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ROSE BAMPTON (1907-2007)
ROSE BAMPTON (1907-2007) 
Leading Operatic Soprano of the Metropolitan Opera beginning in 1932

Leading Operatic Soprano of the Metropolitan Opera beginning in 1932. Beautiful sepia-tone portrait photograph of Bampton looking directly at the camera in a Diva-like pose. Signed and inscribed on the front, and dated 1950.


LUCRETIA BORI (1887-1960)
LUCRETIA BORI (1887-1960) 
Spanish lyric soprano

Spanish lyric soprano, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera House from 1913. Signed card, "Most sincerely yours, Lucretia Bori."


EDDIE CANTOR (1892-1964)
EDDIE CANTOR (1892-1964) 
American performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and composer

American performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and composer with a career that encompassed Broadway, radio, movies and the early days of television. His nickname was "Banjo Eyes" for the eye rolling he did during his song and dance routines. Typewritten letter, dated February 5, 1954, thanking two fans for their recent warm letter. He "Thanks-thanks-thanks" them and signs it "Eddie Cantor."


JOE FRAZIER (1944-2011) 


NELSON EDDY
NELSON EDDY  
Stage and movie star

Stage and movie star, best known for the many operettas he appeared in opposite Jeanette MacDonald. Typed letter on Eddy's personal stationery, dated November 16, 1935, thanking an admirer for kind words concerning his performance in "Naughty Marietta." Boldly signed "Nelson Eddy


JOHANNA GADSKI (1872-1932)
JOHANNA GADSKI (1872-1932) 
German operatic soprano

German operatic soprano, admired for her interpretations of Wagnerian roles. Elegant signature and inscription on blue card, "In kind remembrance, Johanna Gadski Tauscher, New York, 1922."


MARY GARDEN (1862-1914)
MARY GARDEN (1862-1914) 
Scottish-born operatic soprano

Large, bold signature on card "Thank you for your letter – With Regards and Greetings! Mary Garden."


SANDY KOUFAX (1935- )
SANDY KOUFAX (1935- )  
All-time great Dodgers' lefthanded pitcher

Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Baseball Hall of Fame and winner of 3 Cy Young Awards in 1963, 1965 and 1966. Koufax was the first major league player to pitch four no-hitters (including the eighth perfect game in the history of baseball.) A limited edition print (18" x 24") boldly autograph signed by Koufax.


LIBERACE
LIBERACE  
World-renowned pianist

A world-renowned pianist with a career that spanned four decades and covered concerts, recordings, film and television, Liberace became the highest paid entertainer during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
A child prodigy born to a musical family, Liberace was a showman. He became a star in the '50s, both through his records and assorted television and film appearances. His appearance and repertoire were became increasingly campy, dressing himself in rhinestones, gold lame, furs, and sequins while playing everything from Gershwin and show tunes to lounge jazz and light classical pieces. With a lighted candelabra placed on his piano. Liberace's star rose rapidly in the early '50s, and he had his own syndicated television show, appropriately titled "The Liberace Show." His celebrity reached a peak in the mid-'50s starring in the 1955 film "Sincerely Yours," a movie about a deaf concert pianist, was mentioned in popular song, "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes and published his own cookbook. In 1956, Liberace celebrated 25 years in show business with an extravagant concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Liberace would go on to make appearances on other television programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show, "Person to Person," "The Jack Benny Program," "The Tonight Show with Jack Paar," "Here's Lucy," "The Monkees" and "Batman" among others.
The success of Liberace's syndicated television show drove record sales. By 1954, he had recorded nearly 70 albums with his record "Liberace by Candlelight" selling over 400,000 copies.
This museum quality framed photograph of Liberace measures 13" x 15". The white mat showcases a beautifully cut piano keyboard within the matting at the bottom. The photograph features a personal note reading "To Michael Good Luck, Liberace."


CONNIE MACK (1862-1956)
CONNIE MACK (1862-1956) 
The longest-serving manager in major league baseball history

American baseball player, manager and team owner and the longest-serving manager in major league baseball history. He played baseball from 1886 to 1896 before becoming manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He would go on to manage the Philadelphia Athletics for the club's first 50 seasons. He was the first manager to win the World Series three times and the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occassions (1910-11, 1929-30). Fifty years as a big league manager earned Mack the records for most games managed, most games won, and (of course) most games lost. He finished that amazing career with 3,776 wins, 4,025 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.479. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Born Cornelius McGillicuddy, Mack legally changed his name at the turn of the century so it would fit easier onto ballpark scoreboards.
This Certificate of Merit, dated August 22, 1953, was presented to Connie Mack "Grand Old Man of Baseball" by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The document was awarded to Mack for "his outstanding leadership, forthrightness and fair play for more than 75 years has reflected great credit upon baseball and inspired both adults and youths with his code of clean, vigorous sportsmanship." It is signed by Wayne E. Richards, Commander in Chief and Julian Dickenson, Adjutant General. The Certificate was presented to Mack in a presentation portfolio with his name inscribed in gold leaf.


MARGARET MATZENAUER (1881-1963
MARGARET MATZENAUER (1881-1963 
Margaret Matzenauer (1881-1963) was a Hungarian-born mezzo-soprano singer

Margaret Matzenauer (1881-1963) was a Hungarian-born mezzo-soprano singer with an opulent timbre and a wide range to her voice. For twenty years, she was with the Metropolitan Opera and performed key Italian and German operas in both Europe and the United States. This card is boldly signed, "Margaret Matzenauer" and dated August 1922.


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JACK PALANCE (1919-2006)
JACK PALANCE (1919-2006) 
American movie actor

American actor who entertained stage, screen and television audiences for over 50 years. Prior to his career in entertainment, Palance was a prize winning professional boxer and served as a bomber during World War II for the United States Army Air Forces. Nominated for three Academy Awards, he would eventually in 1991 for the role of "Curly" in "City Slickers." Palance made headlines during his Academy Award acceptance for displaying how physically fit he was by dropping to the floor and performing one-handed push-ups at the age of 73.

Attack! is a 1956 American war film starring Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, William Smithers, Robert Strauss, Richard Jaeckel, Buddy Ebsen and Peter van Eyck. It was directed by Robert Aldrich. Described as "A cynical and grim account of war," the film is set in the latter stages of World War II and tells the story of a front line combat unit led by a cowardly captain clearly out of his depth and a tougher subordinate who threatens to do away with him.

This poster measures 33" x 27" framed. It features an illustration of Jack Palance and Eddie Albert surrounded by text that reads, "The Story That Every Soldier Knew...But None Would Dare Tell!" and "Marching with the handful of great battle pictures...no "phony" glory, no candy-coated sentiment-but the raw naked guts of war grinding at you head-on like a ten-ton tank!" The stars and co-stars are printed under the illustration along with a logo for the movie. An additional line of text is printed below the logo that reads,"...the story of the flash-fused, fouled-up company the army called "Fragile Fox"!

Obtained in person by Tom Lingenfelter, president of Heritage Collectors' Society, the poster is copyrighted 1956 and number 56 of 464 that were issued. It is boldly signed in the top left corner, "Jack Palance." Not known for attaching his autograph to many items, this is the only known poster of this movie to have been personally signed by Palance.


JACK PALANCE (1919-2006)
JACK PALANCE (1919-2006) 
American movie actor

American movie actor, bomber pilot during World War Two, won an Academy Word for his role in "City Slickers." Personal check drawn on the Security Pacific National Bank for $273.00, dated March 17, 1986. Filled out in Palance's hand and signed "Jack Palance."


WILLIE PEP (1922-2006)
WILLIE PEP (1922-2006) 
American professional boxer

American professional boxer who boxed a total of 1956 rounds in the 241 bouts of his 26 year career. His final record was 229-11-1 with 65 fights resulting in knockouts. Pep was considered to be one of the best fighters of the 20th century and inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Museum quality frame measuring 11.5" by 17" houses two smaller frames. A photograph of Pep is on top with a signed card in Pep's hand is below. The card reads "With Best Wishes Willie Pep."


LILY PONS (1898-1976)
LILY PONS (1898-1976) 
French-born operatic soprano

Debuted at the Met in 1931, and skyrocketed to the highest echelon of opera singers, and was a principal soprano at the Met for the next 30 years. Program for a performance of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Mosque Theater in Newark, NJ, on March 28, 1935. Signed by Pons next to her portrait in the program.


RICHARD RODGERS (1902-1979)
RICHARD RODGERS (1902-1979) 
Broadway composer

Richard Rodgers was a famous American composer of more than 900 songs and over 40 Broadway musicals such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The King and I and many more. He was the first person to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Typewritten and signed letter on Rodgers' personal stationary to songwriter, Johnny Green. Signed affectionately, "Dick."


LOWELL THOMAS (1892-1981)
LOWELL THOMAS (1892-1981)  
Explorer, Journalist, Commentator

His book With Lawrence in Arabia helped propel T. E. Lawrence to fame. 5" by 7" black and white photograph of Thomas wearing a white hat and standing near the tail of an airplane. Signed in red ink, "Lowell Thomas."


GENERAL TOM THUMB (1838-1883)
GENERAL TOM THUMB (1838-1883) 
Stage name of Charles S. Stratton, internationally famous “little person” through his work for PT Barnum

He was married to Livinia Warren in 1863, and received by Abraham Lincoln at the White House afterwards. At the time, he stood 2 feet 9 inches tall. Great carte-de-visite photograph showing Tom Thumb, his wife Livinia, and their friends and fellow Barnum performers "Commodore" Nutt and Minnie Warren


ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957)
ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957)  
One of the most acclaimed musicians of the 20th century

Toscanini is considered one of the greatest orchestra conductors of all time. He was well known for his intensity, attention to detail and photographic memory. Not one to shy away from his personal beliefs, Toscanini refused to conduct for both Mussolini and Hitler.

Born in Parma, Italy, Toscanini won a scholarship to a local music conservatory where he studied the cello and joined the orchestra of an opera company in 1886. Conflict developed between the company and its conductor resulting in the conductor's firing. It was suggested by the company to have Toscanini pick up the baton and lead them. In spite of his age and lack of training, the public was enthralled with his mastery of the music and his career as a conductor took off. He would gain international fame.

His refusal to display Mussolini's photograph or conduct the Fascist anthem, "Giovinezza," became legendary. Mussolini, incensed at the conductor's refusal to honor him, kept Toscanini under constant watch, tapped his phone and took away his passport. The passport was only returned after worldwide protest. At the outbreak of World War II, Toscanini left Italy for America.

He would flourish during the early days of radio as conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, created especially for him in 1937. Performing live from NBC's Studio 8-H in Rockefeller Center, he conducted his first concert on December 25, 1937. The studio was specifically built for the orchestra complete with perfect acoustics. The NBC concerts continued in Studio 8-H until the fall of 1950 when they would move to Carnegie Hall. The studio would later be remodeled for television and today is home to NBC's long running show, "Saturday Night Live."

This elegant frame is museum quality and displays a photograph of Arturo Toscanini measuring 24" x 30". It houses 2 smaller frames. An 11" x 14" frame of the actual photograph and a 5.5" x 3.5" frame of an engraved plate with Toscanini's name and the years of his birth and death. The photograph was taken in 1938 by famed NBC photographer, Ray Lee Jackson. Written on the photograph in Toscanini's hand, a personal message, "To Lewis Lane, with cordiality, Arturo Toscanini" and date of "May 12, 1941."


GENE TUNNEY (1898-1978)
GENE TUNNEY (1898-1978) 
American Heavyweight Boxing Champion

American Heavyweight Boxing Champion, won his title from Jack Dempsey in 1926. He retired undefeated. Typed letter on the stationery of the Hotel Windsor, Jacksonville, Florida, to Major William B. Estes, dated March 7, 1941. Tunney promises to send an autographed picture "in boxing pose." Signed in full, "Gene Tunney."


SAMUEL COLT (1814-1962)
SAMUEL COLT (1814-1962) 
Pioneering firearms inventor

Pioneering firearms inventor, designer of the first practical revolver, which he patented in 1836. Manuscript letter written to Colt by Dudley Seldon offering to pay a bill on Colt's behalf, and suggesting he draw up an order on the reverse of the letter, which Colt has done. On the back of the letter is a pay order written and signed by Colt for $164.50, payable to Captain John Johnston. The letter is dated January 9, 1836, and the pay order is signed "Sam'l Colt." An interesting and unusual Colt item from his early career.


GEORGE EASTMAN (1854-1932)
GEORGE EASTMAN (1854-1932) 
Photographic pioneer

Photographic pioneer, inventor of the "Kodak," the first hand-held, celluloid film camera in 1888. Signature on paper, "Geo. Eastman."


THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
Inventor, businessman

Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was arguably one of the most influential people in all of history. Credited with "inventing" the Twentieth century and developing the modern research laboratory, he was the most prolific inventor in history with 1,093 U.S. patents in his name as well as patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. His numerous inventions included the electric light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera.

Edison owned numerous companies including Thomas A. Edison, Inc, which oversaw his early recordings. The standard of the day was the phonograph and the phonographic wax cylinder. The cylinder was a tube containing up to 2 minutes recorded music. In 1912, Edison introduced the new Blue Amberol Cylinder. More durable than the previous design, these new cylinders could hold up to 4 minutes of recorded music. Edison's company would continue to sell cylinders until they went out of business in 1929.

This typewritten note, dated May 7, 1921, was composed by Charles Edison, son of Thomas Edison, to his father. It discusses the inefficiency of the Blue Amberol division of Edison's company. The content specifically compares employee Jimmie Carson and his team to the team working on Blue Amberol. Charles determines that the Blue Amberol division is not working to its full potential and suggests that the team manages to make itself look busy when necessary. Thomas Edison has written a personal note at the top, "Charles. This is a rotten dept." and includes his prominent initial, "E."


THOMAS A. EDISON
THOMAS A. EDISON 
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THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
American inventor

American inventor whose inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb among many others. He is the fourth most prolific inventor in history with 1,093 U.S. patents in his name as well as patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of Edison Storage Battery Company," dated June 5, 1922. Presided over by Mr. Charles Edison, the board authorized the purchase of 16,000 pounds of lithium hydrate. Additional issues discussed were the annual renewal of memberships for in two organizations: Chicago Association of Commerce and the Electric Power Club.

