvania along with its predecessor institutions.

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1844 President of Texas SAMUEL HOUSTON Twice Signed Document

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Description: AutographsPresident of Texas Sam Houston Twice Signed Document Ordering Texas Hero Jack Shackelford to make a PaymentSAMUEL "SAM" HOUSTON (1793-1863). American Statesman, Politician, and Soldier, best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States, 7th Governor of Texas and the Only Person in U.S. history to have been the Governor of Two Different States.April 4, 1844-Dated (Twice Signed) Manuscript Document Signed, "Sam Houston" as President of Texas, 1 page, measuring 8" x 9.75", Very Fine. This Document approving a purchase of "Sperm Candles," additionally endorsed over the top of the text by Houston. It reads, in full:"Genl Sam Houston -- for Executive Contingents -- to J. Shackelford -- August 11, 1842 To 1 Box Sperm Candles 36.3 lbs 75 $27.56 par funds -- Approved - 4th Apl. 1844 - (Signed) Sam Houston" (his distinctive fancy paraph below his signature). Over the top of the text Houston again adds his bold signature ordering J. Shackelford to "pay this - Sam Houston" (again adding his paraph).Jack Shackelford (1790-1857) had served in the Texas Revolution as a Commander under James Fannin. The Mexican Army, however, spared his life at the Goliad Massacre of 1836, likely so he could care for the Mexican wounded during the Battle of Coleto, which occurred eight days before the massacre at Goliad. (Shackelford's account of the massacre is considered by many to be the finest early account.) Shortly after this, Shackelford was sent to San Antonio de Bexar by his Mexican captors to care for the Mexican soldiers wounded at the Alamo. In 1842, during Houston's second presidential term, Shackelford again helped Texas against an invading Mexican army.

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HUBERT HUMPHREY Autograph Signed Speech as Vice President under Lyndon Johnson

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Description: Autographs"Freedom" Speech Signed by Hubert Humphrey as Acting United States VP to President Lyndon B Johnson, on "preservation of the Union AND the freeing of the slaves"HUBERT HUMPHREY (1911-1978). 38th Vice President of the United States under Lyndon B. Johnson, Democratic Candidate for President 1968.Typed Speech Signed, "Hubert H Humphrey," with Historical Content entitled, "Freedom: A Personal Appraisal," Choice Near Mint. Humphrey was Vice President of the United States under Lyndon B. Johnson. His Speech has 3 typed pages, not dated, measuring 8.5" x 11" presented on fine white cotton wove paper. It contains important content regarding the increase in Freedom in our country with quotes such as, in part:"We plead for progress, for greater understanding, for a more compassionate approach to our own and to world problems. We must always be aware of our defects and not try to hide them. But let us not forget this great reality of national life. We do have more freedom than ever before." Also "In many ways, to me, my father typifies that essential spirit. He read a good deal of Tom Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. In his mind, the Civil War was fought over the issues of preservation of the Union AND the freeing of the slaves."Fantastic original speech in superb, bright fresh condition! Humphrey's vivid signature at the conclusion on page 3 is crisp and bold, written in deep black ink measuring 3" long. The full text should be read for its content to provide a full historical perspective and appreciation.

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1863 HENRY JACKSON HUNT Chief of Artillery Union Army, Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: Autographs1863 Civil War Henry Jackson Hunt Letter as Chief of Artillery in the Union Army of the Potomac to Gen SpragueHENRY JACKSON HUNT (1819-1889). Chief of Artillery in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. February 2, 1863-Dated Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "H. J. Hunt," as Chief of Artillery, 1.5 pages, on "Office of Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac." letterhead, Very Fine. The official letterhead paper shows normal folds with separation to the blank attached page attached with some small pieces of paper tape being of no consequence. Otherwise fine condition on this Civil War-date letter with war-related content. This Letter is written to General Sprague, and reads, in full:"Dear General -- McMahons battery is going to the dogs for want of a man, and I hear nothing of the absent Captain, who some say was no better than those officers now with it. - The man I recommend, Patrick Hart, was the driver of my howitzer at the Garita San Cosme and a pet of Genl Worth. He became 1st Sergeant of the battery, and is the best man I know for the position. - He is now in the Government employment at Alexandria, under Lieut Col Bells Corps of Subsistence. - If you have any information of the position being vacant, you cannot do better for the battery than to appoint Hart to it. - We are all in the agonies of a reorganization. - Worth is well. -- Truly yours, (Signed) H.J. Hunt."John Wilson Sprague (April 4, 1817 - December 27, 1894) was an American soldier and railroad executive. He served as a General in the Union Army in the Western Theater of operations during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Decatur during the Atlanta Campaign. After the Civil War, he was a railroad executive and later co-founded the City of Tacoma, Washington, serving as its first mayor.