The document was signed by the Board which included "Charles Edison," "Thos A Edison," "Stephen B. Membert," Harry "H.F. Miller," "J. V. Miller," "Henry Lanahan" and Secretary, "J. W. Robinson."


THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
American inventor

American inventor whose inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb among many others. He is the fourth most prolific inventor in history with 1,093 U.S. patents in his name as well as patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

United States Post Office receipt dated February 26, 1912 and first received by the Orange, New Jersey post office. Number 10310, the registry notice was presented to Edison on February 27, 2012. A great signature, the document is signed "Thos. A. Edison."


THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
Inventor, businessman

American inventor whose inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb among many others. He is the fourth most prolific inventor in history with 1,093 U.S. patents in his name as well as patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

This museum quality frame measures 24" x 19" houses two smaller frames. The left frame, measuring 8.5" x 12.25," features the typed "Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of Edison Storage Battery Company," dated February 1, 1921. Presided over by Mr. Charles Edison, the board allotted a portion of the meeting to discuss the "reduction in price of Caustic Soda from Mathieson Alkali Works, Inc." The document was signed by the Board which included "Charles Edison," "Thos A Edison," Harry F. Miller, John V. Miller and Secretary, "Arthur Mudd." The right frame, measuring 7" x 9.5," displays a photography of Thomas Edison.


THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
Inventor, businessman

Invented the phonograph, developed the electric light bulb and the motion picture projector. Typed document of the Edison Storage Battery Company concerning proxy voting. The proxy empowers Edison's son Charles to act on his father's behalf at the annual shareholders' meeting, the first such meeting after the great stock market crash a few weeks earlier. Boldly signed with an especially fine example of Edison's famous "umbrella" signature. Dated October 31, 1929


THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931)
THOMAS A. EDISON (1847-1931) 
Inventor, businessman.

Invented the phonograph, developed the electric light bulb and the motion picture projector. Typed letter of resignation from an employee of Thomas A. Edison Inc., dated August 27, 1924, addressed to Charles Edison. Charles has commented and forwarded the letter to his father, writing "T.A.E., This obviates the necessity of firing him." Thomas Edison has added below, "Yes - Dead one. E." An intriguing glimpse inside Edison's pioneer research laboratory.


VACLAV HLAVATY (1894-1969)
VACLAV HLAVATY (1894-1969) 
Brilliant Czech-American mathematician

He wrote extensively about Einstein's Theory of Relatively, and corresponded with Einstein on the subject for many years. Among his notable achievements were solving of several difficult and critical equations related to Einstein's Unified Field Theory. Typed letter on Hlavaty's stationery as president of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, dated November 14, 1961, concerning a detailed reply to certain questions relating to relativity, mathematics, and electromagnetic and gravitational fields. Signed by Hlavaty in blue ink.


GUGLIELMO MARCONI (1874-1937)
GUGLIELMO MARCONI (1874-1937) 
Italian Physicist and Inventor

Enormously important in the field of radio, he invented the wireless and formed the first radio communication company, "Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company." Signature on paper dated March 4, 1902. Clean separation in paper at the "n" and "i" in his last name. A nice strong, early Marconi autograph.


FRANCIS BARBER OGDEN (1783-1857)
FRANCIS BARBER OGDEN (1783-1857) 
American inventor, Aide-de-Camp to Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.

He was a pioneer in the field of nautical steam engines - in 1837 the first boat powered by a screw propeller was named in his honor. Partially printed consular document concerning a shipload of goods bound for Philadelphia from Liverpool, where Ogden was US Consul. Dated September 19, 1834, and signed "Fras B. Ogden."


CHARLES P. STEINMETZ (1865-1923)
CHARLES P. STEINMETZ (1865-1923) 
Renowned mathematician, electrical engineer and inventor

Noted for his pioneering work in artificial lightning, and in alternating current electricity. Check drawn on the Schenectady Trust Company of New York for $2.00, payable to Harvard University. Dated December 6, 1904, and elegantly signed "Charles P. Steinmetz."


APOLLO-SOYUZ
APOLLO-SOYUZ  
Beautiful, large 25" by 35" limited-edition print

Beautiful, large 25" by 35" limited-edition print by George Bishop commemorating the historic link-up between American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in1975. Signed by American astronauts Thomas Stafford and Deke Slayton, and by Soyuz cosmonauts Valery Kubasov and Alexei Leonov (the first man to walk in space).


GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON (1912-1988)
GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON (1912-1988) 
USMC Fighter Ace in World War II

Sioux warrior, USMC Fighter Ace in World War Two with 24 victories to his credit. Commanded Marine Corps Fighter Squadron VMF 214, the "Black Sheep Squadron." Limited edition print by artist Paul Thomas showing Boyington's Corsair fighter plane flying low over the Pacific. Signed and numbered by the artist, and boldly signed "Pappy Boyington."


GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON (1912-1988)
GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON (1912-1988) 
Commanded famous Black Sheep squadron

Sioux warrior, USMC Fighter Ace in World War Two with 24 victories to his credit. Commanded Marine Corps Fighter Squadron VMF 214, the "Black Sheep Squadron." Great copy of Boyington's book Baa Baa Black Sheep, (Wilson Press, Inc.: Fresno, CA, 1958). Signed and inscribed on the front portrait page by Boyington.


Rear Admiral RICHARD EVELYN BYRD (1888-1957)
Rear Admiral RICHARD EVELYN BYRD (1888-1957) 
US Naval Officer, Pioneering Polar Explorer

An adventurous aviator, he was a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his reported first flight over the North Pole. Very nice copy of Byrd's book chronicling his historic South Pole expedition, Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic-The Flight to the South Pole (GP Putnam's Sons: New York, 1930). Signed on the flyleaf "R E Byrd."


JIMMY DOOLITTLE (1896-1993
JIMMY DOOLITTLE (1896-1993 
Leader of the famous and daring bombing raid on Tokyo early in World War II

Army Air Force General, Medal of Honor winner, leader of the famous and daring bombing raid on Tokyo early in World War Two, leading a group of carrier-launched B-25 bombers in the first bombing attack on Japan after Pearl Harbor. Limited edition print by renowned American artist Paul Calle. An official artist for NASA, Calle's space and aviation works are well-known and represented in countless museum collections. Numbered original lithograph from the limited edition of 1000 commissioned by the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in 1976. A large and impressive 18" by 29" portrait in uniform, as lieutenant-general commanding the US 8th Army Air Force stationed in England during World War Two. Signed by both Jimmy Doolittle and Paul Calle. Doolittle died in 1993, and his signed material is becoming increasingly scarce. A terrific item in new condition.


JOE FOSS (1915-2003)
JOE FOSS (1915-2003) 

Captain, USMC, multiple ace in the Second World WarCredited with 26 victories while flying with Marine Fighter Squadron 121. Limited edition color print (18" x 24") of Foss's Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat by artist John Ficklen. Numbered from the limited edition of 950. Signed by both Joe Foss and John Ficklen.


ROBERT CARLIN PRINT
ROBERT CARLIN PRINT 
"Shooting down Greg "Pappy" Boyington"

This museum quality framed print, titled "Shooting down Greg "Pappy" Boyington," measures 29" x 25." Originally painted by noted aviation artist Robert Carlin, his paintings are displayed in the offices of airline presidents, astronauts and senators as well as in several museums including the Smithsonian, the U.S. Archives, the Air Force Museum and the USAF Academy.
The print depicts the shooting down of Greg "Pappy" Boyington by Japanese fighter pilot Masajiro Kawato. Kawato was only 18 years old at the time of the event. While it was the 13th kill credited to Kawato, in reality, Boyington survived. Kawato would later meet Boyington and during their conversations, Kawato determined he was the fighter pilot who did the deed and the two made several public appearances together.
While Kowato would maintain his claim of being the shooter until his dying day, it was eventually disproved as were some of the other "kills" attributed to him.
This print is signed in the lower left corner by the artist. In the lower right corner is a small photograph of Kawato with his signature


MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS
MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS 
Large 25" by 35" limited-edition print signed by six of the seven Mercury astronauts

Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper, and Scott Carpenter. Betty Grissom signed for her husband Gus Grissom (who died in 1967 in the tragic Apollo 1 fire).


JAMES A. MOLLINSON (1905-1959)
JAMES A. MOLLINSON (1905-1959) 
British aviator

First to solo the Atlantic heading West.  First to fly from England to both South America and the United States. Signature on paper


EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973)
EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) 
America’s “Ace of Aces”

Top race car driver by the time the U.S. entered World War I. He then served as a fighter pilot, winning 26 air victories and numerous distinctions, including the Medal of Honor. After the war, Rickenbacker worked for Cadillac Motor Company before moving into aeronautics. He was president of Eastern Airlines from 1938 until his retirement in 1963.


This museum quality frame measuring 28.5" x 19", houses two smaller frames. On the left, a portrait of Rickenbacker as he looked during his World War I service. On the right, a framed letter dated June 21, 1973. The letter was intended for a fan named William and mentions Rickenbacker's recent bout with an illness. He goes on to discuss their mutual interest in automobile racing. Rickenbacker mentions that he still follows the sport and specifically states that he "was quite interested in noting as a result of the accidents at Indianapolis...they will limit the amount of fuel that the drivers are permitted to carry." He concludes that he is enclosing two autographed racing pictures. The letter, signed "Eddie Rickenbacker" was sent by Rickenbacker less than 1 month prior to his death.


EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973)
EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) 
America’s “Ace of Aces”

Already famous as a racing car driver, he became America's "Ace of Aces" as the highest scoring fighter pilot for the US during World War One. Commanded the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Later President and General Manager of Eastern Air Lines from 1938-1963. Edward V. Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker: An Autobiography (Prentice-Hall, Inc.: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1967). Boldly signed and inscribed copy with dustjacket


EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973)
EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) 
America’s “Ace of Aces”

Already famous as a racing car driver, he became America's "Ace of Aces" as the highest scoring fighter pilot for the US during World War One. Commanded the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Later President and General Manager of Eastern Air Lines from 1938-1963. Great personal check made payable to Western Union for $9.73, dated August 7, 1969. Boldly signed "E. V. Rickenbacker," matching the personal imprint at the top of the check.


EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973)
EDDIE RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) 
America’s “Ace of Aces”

Already famous as a racing car driver, he became America's "Ace of Aces" as the highest scoring fighter pilot for the US during World War One. Commanded the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Later President and General Manager of Eastern Air Lines from 1938-1963. Nice copy, with dustjacket, of Rickenbacker's book Seven Came Through: Rickenbacker's Full Story Including His Message to America (Country Life Press: Garden City, NY, 1943). This is a great account of Rickenbacker's harrowing ordeal during the Second World War, when he and a handful of crewman were lost at sea after their plane crashed into the Pacific. All of the proceeds for the book went to "The Army Air Force Aid Society," at Rickenbacker's direction. Signed and inscribed on the flyleaf by Rickenbacker, and dated 1943


FIGHTER PILOT ROBERT L. SCOTT
FIGHTER PILOT ROBERT L. SCOTT 
SIGNED ROBERT CARLIN PRINT

This museum quality framed print measures 29" x 25." The artist, Robert Carlin, is a noted aviation artist with paintings displayed in the office of airline presidents, astronauts and senators as well as in several museums including the Smithsonian, the U.S. Archives, the Air Force Museum and the USAF Academy.

The scene depicted took place on July 31, 1942 and shows the legendary exploits over the Burma Road of Col. Robert L. Scott Jr. Scott served as a one man air force when the tower called to tell him that enemy aircraft were coming up the Canton railway. With only 20 gallons of fuel left in his aircraft, Scott flipped on his gun arming switch and at once spotted a bomber on the cloud tops. As he started his attack, he saw two escoring Zeros above and behind the bomber. A raging battle ensued, with the bomber finally spiraling down smoking. The Zeros succeeded in hitting Scott's plane called "Old Exterminator" however they didn't take him down and one Zero would eventually crash near the already downed bomber. Scott took his aircraft into a power glide successfully landing on fumes.

This print is number 533 in a series of 1000. It is signed in the lower left corner by the artist. In the lower right corner is a small photograph of Scott alongside his full signature, "Robert L. Scott, Jr."


CHARLES E. TAYLOR (1868-1956)
CHARLES E. TAYLOR (1868-1956) 
Wright Brothers’ Craftsman, Engineer, Engine Mechanic

He helped the Wright Brothers with the wind tunnel testing of their first gliders, and was later tasked with building the engine that would power the first airplane. An extraordinary craftsman, Taylor hand-built the unique custom engine that propelled the Wright Flyer to success at Kitty Hawk. The First Flight could not have succeeded without him. A check written one year after the historic First Flight, payable to C. E. Taylor. Written entirely by Orville Wright, who signed the check "Wright Cycle Co., o.w." Endorsed with Taylor's signature on the reverse "C. E. Taylor." A great piece of aviation history signed by both the first pilot and the man who built the first airplane engine. Checks (of any sort) on the Wrights' Cycle Company account are very scarce.


Lt. JAMES C. WHITTAKER
Lt. JAMES C. WHITTAKER 
Officer in the US Army Air Corps Transport Command

Co-pilot of the doomed plane that wrecked in the Pacific, stranding Eddie Rickenbacker and several other crewmen at sea for weeks. Scarce copy of We Thought We Heard the Angels Sing: The Complete Epic Story of the Ordeal and Rescue of Those Who Were With Eddie Rickenbacker on the Plane Lost in the Pacific (EP Dutton & Company, Inc.: New York, 1945), signed by the author, Lieutenant James C. Whittaker. This account is a great compliment to Rickenbacker's own version, and far more difficult to come by. Numerous black and white illustrations throughout. $225.00


WRIGHT CYCLE COMPANY
WRIGHT CYCLE COMPANY 
Wright Cycle Co. check

Wright Cycle Co. check dated December 26, 1907, made out and signed "Wright Cycle Co., o. w." by Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane. Payable to the Wright Brothers' sister, Katherine Wright. Along with younger brother Lorin, she managed the day-to-day business affairs of the Wright Cycle Company. This is a very rare example of the Wright Brothers' Bicycle Company account, entirely in the hand of Orville Wright, and is one of only a handful of these documents in private hands. A rare artifact from the bicycle shop that changed the world.