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1792 DAVID HUMPHREYS Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsDavid Humphreys' Autograph Letter Signed to President George Washington's Personal Secretary Tobias LearDAVID HUMPHREYS (1752-1818). American Revolutionary War Colonel and Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington, American Minister to Portugal and then to Spain, Entrepreneur who brought Merino sheep to America and Member of the Connecticut State Legislature, also Poet and Author he was one of the then famous "Hartford Wits".November 28, 1792-Dated Fereral Period, Excellent Content Autograph Letter Signed, "D. Humphreys" as U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, 4 pages, Lisbon, measuring 9" x 7.5", Choice Very Fine. Letter to Tobias Lear as private secretary to President George Washington, with news on many important, mostly European political subjects such as, "In case Britain should have occasion for troops from him to fight against us again, I think I could negociate with him, as well as almost any Plenipotentiary...". It reads, in part:"...Lord Shrewsbury sailed from here in his own yatch [sic]... if he should come to your part of America... I wish you would take some pains to make him known to the President & procure such civilities for him as he may seem to merit... The Margravine [of Anspach] has entreated of me... that I would procure for her two Virginia red Birds, a male & female. If you, or rather our friend Colo. Biddle can contrive to have them sent to me, I shall be very well pleased to... shew this little act of attention to Her Serene Highness. I know it will be very grateful to the Margrave... In case Britain should have occasion for troops from him to fight against us again, I think I could negociate with him, as well as almost any Plenipotentiary... The Duke [of Norhumberland] is disposed to be extremely sociable. We had a great deal of conversation on the American War... He told me several curious anecdotes of the British Commanders in Chief, which I could scarcely have learnt from any other quarter...".Ex: EAHA Auction, February 10, 2001, Lot 106, where is sold for $1,265.David Humphreys served as a Revolutionary Lieutenant Colonel, later as a Brigadier General and Aide-De-Camp to George Washington. He became Commissioner to Algiers; Special Ambassador to Portugal (1790), and Ambassador to Spain (1796-1801).

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1789 Revolutionary War General JEDEDIAH HUNTINGTON Signed Treasury Document

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Description: AutographsRevolutionary War General Jedediah Huntington Signed 1789 Connecticut Financial Funding & Debt Document JEDEDIAH HUNTINGTON (1743-1818). American General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, brevetted Major General in 1783, one of the organizers of the Society of the Cincinnati, member of the court-martial that tried Gen. Charles Lee and that condemned Major Andr. He "fought courageously during the Battle of Bunker Hill, from which he emerged a Colonel."1789-Dated Federal Period, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "J Huntington," as Treasurer, measuring 12.5" x 7.5", (Hartford, CT.), Gem Crisp Mint. This is an unused yet properly Pre-Signed, 1789 Connecticut Treasury Office Document. It was to be used for reporting on Payment Certificate Notes issued to Continental Army Revolutionary War Soldiers, who's notes were to be turned in for payment to the Treasury. This is an unused, pristine full Uncut Double-page recording sheet for that purpose. It is boldly printed in black, fresh and bright having lots of original press text embossing remaining within the quality laid watermarked period paper, attesting to its originality. The signature of Revolutionary War General Jedediah Huntington is quite magnificent, being a bold deep brown exactly as it appeared on the day it was signed, measuring a full 2" long and lovely for display. (Please see our online website for more about General Jedediah Huntington.)Jedediah Huntington (4 August 1743 - 25 September 1818), also known as Jedidiah Huntington, was an American General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of Jabez Huntington (1719-1786). He graduated at Harvard in 1763.Huntington joined the American army at Cambridge, "fought courageously during the Battle of Bunker Hill, from which he emerged a Colonel," became a Brigadier General in 1777, and took part in many important engagements until the close of the war. In 1778 he was a member of the court-martial that tried General Charles Lee and in 1780 of the one that condemned Major Andr. He was brevetted Major General in 1783. He was also one of the organizers of the Society of the Cincinnati.He became collector of the port of New London in 1789 and held the office 26 years.(From Wikipedia)

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SAMUEL HUNTINGTON Signed 1782 Revolutionary War Interest Pay Note

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Description: AutographsPresident of the Continental Congress & Signer of the Declaration of Independence From ConnecticutSAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796). President of the Continental Congress, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut, served as President (September 28, 1779 to February 28, 1781), thus... after the Articles of Confederation were ratified, he was "technically" the First President of the United States of America (March 1-July 6, 1781). June 7, 1782-Dated Revolutionary War, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Sam'l Huntington" measuring 7.25" x 11.5" on fine quality laid period paper upon an Uncut Sheet of Revolutionary War interest pay notes, Choice Extremely Fine. The signer acknowledges receipt of the interest payment on monies loaned to the State of Connecticut. This original Uncut Sheet has four Receipts, of which Huntington's signature is at bottom. Some minor age tone, in overall excellent crisp condition. The historic signature of "Sam'l Huntington" is deep rich brown measuring fully 2.25" long.