WILBUR WRIGHT'S CHECKBOOK
WILBUR WRIGHT'S CHECKBOOK 
Wilbur's 1909 Wright Brothers' checkbook

Fourteen entries including two for the clerk of the US Court for $50. The checkbook contains another thirty-four unused checks. A tantalizing pencil inscription is on the inside cover, "Bleriot, 49 & Broadway." Louis Bleriot was a French pioneer aviator who became the first man to fly across the English Channel on July 25, 1909. An extraordinarily rare Wright Brothers financial item, directly from the Brothers' estate


ORVILLE WRIGHT'S BANK DEPOSIT BOOK
ORVILLE WRIGHT'S BANK DEPOSIT BOOK 
Bank Book of the Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio, in account with Orville Wright

Orville Wright first deposit dated October 26, 1912 and the last entry dated April 4, 1918. During this period between 1912 and 1918, deposits totaled $1,253,936.54! With a total of 16 pages of entries, the largest single deposit was made on October 25, 1916 in the amount of $257,910.94. The last entry reflects a balance of $382.53 showing that the money went out as fast as it went in. "Orville Wright" is carved into the leather cover by Orville himself.


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation Pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Check of the Winters National Bank payable to Orville's long-time personal secretary Mabel Beck for $81.64. Especially bold signature, "Orville Wright." Dated June 18, 1937, and signed "Orville Wright."


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation Pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Original check of the Winters National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, payable to Aviation Magazine for $3.00. Signed by Orville Wright on November 2, 1936. Aviation was one of the early aeronautic industry magazines, published by McGraw Hill. An interesting check showing Orville's lasting professional interest in the field he helped create. An especially bold and dark signature.


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation Pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Attractive and scarce bank "Counter Check" of the Winters National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, dated April 14, 1916, payable for $100. This is a special bank check with printed "pay to myself only (endorsement waived)" payee line. Nothing on the reverse. Written entirely by Orville and signed "Orville Wright." A nice check, and far less common than those written from the Wright's own checkbooks.


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation Pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Attractive counter check of the Union Trust Bank of Dayton, Ohio, dated December 24, 1930. Payable to the "Orville Wright," signed "Orville Wright," and endorsed "Orville Wright" on the reverse! Entirely written by Orville, and signed three times by him. Rare and unique Orville Wright check, made out on Christmas Eve. Great aviation souvenir from the first pilot


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Check of the City National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, payable to long-time Wright Brothers secretary Mabel Beck for $20.00. Dated December 4, 1920, and signed "Orville Wright."


ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949)
ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1949) 
Aviation pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Original check of the Winters National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, payable to the Dayton Power & Light Co. for $9.11. Signed by Orville Wright on August 18, 1917. An excellent bold and dark signature. $650.00


ORVILLE WRIGHT
ORVILLE WRIGHT 
Aviation pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Check of the Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for $25.00. Dated December 8, 1939, and boldly signed "Orville Wright." A great souvenir of Orville as patron of the (local) arts. Comes with a colorful Wright Brothers postcard suitable for framing. $575.00


ORVILLE WRIGHT
ORVILLE WRIGHT 
Aviation pioneer

Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Check of the Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to the Allison Pattern Works for $14.90. Dated January 2, 1917, and boldly signed "Orville Wright." Comes with a handsome photograph of Orville & Wilbur suitable for framing. $575.00


ORVILLE WRIGHT
ORVILLE WRIGHT 
Aviation pioneer, first pilot

Aviation pioneer, first pilot. Orville piloted the first powered aircraft, which he developed with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Excellent and early check of the Winters National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, dated November 16, 1912. Payable to the Anti-Saloon League of America, one of the leading Temperance organizations and a driving force behind Prohibition, for the generous sum of $100. Entirely made out, and boldly signed, by "Orville Wright." Most Orville Wright checks are completed in another hand – this one is entirely Orville, and reinforces the personal nature of this donation to a cause that was close to his heart. $750.00.


WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORABILIA
WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORABILIA 
CONQUEST OF THE SKIES' WRIGHT BROTHERS PORTFOLIO

Very hard to find commemorative portfolio compiled by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Published in 1978, on the 75th Anniversary of the first flight, we are offering a few original, unissued copies for the 100th Anniversary this year. $45.00

• Attractive cardstock portfolio (with a map of the Kitty Hawk region on the inside) containing:
• 12" by 15" Photo of the First Flight
• 20-page Historical Booklet "First Flight: The Story of Wilbur and Orville Wright's Invention of the Airplane."
• Reproduction of the May 1900 five-page letter from Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute detailing his plans to build a flying machine.
• Two reproductions of the Wright's calculations made on the back of scraps of wallpaper.
• Seven framable copies of 8" by 10" photographs of Wright gliders and flyers.
• Two photographs of the lift balance in the wind tunnel, and the airfoils tested on the balance.
• Reproduction of the original 3-view drawing of the Kitty Hawk Flyer made by the Wrights on brown wrapping paper.
• Reproduction of the Wright Brothers' first patent (with drawings)
• Reproduction of the telegram announcing the first flight.
• Reprint of the first published account of the Wrights' successful development of the airplane (from "Gleanings in Bee Culture")


WRIGHT BROTHERS
WRIGHT BROTHERS 
WRIGHT BROTHERS 1908 ACCOUNT BOOK

Account book with the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Dayton Ohio, with one page of entries with a beginning date of April 4, 1910 and closed out October 26, 1912, the year of Wilbur's death. (Price on Request)


WRIGHT BROTHERS
WRIGHT BROTHERS 
Aviation pioneers, co-inventors of the airplane

Original check of the Wright Brothers, drawn on the Winters National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, for $10.21 payable to the Postal Telegraph and Cable Co. Dated October 3, 1911, and signed "Wright Brothers" by older brother and business manager Lorin Wright. $175.00


WRIGHT BROTHERS
WRIGHT BROTHERS 
Aviation pioneers, co-inventors of the airplane

Official check of the Wright Brothers, written and signed by Lorin Wright, Wilbur and Orville's brother and business manager. Check dated February 12, 1908, to Ellis Hardware for $27.31. Signed "Wright Brothers." Museum-quality framed with a photograph of the Wright Brothers, and a picture of the first flight. $375.00


WRIGHT BROTHERS
WRIGHT BROTHERS 
Aviation pioneers, co-inventors of the airplane

Official check of the Wright Brothers, written and signed by Lorin Wright, Wilbur and Orville's brother and business manager. Check is dated December 24, 1909, to Lorin Wright for $19.09. Signed "Wright Brothers" it is endorsed on the reverse by Lorin Wright. $225.00


APOLLO-SOYUZ
APOLLO-SOYUZ 
Beautiful, large 25" by 35" limited-edition print

Beautiful, large 25" by 35" limited-edition print by George Bishop commemorating the historic link-up between American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in1975. Signed by American astronauts Thomas Stafford and Deke Slayton, and by Soyuz cosmonauts Valery Kubasov and Alexei Leonov (the first man to walk in space). $650.00


IRVING BERLIN (1818-1893) 

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was arguably the most prolific songwriter of the 20th Century writing over 1200 songs during his career and achieving greatness in a field for which he had no formal training. His first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" took the country by storm selling over one million copies of sheet music in only a few months. Other hits written by Berlin include "God Bless America," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "Blue Skies" and "Cheek To Cheek."

He triumphed on the Broadway stage in shows such as Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun and on the big screen in films such as Easter Parade and White Christmas. It was for the title song of White Christmas that he received the 1942 Academy Award for Original Best Song. "White Christmas" would go on to become the most popular Christmas single of all time.

This 4-page program was for a wartime, all-soldier, staged musical production called "This Is the Army" with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Presented at the Allied Military Theatre in Santa Maria, CA, the production was directed by Berlin and performed for the Fifth Army Special Service. The program includes the musical numbers and names of the soldiers who performed. It is signed on the front "Irving Berlin." Some mounting traces remain on the back page but otherwise it is in very good condition. $850.00


PEARL S. BUCK (1894-1973) 
Nobel Prize-winning author and missionary

Nobel Prize-winning author and missionary, she wrote numerous works about China, including "The Good Earth." Signature cut from a letter. $40.00


PEARL S. BUCK (1894-1973) 
Sinologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author

She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. A daughter of missionaries, she spent much of her life in China and with such fondness that the Chinese often claim her as a Chinese writer. Very nice copy, with dustjacket, of China As I See It (The John Day Company: New York, 1970). Part of a limited edition run of 3,000, and signed "Pearl S Buck." $250.00


MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985) 
Russian-born French painter

Russian-French artist associated with several major artistic styles and is considered one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Receiving many prizes and much recognition for his work, Chagall is one of the very few artists who has had his work exhibited at the Louvre during his lifetime.

The circus and its performers provided Chagall with great inspiration. In this typewritten note, dated 1967, Chagall discusses his thoughts on circus performers saying, "I have always thought of clowns, acrobats and actors as tragically human beings who, for me, are like characters in certain religious paintings." He delves further into the comparison saying "Even today, when I paint a crucifixion or some other religious scene, I experience almost the same emotions I used to feel painting circus people. And yet, there is nothing literary in these paintings, and it is very hard to explain why I find a psycho-plastic resemblance between the two kinds of work."

This highly introspective look into the artist's mind is boldly signed in artist's crayon, "Marc Chagall." $895.00


MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985) 
Russian-born French painter

One of the great painters of the 20th century, and a key figure in post-Impressionist modern art. Beautiful 8 inch by 9 inch black and white image of a smiling Chagall in his studio, removed from a book. A great piece-perfect for framing, signed in artist's crayon "Marc Chagall." $950.00


MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985) 
Russian-born French painter

One of the great painters of the 20th century, and a key figure in post-Impressionist modern art. Postcard-sized print of the Chagall painting "Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law" removed from a small book. Signed in crayon "Marc Chagall." A beautiful piece that would be ideal for framing. $295.00


CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) 
English novelist

English novelist who started his career more as a popular entertainer rather than a serious author. His masterful prose won praise by critics and his ability to create memorable characters put him in the ranks of the "must read" authors. His works have never been out of print and the mention of his last name is immediately recognizable by readers of almost any age.
This museum quality frame measures 26" x 15" and houses two smaller frames. On the left, an envelope written and signed by Charles Dickens. Affixed in the top right corner is a cancelled, Penny Black stamp. Introduced in 1840, the Penny Black was the United Kingdom's first self adhesive stamp. On the right, a portrait of Charles Dickens. $1,850.00


ANNA ELIZABETH DICKINSON (1842-1932 
Writer, powerful and popular lecturer, anti-slavery activist and defender of the Union

Autograph card signed "Truly Yours, Anna E. Dickinson." Dated "5.24.76." $125.00


WILL DURANT (1885-1981) 
Prolific American writer, historian and philosopher, best known for The Story of Civilization

Letter written and signed by Durant thanking a fan for a previous letter and mentions his upcoming book titled, Caesar and Christ which would be published in 1944. Signed "Will Durant." $155.00


ZANE GREY (1872-1939) 
Author of numerous western and adventure novels, including "Riders of the Purple Sage," and "West of the Pecos."

Check of the Pacific-Southwest Trust & Savings Bank for $347.66 payable to Fellows & Stewart. Dated May 3, 1928, the entire check is filled out and signed by Grey in purple ink. Strong signature. $225.00


ZANE GREY (1872-1939) 
Author of numerous western and adventure novels, including "Riders of the Purple Sage," and "West of the Pecos"

Personalized check of the Altadena National Bank dated September 9, 1931, for $50.00 payable to the Havemann Hardware Company. Written and signed by Grey. $175.00


ZANE GREY (1872-1939) 
Author of numerous western and adventure novels, including "Riders of the Purple Sage," and "West of the Pecos."

11-page typewritten contract, with brown paper cover, between Grey and the Fox Film Corporation giving Fox the rights to one of Grey's stories, originally published in Lady's Home Journal in 1930. The contract is dated April 2, 1932, and is signed by Zane Grey in purple ink. $950.00


ZANE GREY (1872-1939) 
Author of numerous western and adventure novels, including "Riders of the Purple Sage," and "West of the Pecos."

Great copy of Grey's novel Thunder Mountain, (Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers: New York, 1935). Probably a sort of special edition, as the flyleaf bears the printed inscription "Your trail and mine cross in mutual love of the Great West. Sincerely" and signed "Zane Grey." $265.00


FRANCOIS GUIZOT (1787-1874) 
French statesman and historian

Author of numerous multi-volume works of history. His father was executed during the reign of terror 1794, but Guizot survived to become Professor of Modern History at the Sorbonne during the Napoleonic era 1810. Briefly Minister to Great Britain 1840, before returning later that year to serve as Foreign Minister and de facto Prime Minister. Letter written and signed by Guizot, in French, on blue stationery. Dated April 22, 1863, and signed "Guizot." Untranslated. $65.00


EDWARD EVERETT HALE (1822-1909) 
Author, grand-nephew of Nathan Hale, Unitarian Clergyman, Chaplain of the US Senate 1903-1909

He wrote "The Man Without a Country," one of the best-loved American short stories. Somewhat cryptic letter concerning "a young gentleman in the western part of this state" and "the matter of which you speak." Dated November 4, 1889, and written entirely in Hale's hand on his personal stationery. Signed "Edw. E. Hale." $335.00


HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) 
Celebrated American Poet

Signature clipped from a letter, "Yours Truly, Henry W. Longfellow." Dated in another hand "12.3.'66." Some glue show-through, otherwise a good example. $165.00


JAMES MICHENER (1907-1997) 
Prolific American author

Noted for his vast and sweeping sagas. Very good copy, with dustjacket, of The Drifters (Random House: New York, 1971). Signed and inscribed on the flyleaf "James Michener." $275.00


CLAUDE MONET  
Founder of French impressionist painting

the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosphy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to open air, landscape painting. He exhibited in most of the Impressionist exhibitions, beginning in 1874, where the title of one of his paintings, Impression, Sunrise led to the naming of the Impressionist movement.
Museum quality frame measuring 19" x 18", houses an 8.25" x 6" print of Monet's Sailboats: Regatta at Argenteuil and a 3.5" x 4.75 print of a portrait of Monet as painted by Renoir. Of particular significance is a 5.25" x 3.25" framed signature of Monet. Written in artist's crayon are the words "mille choses a vous, Claude Monet." $1800.00


CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967) 
CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967)

Best know for his poetry and his well-regarded biography of Abraham Lincoln. Nice copy of Always the Young Strangers (Harcourt, Brace and Company: New York, 1953), complete with dustjacket. Signed on the flyleaf "Carl Sandburg." $250.00


WILLIAM SARTAIN (1843-1924) 
Noted American painter, active as a teacher and in various artists' associations

Note on a postal card written and signed by Sartain, dated April 15, 1905, discussing the possibility of having his paintings photographed. $195.00


SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832) 
Scottish novelist, historian, and poet

Author of Ivanoe, Rob Roy, and the Waverly Series, among others. Letter written and signed by Scott to "My Dear Croker," dated September 3, no year given, sending greetings, and briefly quoting from Othello. Signed "Walter Scott." $510.00 SOLD


SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832) 
Scottish novelist, historian, and poet

Author of Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and the Waverly series, among others. Manuscript check for £28 dated 1830, entirely in Scott's hand and signed "Walter Scott." $475.00


LORADO TAFT (1860-1936) 
Anoted American sculptor, writer and educator who was considered by many to be one of the most important sculptors of the early 20th Century.