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1781 Historic Draft SAMUEL HUNTINGTON Unsigned Revolutionary War Letter

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Description: Autographs1781 Important Historic Draft by Declaration Signer (SAMUEL HUNTINGTON) Unsigned Revolutionary War Letter Congratulates the French Foreign Minister on "the Important Glorious success of our Combined Forces on the compleat capture of Ld Cornwallis and all his Army"(SAMUEL HUNTINGTON) Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, President of the Continental Congress serving from September 28, 1779 until July 9, 1781. Governor of Connecticut. Because Huntington was the President of the Continental Congress when the Articles of Confederation were ratified, some unconventional biographers and civic groups in Connecticut claim that Huntington was actually the first President of the United States!November 7, 1781-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Historic Handwritten Draft Letter by (Samuel Huntington), Unsigned, with Docket also by Huntington reading, "Copy of letter to / the Minister of France / Novr 7th 1781.", 2 pages, measuring 8" x 13.25", Norwich (CT), Very Fine. Expected light folds, a very thin (easily removeable) prior paper mounting strip along the vertical right edge on the second page with minor ink errosion where Huntington has struck through "the Chesapeake" resulting in minor paper loss and some show-through, minor reinforcement of some edge fold splits. Below the Docket is written "Samuel Huntington" which appears to be in another contemporary hand. Overall in nice condition.When Ex: President of Congress John Jay left America to become the United States Minister to Spain, on September 28, 1779 Samuel Huntington was elected to succeed him as the next President of the Continental Congress. As acting President of Congress, it did require Huntington to handle a good deal of correspondence and sign official documents. He spent his time as President urging the States and their legislatures to support the levies for men, supplies, and money needed to continue fighting the Revolutionary War. The Articles of Confederation were also ratified during his term. Huntington remained as President of Congress until July 9, 1781, when ill health forced him to resign and return to Connecticut. He returned to the Congress as a delegate from Connecticut for the 1783 session to see the success of the American Revolution embodied in the signing of Treaty of Paris. This historic Draft Letter is by the Signer of the Declaration of Independence and as the immediate past President of the United States Continental Congress Assembled, who here congratulates the French Foreign Minister on, "the Important Glorious success of our Combined Forces on the compleat capture of Ld Cornwallis and all his Army."Three weeks earlier, British Major Commanding General Lord Cornwallis had surrendered his command to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. This Draft Letter is Hand Docketed by Huntington, "Copy of letter to / the Minister of France / Novr 7th 1781." This Draft Letter also contains his scattered corrections and additions. It reads (words being crossed out are in brackets), in full:"I cannot deny myself the pleasure of Congratulating you on the Important Glorious Success of our Combined Forces in the compleat Capture of Ld Cornwallis and all his Army."[I am truly charmed with] The conduct of Count de Grasse so far as [it] hath come to m knowledge charms me; his drupping the British fleet sufficient to [Convince] teach them [they might not & could] to keep at due distance & not [until the Chesapeake or] again attempt to interrupt the siege, & at the same time not Suffering himself to be too far diverted from his first main object, Evinces that he possesd Tallents accomplisments equal to his Station worth of so Important Command in the Navy. May our Successes this Campaign be in proportion to the Generous imparralled aids [which these United States have] received from his most Christian and proved Eventually productive of the happiest Consequences to [France and America] the perpetual advantage of both nations. -- I have the honour to be etc".Because Samuel Huntington was the President of the Continental Congress when the Articles of Confederation were ratified, some unconventional biographers and civic groups in Connecticut claim that Huntington was actually the first President of the United States!Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he Signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.He also served as President of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1781, President of the United States in Congress Assembled in 1781, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1784 to 1785, and the 18th Governor of Connecticut from 1786 until his death. Because Huntington was the President of the Continental Congress when the Articles of Confederation were ratified, some unconventional biographers and civic groups in Connecticut claim that Huntington was actually the first President of the United States

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1837-Dated ANDREW JACKSON Letter Signed Together with a Period Engraving