Taft would win numerous awards at national and international expositions, including the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, and the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. His first important commission was for the Horticultural Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, when he designed two sculptural groups at the entrance entitled "The Sleep of the Flowers" and "The Awakening of the Flowers." His next major works included "The Solitude of the Soul," which earned him a gold medal at the 1904 Exposition, the "Fountain of the Great Lakes," and the sculptural group, "The Blind." This last sculpture can be seen in a 1988 casting in the Krannert Art Museum on the University of Illinois campus.
Taft later focused on monumental, heroic sculptures, including a statue of the prominent native American Black Hawk, which was fifty feet in height and placed on a promontory overlooking the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. One of his most noted sculptures was the 100 foot long "Fountain of Time" at the University of Chicago. Although many of his works are in Illinois, he also had many commissions for statues, sculptures, and fountains throughout the United States, including Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

This typed letter dated June 8, 1934 is on the official stationary of Chicago's Midway Studios, Taft's art studio. Addressed to Miss Lorraine Marianelli, also of Chicago, the letter informs Miss Marianelli of Taft's plans for the weeks following June 8. He tells her "it will be a pleasure to meet her and her friends and requests that he telephone ahead by calling him at "Hyde Park 7058." The letter is signed "Lorado Taft." $140.00


ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON (1809-1892) 
British Poet-Laureate

British Poet-Laureate, his works include "Idylls of the King," and the drama "Becket." He is considered by many to be the representative poet of the Victorian era. Manuscript bank draft drawn on Olding, Osborne & Co., for five pounds payable to Mr. Henry Rashleigh. The check is dated October 25, 1861, has a one-penny revenue stamp affixed, and is signed "Tennyson." $475.00


JOHN TRUMBULL (1756-1843) 
American painter

American painter, student of Benjamin West, President of the American Academy of Fine Arts. Trumbull served early in the war as General Washington's aide-de-camp. Partially-printed check drawn on the Bank of New York for $30.00, payable to "Myself." Dated October 6, 1821, filled out and signed by Trumbull. $295.00


JOHN TRUMBULL (1756-1843) 
American painter, student of Benjamin West

American painter, student of Benjamin West, President of the American Academy of Fine Arts. Trumbull served early in the war as General Washington's aide-de-camp. Brief letter written and signed by Trumbull, dated April 20, 1821, to N(icholas) Fish, Continental Army officer and civic leader, concerning a subscription invoice. Slightly trimmed on the left side, not affecting the writing. Bold signature, "Jno. Trumbull." $525.00


LEW WALLACE (1827-1905) 
Best known as the author of "Ben Hur."

Veteran of the Mexican War, Major General during the Civil War. Best known as the author of "Ben Hur." Interesting letter written and signed by Wallace to J. B. Lippincott Co. forwarding some postage stamps as payment for a copy of "The Moorish Empire" by Scott. Dated May 27, 1904, the year before his death. Old tape repair to one separated seam, not affecting signature, otherwise good condition. A scarce piece, entirely in Wallace's own hand. $390.00


BENJAMIN WEST (1738-1820) 
American expatriate painter

He lived in London from 1763 until his death in 1820. He succeeded his good friend Sir Joshua Reynolds as President of the Royal Academy. He was noted for his paintings "Death of Wolfe," "Penn's Treaty with the Indians," and numerous royal portraits. Manuscript letter written and signed by West to United States Minister Rufus King, dated August 7, 1802. West was planning an excursion to Paris with his youngest son to view the French National Gallery of Art, and wanted King to help with a letter of introduction to the American Minister at Paris, and with obtaining the necessary passports. West was taking advantage of the brief cessation of hostilities between France and Great Britain produced by the Treaty of Amiens and the following May the fragile peace collapsed, and war was renewed until Napoleon was driven from power more than a decade later! A great letter, with one of the greatest painters of his time arranging an artistic expedition to the art capital of Europe through a tiny window of opportunity in the otherwise turbulent era of the Napoleonic Wars. $2900.00


THORNTON WILDER (1840-1902) 
American playwright and novelist who received three Pulitzer Prizes

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an American playwright and novelist who received three Pulitzer Prizes for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two of his plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. This letter, dated December 13, 1963, is written entirely in Thornton Wilder's hand to Stanley Woodward of Rockport, Massachusetts. Wilder thanks Woodward for a previous letter and remarks that he wishes he could "see Rockport again and talk over all times." He talks about living in the Arizona desert for the past year and a half and mentions an upcoming trip he plans to take on January 4 to "continue my semi-hermit's life abroad." He wishes "A Happy Christmas Season" in bold pencil to Woodward and signs it "ever cordially, Thornton." A very personal note. $325.00


P.G.T. BEAUREGARD (1818-1893) 
First prominent general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War

P.G.T. Beauregard was a Louisiana-born American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant and the first prominent general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. While his commonly referred to as P.G.T. Beauregard, he rarely used his first name and signed all correspondence and official documents as G.T. Beauregard.
Brigadeer General Beauregard ordered the bombardment of Fort Sumter at 4:30 am on April 12, 1861, an action that signaled the beginning of the Civil War. The Union defenders under the leadership of Major Robert Anderson held out for almost 36 hours despite a relentless attack by Beauregard and his troops. After a bombardment that amounted to over 3,300 shells. Anderson finally called for a truce.

Beauregard next took command of the Army of the Potomac and would win the infamous Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. He would later take command of the Army of the Mississippi where he would remain until he was relieved of his duties due to ill health just prior to the Confederate withdrawal from Corinth to Tupelo, Mississippi.

This museum quality frame (27" x 19") houses two smaller frames. On the right, a portrait of General P.G.T. Beauregard in uniform. On the left, a check drawn on the Mutual National Bank of New Orleans, dated January 1, 1879 and made out to "bearer" for $150.00. The check, in excellent condition, is written entirely in Beauregard's hand and signed "G.T. Beauregard." $1100.00


BENJAMIN F. BUTLER (1818-1893) 
Union general, Massachusetts politician

Known to the South as "Beast Butler" for his harsh rule of occupied New Orleans. He played an active role in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Handwritten letter concerning legal matters, discussing the merits of a particular case. Addressed to US Attorney Sidney DeKay in New York, and dated April 23, 1872. Signed "B.F. Butler." $190.00


CIVIL WAR-PENINSULA CAMPAIGN 

Excellent and interesting telegraph dispatch sent by Major General George B. McClellan, commanding the Union forces during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. This order was issued as the campaign had almost ended, in a humiliating Union defeat, as the aggressive Robert E. Lee emerged, and beat back the numerically superior but tactically timid McClellan. The order directs Major General Erasmus Keyes, who had earlier in the day been ordered to hold at Yorktown, to "send all you have of Rushes (sic) Cavalry by land to Ft. Monroe" at the base of the Peninsula. The cavalry in question was the 6th Regiment of Cavalry (70th PA Volunteers), the so-called "Rush's Lancers." Docketed on the reverse as a telegraph dispatch, with a content summary. A terrific, and very scarce, Civil War item. Wartime field orders of any sort are very hard to come by, as most were not retained. Not signed. $375.00


CONFEDERATE STATESMEN 
Clipped signatures on one piece of paper of two significant Confederate statesmen

Signed first by JUDAH P. BENJAMIN (1811-1884), Highly capable cabinet officer know as the "Brains of the Confederacy." He served as Attorney General, Secretary of War, and finally Secretary of State, in which capacity he secured numerous foreign loans for the CSA, without succeeding in obtaining foreign recognition. Also signed by JOHN SLIDELL (1793-1871), Confederate Commissioner to Europe whose seizure, along with James M. Mason, from the British mail steamer "Trent" caused an international incident during the Civil War. He spent the war years trying to gain aid and recognition for the Confederacy in Paris. He never returned to the US after the Civil War. A great little souvenir of the Confederate government signed by two of its most prominent members. $325.00


DRAKE DE KAY (1836-1886) 
Union officer, breveted Lieutenant-Colonel for gallantry

De Kay served on the staffs of Generals Mansfield, Pope, and Hooker during the Civil War. Partially printed pass from the Headquarters of the Military Department of Washington, dated August 6, 1861, just a few weeks after the First Battle of Bull Run, allowing passage "over the bridges & within the lines" of defense of Washington, DC. On the reverse is a printed loyalty oath that includes "and if ever hereafter found in arms against the Union, or in any way aiding her enemies, the penalty will be death." Signed on the front by De Kay as aide-de-camp with his famously enormous signature - the signature alone measures 1½" by 6"! De Kay's colossal autograph was well-remembered by many people moving within the capital boundaries during the early days of the war. "That fearful signature," one contemporary journalist wrote, " could be read as far away as the Sandwich Islands." Professionally de-acidified and backed. $265.00


ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885) 
General-in-Chief commanding the Union armies during the Civil War, 18th President of the United States

Huge 17" by 21" printed membership certificate for The Society of the Army of the Potomac for Lt. V. Lansing Waters, formerly of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. Signed by Grant as president of the Society. Archivally framed with a portrait of Grant, ready to hang. $2800.00


WILLIAM E. "GRUMBLE" JONES (1824-1864) 
Confederate Cavalry General

Confederate Cavalry General, succeeded J.E.B. Stuart as Colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. A notoriously contentious, discipline-minded officer, he was killed in action in 1864. Great oversized accounting document concerning an amount due Jones from the United States in his capacity as Acting Assistant Commissary of Subsistence for the Regiment of Mounted Rifles stationed in Fort Merrill, Texas. Dated December 31, 1852, and signed "W. E. Jones." $195.00


WILLIAM E. "GRUMBLE" JONES (1824-1864) 
Confederate Cavalry General

11. WILLIAM E. "GRUMBLE" JONES (1824-1864) Confederate Cavalry General, succeeded J.E.B. Stuart as Colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. A notoriously contentious, discipline-minded officer, he was killed in action in 1864. Check drawn on Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank of Philadelphia for $26.00, dated March 30, 1860. Signed "W. E. Jones." $295.00


H. JUDSON KILPATRICK (1836-1881) 
Union Cavalry General during the Civil War

Union Cavalry General during the Civil War whose reckless style earned him the sobriquet "Kill-cavalry." A West Point graduate, he was the first officer of the regular Army to be wounded in the war. He served in the Gettysburg campaign and on Sherman's march to the sea. After the war, he served as US Minister to Chile. Nice crisp carte-de-visite (CDV) bust view of Kilpatrick. No backmark. Excellent condition. $135.00


ROBERT E. LEE (1807-1870) 
Confederate General, Superintendent of West Point

A wonderful and fascinating letter to Lee from West Point classmate JACK MACKAY, a scion of one of Savannah's finest families, and one of Lee's closest friends a and confidantes. Dated July 18th, 1848, from Fort Delaware. Mackay is writing to welcome Lee on his "return home after having performed such glorious service & near such narrow risks," referring to the recent victory in the Mexican War. A particularly poignant line mentions "I do not know how you may feel, but I most sincerely hope that our country have no more wars in our day," little knowing that his friend was destined to lead the Confederate armies in the bloodiest war the country had ever seen. Terrific content covering world affairs, political commentary, engineering issues (both men were engineers by training, and had experience building and improving coastal forts). A docket indicates that the letter was not sent, as Lee had already arrived. Not signed. Transcription provided. $7500.00


ROBERT E. LEE (1807-1870) 
Confederate General, Superintendent of West Point

Confederate General, Superintendent of West Point. Served spectacularly in the Mexican War, with the elite 2nd U.S. cavalry in Texas and at Harper's Ferry. General Winfield Scott called him "the best soldier I ever saw in the field." Symbol of the Southern cause. After the war he became the President of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University. A portrait photograph (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") of Lee, signed by him "R. E. Lee". (6 1/2" x 8 1/2"). $5900.00


JOHN BANKHEAD MAGRUDER (1807-1871) 
Confederate General whose sense of style and luxuriant taste earned him the nickname “Prince John.”

Confederate General whose sense of style and luxuriant taste earned him the nickname "Prince John." After the Civil War, he led a small band of ex-Confederates into self-imposed exile in Mexico, not returning to the United States until 1867. Signature on paper, "J. Bankhead Magruder," with his pre-war rank of Captain in the 1st US Artillery. Also included is a carte-de-visite bust portrait of Magruder in what appears to be a militia major-general's uniform, by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York. $350.00


WILLIAM MAHONE (1826-1895) 
Confederate Major-General, famous for his defense at the Battle of the Crater in 1864

Confederate Major-General, famous for his defense at the Battle of the Crater in 1864. Involved in Virginia railroads before and after the Civil War, he was politically active as a Republican in the post-war era. Beautiful, colorful engraved stock certificate of the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad Company. Signed "William Mahone" as president. $495.00


JAMES M. MASON (1798-1891) 
Senator from Virginia, Confederate emissary to Great Britain

Senator from Virginia, Confederate emissary to Great Britain. His seizure from aboard the British mail steamer "Trent" by the Union Navy during the Civil War precipitated an international diplomatic incident, "The Trent Affair." Manuscript bank check written and signed by Mason, for $385.57. Dated February 14, 1860. Cut cancellation touches signature, but without any paper loss. $185.00


JAMES M. MASON (1798-1891) 
Senator from Virginia, Confederate emissary to Great Britain

Senator from Virginia, Confederate emissary to Great Britain. His seizure from aboard the British mail steamer "Trent" by the Union Navy during the Civil War precipitated an international diplomatic incident, "The Trent Affair." Letter in Mason's hand to E. T. Montague asking for a copy of the report of the Senate Select Committee on the John Brown Raid of 1859, which frightened the South and galvanized Southern resistance to Northern interference with the institution of slavery. Dated October 28, 1860, just days before the election that elevated Lincoln to the presidency and sparked the Civil War. Signed "J. M. Mason." Mason was a strong Southern-rights Congressman, and probably wanted the report for its propaganda value, especially as he asks Montague to send "20 or 30 copies" if the report has been printed. Significantly, Mason directs that a copy be sent to Edmund Ruffin of Virginia, one of the arch-firebrands of the secessionist movement, who had been present at Brown's hanging and later claimed to have fired the first shot of the war at Fort Sumter. An interesting and important letter, offering a rare glimpse into the climactic machinations of the secessionist activists who gave birth to the Confederate States of America. $1550.00


JOHN TYLER MORGAN (1824-1907) 
Confederate Cavalry General during the Civil War

Confederate Cavalry General during the Civil War. At the close of the war, he was involved with the Confederacy's last-ditch efforts to recruit and train black troops. Later served as US Senator. Manuscript letter on Senate stationery notifying the Senate Postmaster of his Summer address and requesting his mail be forwarded. Dated August 11, 1898, and signed "Jno Morgan." $225.00


DAVID DIXON PORTER (1813-1891) 
Union admiral and squadron commander

Union admiral and squadron commander. The second US admiral, after David G. Farragut, he received Congressional commendations several times during the Civil War. Superintendent of the Naval Academy 1865-1869. Son of War of 1812 hero David Porter. Two-page document dated July 1, 1869, giving Commander John G. Walker of the USS Sabine his sailing orders, with provision for allowing his midshipmen to disembark to take their Naval Academy exams for promotion. Also signed by the Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard, JOHN RODGERS (1812-1882), scion of an illustrious American Navy family, Naval officer during the Civil War, senior US Navy Rear-admiral at the time of his death. $390.00


DAVID DIXON PORTER (1813-1891) 
Union admiral and squadron commander

Union admiral and squadron commander. The second US admiral, after David G. Farragut, he received Congressional commendations several times during the Civil War. Superintendent of the Naval Academy 1865-1869. Son of War of 1812 hero David Porter. Brief note in Porter's own hand, marked "Private." The only date is "Sunday Evening." Cryptic content concerning a report that should be made, and signed "Yours in Haste, David D Porter." $225.00


FITZ-JOHN PORTER (1822-1901) 
Distinguished veteran of the Mexican War, Union Major-General and corps commander

Distinguished veteran of the Mexican War, Union Major-General and corps commander. He was the victim of one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice during the Civil War, when he was cashiered for his actions at the Second Battle of Bull Run. He was cleared of wrongdoing in 1878 and reinstated by special act of Congress in 1886. Interesting and significant letter written and signed by Porter, dated January 11, 1898, and addressed to former Confederate General Marcus J. Wright. In his letter, Porter asks Wright to show to former Confederate General James Longstreet Porter's earlier letter concerning the Second Battle of Bull Run. Wright was selected by the War Department in 1878 to supervise the gathering of Confederate records for publication in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Porter was tried and cashiered for alleged failure to obey orders at Second Bull Run. He strove for years to clear his name, finally succeeding in having the sentence overturned by President Chester A. Arthur in 1882. A fascinating item. $795.00


FITZ-JOHN PORTER (1822-1901) 
Distinguished veteran of the Mexican War, Union Major-General and corps commander

Distinguished veteran of the Mexican War, Union Major-General and corps commander. He was the victim of one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice during the Civil War, when he was cashiered for his actions at the Second Battle of Bull Run. He was cleared of wrongdoing in 1878 and reinstated by special act of Congress in 1886. Manuscript ordnance invoice from West Point, dated October 26, 1850, and signed twice by Porter, since he has written out a postscript at the bottom and signed that as well. Two strong signatures and the early West Point association make this a particularly interesting document. $290.00


HORACE PORTER (1837-1921) 
Union General, aide-de-camp to General US Grant during the Civil War

Union General, aide-de-camp to General US Grant during the Civil War. Later US Ambassador to France. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his Civil War service, his memoir "Campaigning with Grant" is one of the best sources on the war's final battles. Beautifully engraved, unissued stock certificate of the Pullman Palace Car Company, signed "Horace Porter" as company president. $185.00


WILLIAM RADFORD (1808-1890) 
US Naval officer, veteran of the Mexican War, commanded “New Ironsides” in Civil War

US Naval officer, veteran of the Mexican War, commanded "New Ironsides" in Civil War. Made a rear-admiral in 1866, he commanded the European Squadron 1869-1870. Manuscript letter on Flag Ship "Franklin" stationery, dated March 5, 1870, and addressed to Commander J.G. Walker of the "Sabine." The letter concerns supplies requested by Walker, and is signed "W. Radford," as rear-admiral commanding the European Squadron. $450.00


DANIEL RUGGLES (1810-1897) 
Confederate General, veteran of the Seminole War, graduate of West Point 1833

Confederate General, veteran of the Seminole War, graduate of West Point 1833. He was twice brevetted for gallantry during the Mexican War. He commanded a division at Shiloh, and held various commands in the Mississippi theater. Brief letter written and signed by Ruggles, dated June 19, [1862], to Major-General Tupper, written at Grenada, Mississippi. Ruggles discusses the enemy retreat on Grand Junction, Tennessee, from Holly Springs, Mississippi. "Please suspend all movements of State Troops until further information." Signed "Our success, Daniel Ruggles, Brig. Genl. CSA." A clean and attractive item. $950.00


TENNESSEE UNION GUARDS 
Fascinating letter to future president, then Tennessee Governor, ANDREW JOHNSON (1808-1875), from a Tennessee Unionist company

Fascinating letter to future president, then Tennessee Governor, ANDREW JOHNSON (1808-1875), from a Tennessee Unionist company. Manuscript petition addressed to Johnson, who was serving as military governor of occupied Tennessee. As governor, Johnson had command of the state's military forces, and it is in this capacity that the members of the Middle Tennessee Union Guards petitioned him for a new captain. Tennessee was a state of the Confederacy, and like the other border states fielded both Federal and Confederate regiments during the Civil War. The Middle Tennessee Union Guards were a company of Southern Unionists. Their captain having been lost in action, they petitioned Johnson for a new one, by name, Interestingly, their choice for their new captain was a member of a Maryland volunteer regiment, another border state with both Union and Rebel regiments in the field. The company's first captain, Stephen P. Tipten, had been killed in a fight near Tracy City on January 20, 1864. James H. Shannon, the popular choice to replace him, was serving with his 3rd Maryland Volunteer Regiment guarding the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad. Johnson had the power to commission Shannon, but not to release him from his Maryland service. It seems Shannon, leaving little to chance, was doing some lobbying of his own - on February 8, 1864, he was mustered out of the 3rd Maryland and the next day accepted his captain's commission from Tennessee. This company was one of three Tennessee companies in Federal service as part of the 1st Regiment of Tennessee and Alabama Vidette Cavalry. Most of the company's enlisted personnel are listed on the petition in the same hand. Of the few who did sign, most were illiterates who made their "X" mark over the entry for their names. Interestingly, the company seemed to be made up mostly of relative from a few local families. There are 5 Myers', 8 Fultons (inlcuding father and son Daniel Fulton Sr. and Jr.), 3 Culdwells, 5 Cambells, 7 Hunleys, and 7 Hobbs'. Items relating to the Unionj forces raised in the Confederate States are extremely scarce. A unique and fascinating document offering a glimpse into the Civil War in the border states at a very personal and local level. $475.00


GIDEON WELLES (1802-1878) 
Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War

Gideon Welles (1802-1878) served as Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War.

Born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Welles studied law but went into journalism and in 1826, became the founder and editor of the Hartford Times. At the age of 25, he entered politics and was elected to the Connecticut legislature. Welles would serve as postmaster of Hartford and chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing for the Navy.

Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Welles was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Abraham Lincoln. Welles implemented the Anaconda plan which gradually built up a fleet that was able to guard over 3,500 miles of Southern coastline and would isolate the South from the rest of the world.

During his retirement, Welles would write several books including Lincoln and Seward in 1874 and The Diary of Gideon Welles which was published after his death in 1911. In his diary, he writes a fascinating account of the major personalities he encountered during the Civil War.

This Department of Navy document, dated April 7, 1865 is signed by Welles in his capacity as Secretary of the Navy. The document officially detaches Lieutenant Commander John G. Walker from command of the U.S.S. Shawmut. The signature of "G Welles" is slightly rubbed but otherwise strong and legible. The document is also significant as it was issued two days prior to the official surrender by General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865. $250.00


Lieutenant GILS CURTISS (1753-1842) 
Revolutionary War soldier, later Mayor of Berlin, Connecticut

Revolutionary War soldier, later Mayor of Berlin, Connecticut. Served in the Major Eli Leavenworth's Company of the 6th Regiment of the Connecticut Line, among other units. Manuscript receipt for a delivery of shoes, shirts, socks and other much-needed clothing for the 4th Connecticut Regiment. Revolutionary-War-dated February 19, 1781. Boldly signed by Curtiss on the front. $225.00


OLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807) 
Continental Congressman and later US Senator for Connecticut, one of the framers of the US Constitution, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1796-1800

Continental Congressman and later US Senator for Connecticut, one of the framers of the US Constitution, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1796-1800. He is credited with suggesting the name "United States" for his newly independent country. Lovely manuscript pay-table document authorizing funds for the "security" of Hartford, Connecticut. Dated December 13, 1776, just a few months after Independence. Boldly signed by Ellsworth on behalf of the pay-table committee. Also signed by famed early American jurist JESSE ROOT. $425.00


OLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807) 
Superb Manuscript pay order to Dr, Joseph Cort for "medicines supplied the Riflemen marching through this Colony..."

Continental Congressman and later US Senator for Connecticut, one of the framers of the US Constitution, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1796-1800. He is credited with suggesting the name "United States" for his newly independent country. Superb Manuscript pay order to Dr, Joseph Cort for "medicines supplied the Riflemen marching through this Colony..." The riflemen in question were rifle companies raised by the Continental Congress and marching to join General George Washingtonxs hard-pressed Continental Army! An additional notation authorizes payment to Daniel Cort for "Saltpetre," a key component of gunpowder. Attractive and historic, dated September 24, 1776, and signed "O. Ellsworth." $450.00


OLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807) 
Continental Congressman and later US Senator for Connecticut, one of the framers of the US Constitution, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1796-1800

Continental Congressman and later US Senator for Connecticut, one of the framers of the US Constitution, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 1796-1800. He is credited with suggesting the name "United States" for his newly independent country. Manuscript pay order authorizing £2.13.6 "for Medicines & Administering to a Sick Soldier of the Connecticut Troops at Hartford." Dated December 28, 1775, and signed "O. Ellsworth." $425.00


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) 
Colonial currency printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, May 1, 1760

Printer, Author, Statesman. Signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. By the time of the Revolution, he was an internationally respected scientist for his pioneering work in electricity. An inventor of note, his "Franklin Stove" was a simple, hugely popular device. His international stature helped make him an effective diplomat for the newly independent United States. He negotiated the French alliance and the Peace of Paris that ended the Revolution. He chaired the important Grand Committee that worked out the thorniest issues during the Constitutional Convention. Colonial currency printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, May 1, 1760. A twenty shilling Pennsylvania note signed by Evan Morgan, Thomas Say, and Charles Jones. Printed by Benjamin Franklin on his printing press. $1200.00


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) 
A twenty shilling Delaware colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, June 1, 1759

A twenty shilling Delaware colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, June 1, 1759. Signed by David Hall, William Armstrong, and John Burns. Printed by Benjamin Franklin on his printing press. $1900.00


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) 
A fifty shilling Delaware colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, May 31, 1760

A fifty shilling Delaware colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, May 31, 1760. Signed by David Hall, Evan Rice, and V. Lockerman. Printed by Benjamin Franklin on his printing press. An especially rare example. $3500.00


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) 
Pennsylvania colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, June 18, 1764

A ten shilling Pennsylvania colonial currency note printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, June 18, 1764. Signed by Jona. Evans, Tho. Wharton, and E. Story. Printed by Benjamin Franklin on his printing press. $950.00


FRENCH ARMY (Commissary Agent Jeremiah Wadsworth) 
Jeremiah Wadsworth, Commissary Agent to the French Army

Manuscript order dated April 7, 1781 at Hartford, Connecticut, signed by Jeremiah Wadsworth, Commissary Agent to the French Army. Directed to the Agent to the French Army at Newport for 1,830 Livres "in a Bill of Exchange on Paris," and signed by Wadsworth. Later in this same year, the French Army would march south to Virginia to seal the American victory in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Yorktown. Any Revolutionary War documents related to the French Army are very rare. $775.00


JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON (1743-1818) 
He commanded Minute Men from Connecticut during the Lexington Alarm

Born of great wealth and social prominence. After graduating from Harvard, he became an active Son of Liberty. In 1774, he rose from the rank of Captain to Colonel of the 20th Regiment of Colonial Militia. He commanded Minute Men from Connecticut during the Lexington Alarm and would go on to command the Eighth Continental Regiment which was later reorganized into the Seventeenth Continental Regiment in 1776. In 1777 he was promoted to Brigadier General fighting at the Battle of Germantown. He would winter with General Washington at Valley Forge in 1777 to 1778 before moving on to fight at the Battle of Monmouth in June. Huntingdon remained in command until the end of the war in June 1783 and was brevetted Major General for war service. Huntington would serve as a Constitutional Convention delegate and in 1789 was appointed Customs Collection agent at New London, Connecticut by her personal friend, President George Washington.
This partially printed Connecticut pay order is dated February 1, 1789 and made out to Sherediah Butts, Esq of Canterbury. The two documents are attached to each other and numbered in sequential order. No. 3008 is made out for £24.10.0. No. 3009 is made out for £14.12.0. Both documents are signed "Jed Huntington," as Treasurer, making two Huntington signatures on the one document. It is unusual to find pay orders in this form. $380.00


MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE (1757-1834) 
French soldier and statesman, important figure in both the French and American Revolutions

French soldier and statesman, important figure in both the French and American Revolutions. Lafayette was a member of the Chamber of Deputies at the time. Dated February 20 (1823), the autograph letter signed is a 1 page 8vo to Colonel Hortoche. Lafayette tells Hortoche that his petition to his colleagues was warmly received. Written in French, the document includes the integral address leaf. $1350.00


HENRY "LIGHT-HORSE HARRY" LEE (1756-1818) 
Famed cavalry commander of the War of the Revolution, Federalist governor of Virginia 1792-1795, FATHER of Robert E. Lee

Famed cavalry commander of the War of the Revolution, Federalist governor of Virginia 1792-1795, father of Robert E. Lee. It was Henry Lee who wrote the words "First in War, first in Peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," as part of eulogy resolutions offered upon George Washington's death. Terrific manuscript invoice and pay order for the supplying of "some saddles and bridles received from Mr. Simpson for use my cavalry," with detailed entries and amounts, totaling £18.10.0. Signed "Henry Lee, Lt Col: (Lee's) Legion" A great piece of Revolutionary War history from one of the most colorful commanders in the Continental Army. $975.00


BENJAMIN LINCOLN (1733-1810 
Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War

Lincoln was an American army officer who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is noted for being present at several major surrenders during the war.
Lincoln was forced to surrender more than 5,000 men to British forces in May of 1780 in Charleston, SC. This loss of the southern army at Charleston was one of the worst Continental defeats of the war. He was denied honors of war in surrendering but was later paroled with no charges being brought against him.