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Description: Autographs1837 "Andrew Jackson" Signed Letter with EngravingANDREW JACKSON (1767-1845). Seventh President of the United States (1829-1837), a Politician and Army General who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814), and the British at the Battle of New Orleans (1815).April 1, 1837-Dated, Letter Signed, "Andrew Jackson," 1 page, measuring 9.75" x 7.5", with Integral Mailing Cover, Choice Very Fine. This is a one-page Letter, Signed in Jackson's own hand to General John McCalla in Lexington, Kentucky. Docket on the verso reads: "General Jackson - 1 April 1837. - Enclosing his answer to committee". Jackson's fully executed signature, "Andrew Jackson" is exceptionally bold measuring nearly 3" long, being on fine quality period wove paper. This letter was written from the Hermitage just after the end of Andrew Jackson's Presidency. It reads, in full:"Hermitage -- April 1st. 1837 -- D. Sir, --- I enclose to you a very inadequate answer to the kind communication you made to me at Cincinnati on behalf of my friends at Lexington. The answer has been prepared as soon as my health would enable me to attend to business. With the appearance of my high regard for you - I remain your friend, - (Signed) Andrew Jackson."Matted together with an original c. 1830s Peter Maverick engraved, handsome printed illustration of Andrew Jackson in his military uniform, measuring 8.25" x 11.75" on heavy wove period paper. Overall, both are well matched, quite clean having excellent eye appeal making this pair ready to frame and display. (2 items)General John Moore McCalla (1732-1873). As a Captain, John Moore McCalla studied law at Transylvania University until the outbreak of the War of 1812, when he was commissioned as Adjutant of the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Regiment. In letters home, he wrote a vivid account of Winchester's march and the Battle of French Town on January 18, 1813. His letters ceased on the eve of the Battle of the River Raisin, where he was taken prisoner on January 22nd.After the War of 1812, McCalla became a lawyer, U.S. Marshal, and Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Lexington. He was appointed Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury in 1845. He died in Washington, D.C., in 1873.

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REVERDY JOHNSON Autograph Lawyer for Mary Surratt at Lincoln Assassination trial

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Description: AutographsReverdy Johnson Autograph Senator & Lawyer for Mary Surratt at her Abraham Lincoln Assassination TrialREVERDY JOHNSON (1796-1876). Famed Attorney and Statesman, Lawyer for Mary Surratt at her Lincoln Assassination Trial.Original Autograph Signed, "Reverdy Johnson" the famous attorney who represented Mary Surratt at her trial as one of the members of the Abraham Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy in 1865, Choice Very Fine. Mary Surratt was accused of assisting John Wilkes Booth, her son John Surratt, and a number of others in the plot to first kidnap, and then to kill, the President at the end of the Civil War. Measures 2" x 3.5" on card, tipped to a larger 3.5" x 5.5" card with normal light age for display. Said to be from an old New England Autograph collection. Very rare when you want to find an example of this historic Trial Lawyer who's famous legal cases included the Dred Scott case and Mary Surratt's defense.REVERDY JOHNSON (1796-1876) was a prominent and respected Maryland Lawyer and statesman. He served as a United States Senator, Attorney General of the United States, and Ambassador to England. He participated in many of the most famous legal cases of the 19th Century including the Dred Scott case and the Mary Surratt defense.

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HELEN KELLER Typed Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsHelen Keller Writes of Her Love for Poetry Wonderful Content Typed Letter SignedHELEN KELLER (1880-1968). The first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.December 29, 1896-Dated Typed Letter Signed, "Helen Keller," in pencil, one page, 8" x 9.75", Choice Very Fine. A lovely holiday letter written by Keller to a Mr. Johnson. Keller has handwritten the date and place at the head: "Cambridge, Mass. December 29, 1896." This Typed Letter nicely Signed, "Helen Keller" reads, in full:"Dear Mr. Johnson: -- The Christmas holidays have at last brought me to opportunity for which I have waited so long, and, although it is very late to thank you for the beautiful poems you sent me, yet I feel sure that you will forgive the delay, and accept my tardy but sincere acknowledgments. I have read some of the poems, and enjoyed them very much, especially "The Winter Hour" and "The September Violet." You know I love poetry. It is one of the beautiful things that I can really enjoy. Music, pictures and great, noble buildings are things that I must enjoy through others; but poetry speaks directly to my heart, and fills my silent life with light, and joy and beauty."I had a most joyous Christmas. The sun shone warm and bright, and dear old Santa Claus brought me many delightful surprises; but better than the Christmas sunshine, better than all the lovely presents, I had the joy of having my dear ones, mother, little sister and brother with me! The children had never been north before; so their first Christmas in Santa Claus's own land had a special charm for them. "Please give my love to Mr. Gilder, and tell him I am hoping to see him in Cambridge soon. I enjoy my studies more than I can tell you. Every day God opens a new page of His great book to me, and every morning I wake with a new joy in my heart; for life is so beautiful, and so full of possibilities! With love and New Year's greetings, I am, (penciled in Keller's hand) Affectionately your friend Helen Keller."This great content Letter is matted along with an engraved portrait of Helen Keller, measuring about 2.5" x 3.5", and to an overall size 12" x 22" ready for framing and display.

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