Lincoln was exchanged for British Major General William Phillips in November 1780, returning to George Washington's main army and leading it south to Virginia where he played a major role in the Siege of Yorktown and the surrender of Charles Cornwallis in 1781. Pleading illness, Cornwallis did not attend the surrender ceremony, choosing instead to send his second-in-command, Charles O'Hara. In response, George Washington refused to accept O'Hara's sword and sent Lincoln, his second-in-command, to receive the official surrender.

Dated February 13, 1807 and measuring 10" x 5", this partially printed ship's manifest is for an American vessel sailing traveling from Marsilles, France to Marblehead, Massachusetts It was in Marblehead where Benjamin Lincoln served as collector for the port. The ship was bringing with it 118 gallons of brandy. The document is signed "B. Lincoln." $325.00


MASSACHUSETTS EXPRESS RIDER 
Manuscript pay receipt for £7:10 to Express Rider Ezra Hitchcock

Manuscript pay receipt for £7:10 to Express Rider Ezra Hitchcock for 13 days of riding time with destinations including Arlington and "Camp at Head Quarters." Revolutionary War-dated August 26, 1781. Signed on the front by Hitchcock as received. A great wartime piece. $775.00


MINUTE-MEN (Connecticut) 
Benjamin Clark

BENJAMIN CLARK. Revolutionary Patriot, Justice of the Peace. A Minute-Man from Plainfield, Connecticut, he was one of those who responded to the Lexington Alarm and marched to the relief of Boston! Manuscript pay order authorizing payment of the balance due for "service rendered to the United States" to Captain Reuben Marcey. Like Clark, Marcey also responded to the Lexington Alarm as a Lieutenant with the Ashford Minute-Men. Also signed by Stephen Eaton, who may be the same person listed as a soldier in the 3rd Regiment of the Connecticut Line. A very rare piece bearing the signature of one documented Minute-Man, and in reference to another! Revolutionary War-dated September 12, 1780. $450.00


PENNSYLVANIA STATE NAVY 
Partially printed Pennsylvania pay order for “Captain William Watkins of the State Navy”

From 1775-1778 a tiny force of a few dozen small gunboat galleys, fireships, and shore defenses, along with fewer then 800 men, comprised the Pennsylvania Navy in defense of the Delaware River approach to Philadelphia. In May of 1776, this little fleet engaged the British warships Roebuck (44) and Liverpool (28), driving them off. Partially printed Pennsylvania pay order for "Captain William Watkins of the State Navy" for £15:13:3, representing a year's payment on his deprecation certificate from wartime service. Signed on the reverse by Captain Watkins on September 6, 1785. Any artifacts from this small and short-lived Revolutionary War unit are extremely rare. Signed on the front by State Treasurer David Rittenhouse, a prominent Philadelphia statesman and citizen, and first Director of the US Mint. $700.00


TIMOTHY PICKERING (1745-1829 
WEST POINT PAY ORDER

Patriot activist, served as member of the Board of War and Quartermaster-General of the Army during the War of the Revolution. Appointed Secretary of War 1795, he served until dismissed by political enemy John Adams in 1800. West Point pay order and receipt for rations for riding horses, signed and written by Timothy Pickering. Dated June 18, 1784. Signed in the body of the document "Timothy Pickering." Also signed as received by Major Com. Corps artillery Sebastian Bauman commanding the US Corps of Artillery. Pickering was reimbursing Bauman for the forage rations for his two riding horses for the years 1783 and 1784. The size is 12" x 7.5" . $950.00


TIMOTHY PICKERING (1745-1829) 
Patriot activist, served as member of the Board of War and Quartermaster-General of the Army during the War of the Revolution

Patriot activist, served as member of the Board of War and Quartermaster-General of the Army during the War of the Revolution. Appointed Secretary of War 1795, he served until dismissed by political enemy John Adams in 1800. An ardent Federalist, he opposed the war of 1812. Partially printed United States promissory note authorizing £31:8. to paid a year from the date of issue. Dated March 1, 1781, and signed "Tim Pickering," the document describes the payment as being for 4 months and 26 days service as a wagon conductor, less the costs of clothing and previous cash received. Very nice condition, and a great Revolutionary War-dated piece. $595.00


FRANCIS PROCTOR 

Soldier of the Revolution, and officer of "Proctor's Artillery" formed in Pennsylvania in 1775. He was captured early in 1776 and spent months aboard the British prison ship "Glascow," in company with Ethan Allen among others. Upon his exchange, he commanded the 4th Continental Artillery 1777-1778. Very interesting manuscript receipt for £6.0.0 from fellow Pennsylvania artillery company commander James Biddle, to cover "exercising and instructing his Company of Artillery" from July through September, 1775. Dated January 11, 1776, and signed "Fran.c Proctor." Proctor had served previously in an Irish artillery regiment, and brought rare skill and experience to the Revolutionary cause. Some water staining, but professionally cleaned and de-acidified. A great piece of American Revolutionary history. $375.00


REVOLUTIONARY WAR CONNECTICUT 
Partially printed pay order for the State of Connecticut, war-dated February 24, 1778

Partially printed pay order for the State of Connecticut, war-dated February 24, 1778. The the sum of £18.0.0 was authorized for William Dodd "to enable him to proceed on his journey to Congress." Signed by John Chenward of the Pay Table Committee, and directed to State Treasurer John Lawrence. Signed as received by Dodd on the reverse. Excellent condition, and bearing a desirable 1778 Revolutionary War date. $225.00


(REVOLUTIONARY WAR) CONNECTICUT 
Partially printed promissory note for the State of Connecticut, dated June 1, 1782

Partially printed promissory note for the State of Connecticut, dated June 1, 1782. The the sum of £2.15.4 was authorized for Ira Hotchkiss "who hath served in the Connecticut Line of the Continental Army." Signed by Treasurer Peter Colt, great-grandfather of firearms inventor Sam Colt. Excellent condition, and surrounded by an engraved border "For the Payment of the Connecticut Line." $175.00


REVOLUTIONARY WAR DRAGOONS / CAVALRY 
Manuscript document authorizing pay for Daniel Craigg, a former member of the “Connecticut Rigement of Hors Commanded by Col. Shelding

Manuscript document authorizing pay for Daniel Craigg, a former member of the "Connecticut Rigement of Hors Commanded by Col. Shelding." This is a reference to the Second Continental Light Dragoons, sometimes called "Sheldon's Regiment," comprised largely of Connecticut cavalry. Craigg is signing over the pay due him for 1780, 1782, and 1783, to James Reynolds "for value received." Signed by Craigg and other officials, and dated 1788. $95.00


MARYLAND REVOLUTIONARY WAR ITEM 
Maryland Pay Order

Rare original partially printed Maryland Pay Order. Most surviving documents of this type are from Connecticut, with a number of known examples from Pennsylvania as well. This is the first Maryland Pay Order we have seen in the last two decades of handling this sort of material. The document authorizes the payment of forty pounds and fourteen shillings to William Rue, a private soldier of the 3rd Maryland Regiment "in the service of the United States." Issued August 23, 1782, at the end of the Revolutionary War. The Maryland regiments of he Continental Army were renowned for their skill and zeal, and are generally considered to have been among the best troops fielded by the Americans during the war. The 3rd Maryland Regiment saw extensive service during the war, beginning in 1776, and participated in most of the major battles of the conflict. On the reverse, Rue has assigned the note to "Major John Davidson" for "value of him received" in January, 1783, when the regiment was disbanded in South Carolina. Speculating in these notes was a common practice at the time, and speculators like the Major would pay a small amount in immediate cash to the soldiers who held the notes (many of whom had gone long stretches with no pay), in hopes that if the notes were redeemed in full by the state, they would profit. It was later transferred to a man named Latimer and signed with an "X" by Rue on the reverse. A fantastic and rare Revolutionary document. $500.00


REVOLUTIONARY WAR MILITARY SURGEON 

Treasury receipt from New Haven, Connecticut, date October, 1789, authorizing payment for a member of the assembly. Signed by Lemuel Wheeler, a Surgeon in Colonel Hinman's 4th Regiment. $125.00


PENNSYLVANIA REVOLUTION ITEM 
Partially printed pay order

Partially printed pay order authorizing the sum of £31.16.6 for Captain John Davis as interest on his depreciation certificate, probably as part of his wartime compensation. Signed on the reverse "Capt. John Davis." Davis saw a great deal of action during the war, and a portion of his diary was published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 1, Number 1, July 1893. A great piece of Revolutionary history. $275.00


PENNSYLVANIA REVOLUTION ITEM 
Revolutionary War Pay Order

Revolutionary War Pay Order issued to Captain George Bush of the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line in the amount of three pounds. The amount is "one year's interest on his depreciation certificate, due the tenth of April, 1785." The document is signed by John Nicholson and James Irvine. On the reverse is the autograph endorsement of Captain Bush.
John Nicholson (d. 1800) was an American Revolutionary War financier and associate of Robert Morris whom he joined in debtor's prison in 1800. The career of John Nicholson was very similar to that of Robert Morris. Both rendered invaluable financial assistance during the Revolution, both did much to develop and settle the new territories and both were finally broken by being too confident about the rapid growth of the economy. James Irvine (1735-1819) was an American Revolutionary War general and vice-president of Pennsylvania (1784-1785.) $495.00


RHODE ISLAND REVOLUTION ITEM 
Terrific manuscript document

Terrific manuscript document appointing Joseph Whippel to supply wood for "the use of the troops stationed hear (sic)." "Here" appears to be Warwick, Rhode Island, birthplace of legendary Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. Dated January 3, 1779, and signed by John Warner as the district Quartermaster General. $145.00


ISRAEL SEYMOUR (1735-1784) 
Soldier of the Revolution, Continental Army Officer from Connecticut

Soldier of the Revolution, Continental Army Officer from Connecticut. Interestingly, although Seymour survived the American Revolution he was killed shortly thereafter by a bolt of lightning that entered his chimney, traveled through the floors of his house and struck Seymour as he stood in his own front doorway. Manuscript Pay Order authorizing £580 to finance a "company new to be raised." Dated June 20, 1776, just two weeks before America declared Independence! Seymour later led the company he raised throughout the war as part of Elijah Sheldon's regiment. Boldly signed "Israel Seymour." Fine condition – an excellent Revolutionary War/1776 item from a front-line patriot! $400.00


THOMAS SUMTER 1735-1832 
Soldier of the Revolution, serving as Colonel of the Second Regiment of the South Carolina Continental Line

He was instrumental in wearing down Cornwallis' army, and driving them out of the Carolinas and toward their doom at Yorktown. Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, was named for him. When he died at the age of 97, he was the last surviving General of the American Revolution. Manuscript quartermaster document dated "April the 26th, 1776," recording "Neare Nelson's Ferry Colonel Thomas Sumter's Regiment of Riflemen, Rashins for 2 of Ct. Wade's Company of Riflemen 1 day." A great Revolutionary War artifact referencing a legendary officer and bearing a desirable 1776 date. $455.00


HENRI J. G. CLARKE, DUC de FELTRE (1765-1818) 
General and Minister of War under Napoleon, Marshal of France under the restored Bourbons

Manuscript letter dated May 16, 1807, addressed to a director of a cadet corps. Signed "Clarke" as Governor-General of Berlin, just three months before taking over as Minister of War. In French, not translated. $200.00


HENRI J. G. CLARKE, DUC de FELTRE (1765-1818) 
General and Minister of War under Napoleon, Marshal of France under the restored Bourbons

Partially printed official document from the Ministry of War conferring command of the Department of Aude on General of Brigade Pouget. Dated May 21, 1813, and signed by Clarke "Duc de Feltre" as Minister of War. A nice Napoleonic military document in fine condition. $355.00


KARL DONNITZ (1891-1980) 
World War Two German Admiral, originator of the dreaded U-boat "Wolfpacks," successor to Hitler in the final days of the war

Typed letter in German to Mr. Edmond Marino, dated January 3, 1960, along with the original envelope. The admiral conveys his best wishes for the New Year, and has signed at the bottom "Donitz." $260.00


KARL DONNITZ (1891-1980) 
World War Two German Admiral, originator of the dreaded U-boat "Wolfpacks," successor to Hitler in the final days of the war

World War Two German Admiral, originator of the dreaded U-boat "Wolfpacks," successor to Hitler in the final days of the war. Nice printed response sending thanks for birthday wishes, and apologizing for not being able to send a hand-written response. In the case of this particular note, Donitz adds a nice hand-written greeting and appends his bold signature in blue, "Donitz." $325.00


ERWIN JOLLASSE (1892-1987) 
German Lieutenant-General in the Second World War, commanded the 344th Infantry Division and the 9th Panzer Division

Winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves. German Lieutenant-General in the Second World War, commanded the 344th Infantry Division and the 9th Panzer Division. In the last weeks of the war, he commanded a group named "Combat Team Jollasse," comprised of the remains of the 344th Infantry Division and the 10th Waffen SS Division "Frundsberg." Signed letter, in German, to a collector mentioning a signed photograph (not included) and wishing him luck with his collection. Dated November 3, 1986, and signed "E. Jolasse." $165.00


ERNST KÖNIG 
German Major-General during World War Two

German Major-General during World War Two, one of the few to win the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves. At the age of 36 he was commanding the 28th Jäger-Division on the Eastern Front. Typed letter on the stationery of the Organization of Knight's Cross Holders, giving information on himself and the organization. Signed by König, and accompanied with a summary of his service record. $80.00


HENRY KNOX (1750-1806) 
Bookseller turned Soldier of the Revolution

Skilled and respected artillery general during the War of the Revolution, ultimately becoming the chief artillery officer for the army. Friend and confidante of George Washington. First United States Secretary of War 1785-1794. Manuscript War Department letter dated May 30, 1793, authorizing "all the brass mounted muskets put into order." Large, bold signature "H. Knox" as Secretary of War. $725.00


HUDSON LOWE (1770-1844) 
British General, Napoleon's jailer on the island of St. Helena during the time that the former emperor was exiled there

British General, Napoleon's jailer on the island of St. Helena during the time that the former emperor was exiled there, from 1815 until his death in 1821. Lowe was a target of the exiled Napoleon's spite, and is sometimes implicated in conspiracy theories surrounding the Emperor's death. Signature clipped from a document, "Hudson Lowe." $125.00


NELSON A. MILES (1839-1925) 
Union Major-General, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville

Union Major-General, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Commanded US Army 1895-1901, retired as a Lieutenant-General. Successful Indian fighter, he fought the Nez Perce 1877 and the Apaches under Geronimo 1886. Organized and trained troops for the Spanish-American War 1898. Typed letter dated August 29, 1890, recommending a US Army lieutenant for brevet rank under an Act of Congress to reward "gallant services in Indian campaigns." Excellent content as Miles recounts the lieutenant's conspicuous gallantry in action against the Nez Perce and later the Apache war against Geronimo's band. Signed in pencil "N. A. Miles, MG" as major-general commanding the Division of the Pacific. On very thin paper with some age discoloration, and a few spots of paper loss. Archivally de-acidified and backed. Scarce, with very good content. $1200.00


NELSON A. MILES (1839-1925) 
Union Major-General, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville

Union Major-General, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Commanded US Army 1895-1901, retired as a Lieutenant-General. Successful Indian fighter, he fought the Nez Perce 1877 and the Apaches under Geronimo 1886. Organized and trained troops for the Spanish-American War 1898. Very nice manuscript letter on Headquarters Division of the Pacific stationery, dated November 23, 1889. Addressed to General HENRY L. ABBOTT (1831-1927), an engineer officer who had commanded the Union siege artillery at Petersburg. Although only a colonel in the regular army, Miles addressed him by the brevet rank of major-general of volunteers awarded for his Civil War service. The letter concerns a visit by Abbott and his attendance at an event hosted by Miles. Fine condition, boldly signed "Nelson A. Miles." $285.00


OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (1785-1819) 
Distinguished US Navy officer, one of the heroes of the early American naval tradition, brother of Matthew C. Perry

Distinguished US Navy officer, one of the heroes of the early American naval tradition, brother of Matthew C. Perry. Veteran of the Quasi-War with France, victor of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Fantastic letter entirely in Perry's own hand, addressed to Commander WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE (1774-1833). US Navy Officer, one of the first heroes of the American naval tradition. He saw active service in the Quasi-War with France and the wars with the Barbary States. Succeeded Isaac Hull in command of the famed US Frigate Constitution, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812. The letter hints at naval intrigue and political maneuvering, and mentions several of the top officers of the day. Dated September 20, 1807, and signed "O. H. Perry." A rare item from one of the legends of the early US Navy. $3900.00


TIMOTHY PICKERING (1745-1829) 
Patriot activist, served as member of the Board of War and Quartermaster-General of the Army during the War of the Revolution

Patriot activist, served as member of the Board of War and Quartermaster-General of the Army during the War of the Revolution. Appointed Secretary of War 1795, he served until dismissed by political enemy John Adams in 1800. An ardent Federalist, he opposed the war of 1812. Original manuscript document dated June 19, 1784, at West Point, where John Burges has been paid 92 days extra pay for his services as an artificer, as the last of the Massachusetts Regiments to remain at West Point. Burges was part of the tiny caretaker force that remained when the Continental Army was disbanded following the Revolutionary War. The American army would eventually just number a few hundred men once most of the remainder, like Burges, mustered out. A great Revolutionary artifact, signed by Pickering as Quartermaster General. $490.00


JOHN RODGERS (1771-1838) 
Senior naval officer in the U.S. Navy who served under six Presidents for nearly four decades

Senior naval officer in the U.S. Navy who served under six Presidents for nearly four decades. He served aboard the Constellation and commanded both the Insurgente and and the Maryland. His service included the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Serving in the Navy during its formative years, he became a senior officer and helped to develop the practices and traditions that emerged. Rodgers was noted for commanding the largest American squadron to sail the Mediterranean Sea. He also commanded the USS John Adams which was the flagship of the fleet that would defeat the Barbary states of North Africa. It was during the War of 1812 where Rodgers, serving as a ranking officer, fired the first shot aboard the USS President and played a leading role in the recapture of Washington DC after it was burned by the British.
This letter is handwritten and signed by Rodgers. Dated April 13, 1831, it is a letter of the Navy Commission Office directing the replacement of the tin roof of the Ship House over the Pennsylvania which had been blown off by a gale of wind. Included with the letter is the postal cover, with the free frank signature of Rodgers, directed to the Commanding Officer, Navy Yard, Philadelphia. $475.00


JOHN RODGERS (Jr.) (1812-1882) 
Son of Commodore John Rodgers and Civil War naval officer

Son of Commodore John Rodgers and Civil War naval officer. Captain of the monitor "Weehawken," Rodgers would distinguish himself in the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1863 and against the Confederate ironclad "Atlanta." He received the Thanks of Congress and a promotion to Commodore. He took command of the ship, Dictator, but ongoing design and construction problems kept him with that ship for the remainder of the war. Post war, Rodgers would command the Boston Naval Station, take command of the Asiatic Squadron, command Mar Island and eventually become the Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory.

This document is written on the official stationary of the U.S. Navy Yard, Boston. Dated June 22, 1867, the letter requests a one week leave of absence for E.J. Brooks, 1st Assistant Engineer. It is approved and signed by Alex Henderson, chief engineer. The document has been signed "Granted, John Rodgers." $475.00


USS CONSTITUTION  
RENTAL RECEIPT FOR LAND OCCUPIED DURING ITS CONSTRUCTION

The U.S.S. Constitution is a wooden-hulled three masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, the frigate is the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel. Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed out of the six.

The Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. It was after a battle with the HMS Guerriere, that the Constitution was nicknamed "Old Ironsides." The frigate's popularity inspired public outcry anytime the subject of scrapping came up, repeatedly saving it from being dismantled. Today, the Constitution serves as an historical symbol of the Navy's role in war and peace. The frigate is the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world.

This rare, original receipt is in excellent condition and dated August 27, 1798. It was issued to confirm the receipt of $66.66 for the rental of a piece of land occupied in building the frigate, Constitution. A partially printed document, issued in Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. $16,000.00


WAR OF 1812 

Original letter addressed to Colonel Robert Pogue, commanding the 4th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers. The author, William Shotwell, encloses newspapers with an "account of the Battle of Queenstown, the President's message, and many other things." He mentions seeing Mrs. Pogue, from whom he bought some oxen, and assures the colonel that his family is well. Dated November 18, 1812. Some tape repairs to missing sections of paper. No postal markings on the integral address leaf, so this was carried and delivered privately. A great piece of early Americana from a war that left relatively few paper documents. $195.00


UNITED STATES NAVAL LYCEUM MEMBERSHIP DIPLOMA (1836)
UNITED STATES NAVAL LYCEUM MEMBERSHIP DIPLOMA (1836) 

On November 28, 1833, a group of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers, including Captain Matthew Perry and Commodore Charles G. Ridgely, founded the United States Naval Lyceum at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Organized to "promote the diffusion of useful knowledge, to foster a spirit of harmony and a community of interest in the service, and to cement the links which unite us [Navy and Marine Corps officers] as professional brethren," the Lyceum consisted of a library, a museum, and for a brief time boasted its own journal, Naval Magazine. Additionally, members of the Naval Lyceum were among the leading voices in favor of the establishment of a formal naval academy.

Fifty-five years after its founding, the United States Naval Lyceum was disbanded. After ceasing operations, the Lyceum's collections were transferred to the United States Naval Academy where they became the core of the Naval Academy Museum's collection.

Measuring 15" x 18" this United States Naval Officers Membership diploma of the United States Naval Lyceum is issued by the Navy Yard, New York and dated December 29, 1836. It contains the signatures of:

Charles Goodwin Ridgely (1794-1848,) President: Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ridgely served with Edward Preble during the First Barbary War. He was promoted to captain and placed in command of Erie. He commanded the Brazil Station and saw campaigns against the West Indian Pirates.
Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858,) 1st Vice President: The brother of Oliver H. Perry and serving as Commodore of the U.S. Navy, Perry commanded a number of ships. He served in the Mexican-American War and the War of 1812. Perry aided in setting the first course of instruction at Annapolis and organized the naval engineer corps. With the advent of the steam engine, he was a leading advocate in the modernization of the US Navy and was dubbed "The Father of the Steam Navy."

Tunis Cravin (1813-1864,) 2nd Vice President: Cravin served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. He was an officer in the US Navy and a leading surveyor and hydrographer of the navy. During the Civil War he commanded the ironclad Tecumseh, 1863-1864, and went down with her in Mobile Bay.

$3500.00


JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) 
2nd US President, Member of the Continental Congress for Massachusetts

2nd US President, Member of the Continental Congress for Massachusetts, early and vocal advocate for the Declaration of Independence. Adams was instrumental in negotiating the treaty ending the War of the Revolution. Adams has written 12 lines in Greek, undated, concerning the Ionian Confederacy, transcribed from Herodotus's history of the Persian Wars, Book 1, Chapter 141. The text concerns the conquest of Lydia by the Persians, when the Ionians and Aeolians belatedly offered their allegiance to the conqueror Cyrus. An annoyed Cyrus in turn relates a fable, the moral of which hints at the dangers inherent in waiting too long to submit to Persian rule. The only portion of the document written in English is the heading "The Ionian Confederacy. Herodutus. Lib. 1. c. 141." Like most of the founding fathers, John Adams was the product of a classical education, spanning Latin school in his teens through classical studies at Harvard in early adulthood. Being able to read the Greek and Latin classics in the original, and to pepper letters and conversation with appropriate quotations from the same, were the marks of a cultivated mind in the eighteenth-century. Also included is a smaller four-word Greek quotation written by Adams, and set with a beautiful impression of his "JA" seal in red wax above. Examples of presidential autograph material in any language except English are exceedingly rare. A fine and attractive pair of documents, offering insight into the intellectual world of one of the most significant of the founding fathers. A translation is provided. $6900.00


JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) 
6th US President, Diplomat, son of 2nd US President John Adams

6th US President, Diplomat, son of 2nd US President John Adams. A particularly effective Secretary of State under James Monroe, he was largely responsible for drafting the Monroe Doctrine. Note written by Adams, being a jury verdict in a civil case in which Adams was attorney for the plaintiff. Apparently Adams won his case, since this verdict is signed by the jury foreman. A scarce artifact, as Adams spent most of his life in public service and relatively little time practicing law. Not signed. $395.00


JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868)  
15th US President, the only president to remain a bachelor his entire life

15th US President, the only president to remain a bachelor his entire life. A popular and active Democratic politician, he served as Franklin Pierce's Minister to the United Kingdom. It was his misfortune to preside over the ever-deepening secession crisis, and his lack of action during that critical time has brought criticism ever since. When he left office he presented his successor, Abraham Lincoln, with a fractured country and a looming civil war. Superb manuscript letter to Postmaster General James Campbell, dated March 26, 1853, entirely in Buchanan's hand. Excellent political content concerning the political appointment process and how offices were distributed. A terrific, and scathingly accurate, assessment of the realities of politics from a master politician. Buchanan thanks Campbell for actions on behalf of a protégé, and commiserates concerning obstacles to the advancement of an apparent Campbell favorite. "True policy, as well as an honest heart," he writes, "dictates that one should be true to his friends." A fantastic item, one of the best Buchanan documents we've ever seen. $3500.00


AARON BURR & PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 
Soldier of the Revolution, third Vice-President of the United States

Soldier of the Revolution, third Vice-President of the United States, serving in the Jefferson administration. He is infamous for killing political opponent Alexander Hamilton in a duel, and for having been tried (and acquitted) for treason in a scheme allegedly involving the carving out of a personal kingdom from the Louisiana Purchase territory. A one page tall narrow folio engraved document dated Princeton, March 19, 1802 signed by 7 of College of New Jersey (now Princeton) alumni and friends which reads " We whose names are underwritten do hereby engage to pay the sums severally annexed to our names, to the Trustees of the college of New Jersey...for the purpose of rebuilding the said college, lately destroyed by Fire, and for the re-building the said College, lately destroyed by Fire, and for replacing the library and Philosophical Apparatus thereof." Below the printed part seven men have signed, dated March 19, 1802 pledging various amounts. Signed by Princeton alumnus Aaron Burr while serving as US vice-president. Also signed by US Constitution Signer Gouverneur Morris, US Senator Jonathon Mason, Revolutionary War officer Aaron Ogden and later Governor of New Jersey. Continental Congressman John E. Howard, scientist John Ewing and Jona Dayton, Revolutionary War officer, Signer of the US Constitution, Speaker of the US Congress and US Senator . Besides being a graduate himself, Burr had close ties to Princeton, as his father was the school's second president. $5500.


GROVER CLEVELAND (1837-1908) 
22nd and 24th US President

22nd and 24th US President, only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, first Democrat to become president after the Civil War. Large, partially-printed two-page document concerning the state board of health and its investigation into a business in Queens that was producing "offensive and deleterious stenches." The document is signed "Grover Cleveland" as governor of New York. Dated July 20, 1883. $495.00


CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) 
30th US President, Governor of Massachusetts

30th US President, Governor of Massachusetts. Amazing juvenile autograph album (2 x" by 4 x") kept by Georgia Wilder, a cousin of Coolidge's, when Calvin was a child. Contains the autographs of numerous children and residents of Coolidge's hometown of Plymouth, Vermont, including his mother VICTORIA J. COOLIDGE, who died in 1885 at the age of 39, and his only sibling ABIGAIL G. COOLIDGE, who died in 1890 at the tender age of 14. Also signed by Coolidge's (and Wilder's) grandparents HIRAM D. MOOR and ABIGAIL MOOR. Signed on the fifth page, "Your Cousin, J. Calvin Coolidge, Plymouth, Vt. Feb 12, 1885" by the twelve-year old future US President! His full name was John Calvin Coolidge – he dropped the "John" later in life. It is difficult to over-state the rarity of this item – documented childhood autographs of US Presidents are rare enough to be considered virtually non-existent, especially in private hands. This is a superb example, combining the signatures of Coolidge's friends, neighbors, and family from his tight-knit Vermont home town. A terrific find, and an absolutely unique Coolidge item. $3900.00


CALVIN COOLIDGE 
30th US President

30th US President, Governor of Massachusetts. He succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Warren Harding, for whom he served as Vice-President. Typed letter on Coolidge's official stationery as Massachusetts governor, dated June 15, 1920, thanking a supporter for a message of congratulations. Coolidge is almost certainly referring to his recent nomination as vice-president on Warren Harding's Republican ticket. Signed in full "Calvin Coolidge." $385.00


CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) 
30th US President

30th US President, Governor of Massachusetts. He succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Warren Harding, for whom he served as Vice-President. Original White House letter sending thanks for a message of "comfort and assurance" after the death of Harding. The name of the recipient has been cut out of the letter, presumably to protect their privacy, but President Coolidge's signature is bold and crisp, and the White House stationery header remains. Dated August 4, 1923. An unusual and rare presidential item with a President commenting on the death of his predecessor. $725.00


GRACE COOLIDGE (1879-1957) 
First Lady of the United States, wife of President Calvin Coolidge

First Lady of the United States, wife of President Calvin Coolidge. Elegant and well-loved, she was considered one of Calvin Coolidge's most valuable political assets. Fluent in sign language, she worked for decades with deaf children. Card signed and inscribed, "Autograph, Grace Coolidge, April 30, 1929." Done just after she and her husband had left the White House. Slight crease through the center, but still a strong and attractive signature. $95.00


VARINA DAVIS (1826-1906) 
Wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

Wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States of America. She greatly aided President Davis during his term, and later helped him write his memoirs. Charming letter written and signed by Varina Davis in 1904 to Colonel L. P. Yerger of Mississippi, concerning all sort of personal affairs and her own opinions and observations, including her troubles with "the whole race of pepper and mustard under the guise of Reporters..." Especially interesting are her comments regarding the "War in Manchuria," referring to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. She writes, "I do not love either side, but it is a weak power struggling against a powerful and unscrupulous adversary and I hope the Righteous God of Battles will help the worthy helpless ones." One back page smudged but legible, otherwise very good and with the original envelope. Signed "V. Jefferson Davis." $560.00


DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 
34th President of the United States

34th President of the United States with a career that held much military and political success. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. He graduated from West Point in 1915. He distinguished himself in World War I and II and advanced rapidly through the ranks. President Truman made him chief of staff in 1945 and supreme commander of NATO in 1951. Eisenhower was elected president on the Republican ballot with running mate Richard Nixon in 1952 and again in 1956. This museum quality frame, measuring 23.5" x 18" houses two smaller frames. The frame on the left features a portrait of Eisenhower. On the right, a framed letter dated March 17, 1949. In the letter addressed to Mr. Barnett Chaiken of Chicago, IL, Eisenhower thanks Chaiken for the previously received personal note and snapshots. It is signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower." $1200.00


DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 
34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two

34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two. Colorful cartoon cover of the official program for the 1949 Yale-Columbia football game, inscribed and signed by Eisenhower. Museum-quality framed with a portrait photograph of a smiling Eisenhower in uniform. $590.00


DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 
34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two

34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two. Beautiful copy of Ike's memoir Waging Peace: The White House Years 1956-1961, (Doubleday & Company, Inc: Garden City, NY, 1965). This copy is one example of the limited edition run of 1,500, personally signed by Eisenhower. This one is number 957, and is boldly signed "Dwight Eisenhower." A great copy of a large (741 pages) and impressive work by one of our most important and accomplished presidents. $1250.00


DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 
34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two

34th US President, General of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander during World War Two. Typed letter on Ike's "Headquarters European Theater" official stationery, sending thanks for a congratulatory letter. War-dated January 31, 1944, and boldly signed "Dwight D Eisenhower." There is a streak of age toning across the letter, probably from cracked glass in an earlier picture frame, otherwise very good condition and a nice World War Two era piece. $395.00


MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER (1896-1979) 
First Lady of the United States, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

First Lady of the United States, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 8" by 10" black and white photograph of a smiling Mamie at a press conference. Signed on the front "Mamie Eisenhower." A lovely image. $115.00


MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 
13th U.S. President

13th U.S. President, ascending to the office from the vice-presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Approved the Compromise of 1850, and signed the controversial Fugitive Slave Law. Partially printed document authorizing the affixing of the seal of the United States to "the further respite granted to James Clemens." Dated August 5, 1857, and signed "Millard Fillmore" as president. $850.00


MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 
13th U.S. President

13th U.S. President, ascending to the office from the vice-presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Approved the Compromise of 1850, and signed the controversial Fugitive Slave Law. A copy of the 69-page work The Seat of Government by Joseph B. Varnum, Jr., concerning the creation of Washington DC. Inscribed on the front, "President Fillmore from the Author." This book was presented to Fillmore from Varnum, and was part of his personal library. Not signed by Fillmore. $950.00


MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 
13th U.S. President

13th U.S. President, ascending to the office from the vice-presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Approved the Compromise of 1850, and signed the controversial Fugitive Slave Law. Beautiful oversized manuscript document empowering Captain William J. McCluney to ratify a "Convention of Peace, Friendship, and good Understanding between the United States and His Highness the Sultan of Borneo." Dated February 1, 1853, and set with a wax an a paper United States seal. Signed "Millard Fillmore" as president. $1900.00


GERALD R.FORD (1913-2006)
GERALD R.FORD (1913-2006) 
38th President of the United States

38th President of the United States as well as the 40th Vice President. As the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendement, Ford became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation due to the Watergate scandal. Ford became the only President of the United States who was never elected President and never elected Vice President by the country's Electoral College. Before becoming Vice President, Ford served in the House of Representatives for nearly 25 years forthe state of Michigan. One of Ford's more controversial acts as President was granting a presidential pardon to former President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. In 1976, Ford would narrowly defeat Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination but eventually lose the presidential election to Democrat, Jimmy Carter.

This museum quality frame, measuring 22.5" x 18.5", displays a portrait and handwritten letter. On the left, a portrait of Gerald R. Ford. On the right a note, boldly written by Ford. In the letter Ford writes, "Thank you all for a wonderful visit to Graylin. We appreciate your fine help." Presumably, the letter, while written on the official stationary of Wake Forest University, was intended for Wake Forest as well. The Graylyn International Conference Center, owned and operated by Wake Forest University, hosted a visit from Ford's in the late 1990s. The document is signed, "Gerald R. Ford." $575.00


GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006) 
38th President of the United States

38th President of the United States, the only person to hold the office having not won a national election. He was appointed to the office of Vice-President by President Richard Nixon following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and succeeded to the presidency upon Nixon's resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Original copy of The Warren Report: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (The Associated Press: Western Printing and Lithographing Company, 1964). Ford famously served on the 7-man commission, and endorsed the "single-bullet theory" findings of the commission. Signed on the title page, "Gerald R. Ford." $275.00


BENJAMIN HARRISON (1833-1901) 
Union General during the Civil War, 23rd US President

Faithful to his supporters among fellow Civil War veterans, he enacted the first major Federal entitlement program in providing Veterans' benefits, and pushed through the highly controversial and protectionist McKinley Tariff. Check of Fletcher's Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana, dated December 7, 1885, for $2.92. Payable to C. E. Shover, the check is made entirely in Harrison's own hand and signed "Benj. Harrison." Very nice example of a full autograph check for a scarce president. $575.00


LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (1908-1973) 
36th President of the United States

36th President of the United States, succeeding to presidency following the assassination of John F Kennedy. His dream of expanding on his "Great Society" group of social programs was overwhelmed by the escalating US involvement in the Vietnam War. Very good copy of his memoir The Vantage Point: Perspectives on the Presidency (Holt, Rinehart and Winston: New York, 1971). Numerous photos throughout. Signed by Johnson on the title page, "Lyndon B Johnson." $490.00


WILLIAM McKINLEY (1843-1901) 
25th US President, Governor of Ohio

McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish-American War of 1898, and was assassinated in office by an anarchist in 1901. Typed note on McKinley's stationery as Ohio Governor, declining an invitation. Dated August 28, 1894, boldly signed "W. McKinley." $590.00


WILLIAM McKINLEY (1843-1901) 
25th US President, Governor of Ohio

Unique pair of original prescription notes drawn on the US Naval Dispensary in Washington, DC. Handwritten prescriptions from Dr. Rixey. Presley Marion Rixey was a Surgeon General of the United States Navy and personal physician to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. The prescriptions are made out "For the President" (dated October 20, 1899) and "For Mrs. McKinley," prescribing specific mixtures for each of them, with instructions. Mrs. McKinley, for example, was to take a tablespoonful of "Wine of Phospho-Glycerite of Lime" with meals. Fascinating and utterly unique - we have never seen a similar presidential/first lady item before, let alone two of them for the first couple. Archivally framed with a beautiful period color portrait of the two of them. $2500.00


JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 
"Father of the Constitution."

American statesman and political theorist, Madison was the 4th President of the United States and became known as the "Father of the Constitution." He was instrumental in drafting the United States Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights. Madison inherited his plantation known as Montpelier and throughout his life owned hundreds of slaves which he used to cultivate the crops on his plantation. After the drafting of the Constitution, Madison became one of the key figures in its ratification. He collaborated with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay to produce the Federalist Papers in 1788. Madson's political views changed during his life. During the creation of the Constitution, he favored a strong, national government. As the years progressed he grew to favor stronger state government and would eventually adopt a viewpoint somewhere between the two. Madison drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution. He worked closely with President George Washington to help organize the new national government. He along with Thomas Jefferson organized what they called the Republican Party in opposition to the policies of the Federalists. He would serve under President Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Madison supervised the Louisana Purchase which effectively doubled the nation's size. Elected President in 1809, he would serve two terms leading the country into the War of 1812. This ornate, museum quality frame, measuring 31" x 23.5", houses two frames. On the right, a portrait of President James Madison. On the left, a Mediterranean ship's passport signed "James Madison" as President, Robert "R Smith" as Secretary of State and countersigned by "David Gelston Collector." Gelston was the Collector of the Port of New York. This ship's passport, issued to William Burns, is dated May 21, 1811 and was created after the United States signed a treaty with Algiers in 1795 in order to insure safe passage of U.S. ships through the area of the Mediterranean. The top of the passport form was cut in a distinctive scalloped pattern, providing proof of the document's authenticity. U.S. consuls provided copies to the Barbary corsairs, who were instructed to let pass all vessels holding passports which fit the scalloped pattern. This particular document promised that the ship was not mounted with guns and traveled with 11 men. The document features engraved pictures of a sailing ship and lighthouse as well as the white paper seal of the United States. A piece of the document is missing presumably from a varmint that "artistically" ate away at the animal skin document. $1950.00


JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 
Madison was the 4th President of the United States

American statesman and political theorist, Madison was the 4th President of the United States. He was instrumental in drafting the United States Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights. Madison inherited his plantation known as Montpelier and throughout his life owned hundreds of slaves which he used to cultivate the crops on his plantation. After the drafting of the Constitution, Madison became one of the key figures in its ratification. He collaborated with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay to produce the Federalist Papers in 1788. Madson's political views changed during his life. During the creation of the Constitution, he favored a strong, national government. As the years progressed he grew to favor stronger state government and would eventually adopt a viewpoint somewhere between the two. Madison drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution. He worked closely with President George Washington to help organize the new national government. He along with Thomas Jefferson organized what they called the Republican Party in opposition to the policies of the Federalists. He would serve under President Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Madison supervised the Louisana Purchase which effectively doubled the nation's size. Elected President in 1809, he would serve two terms leading the country into the War of 1812. This museum quality frame houses a portrait of James Madison and a land grant dated March 15, 1809. The document was issued to Henry Dixson Junior of Columbiana County, Ohio for payment to the US Government for land in Stubenville, Ohio that is "in the Territory north-west of Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river." Signatures of Madison and Secretary of State Robert Smith are on the lower left corner of the document. $1590.00


JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 
4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution

4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution, co-author, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, of the Federalist Papers, friend and ally of Thomas Jefferson. Free-franked postal cover with a "Washington City" postmark, and stamped "Free." Traces of the red wax seal remain. Officially docketed twice with an October 10, 1803 date and addressed to "Joseph Wilson, Esq., Collector of the Customs, Marblehead, Massach." Signed on the front by Madison as Secretary of State in the Jefferson administration. $875.00


JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 
4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution

4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution, co-author, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, of the Federalist Papers, friend and ally of Thomas Jefferson. Check drawn on the Office of Pay and Deposit of the Bank of Columbia for $100.00, dated July 10, 1815, while Madison was President. Made payable to "A. B. or bearer," and signed "James Madison." $1450.00


JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 
4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution

4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution, co-author, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, of the Federalist Papers, friend and ally of Thomas Jefferson. A receipt made out by Madison on May 28, 1802, to his sister, Nellie Conway Madison, for $50 from their Grandfather's estate. Madison's full name is signed in the first line of the note, and the entire document is in his hand. Signed by Nellie C Madison, who died shortly after this receipt was made. She had been named for their mother, who herself lived to 1829 and the ripe old age of 98. $2800.00


JAMES MADISON / JAMES MONROE 
JAMES MADISON / JAMES MONROE

4th US President, principal architect of the US Constitution, co-author, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, of the Federalist Papers, friend and ally of Thomas Jefferson. Large partially printed document granting a large 750-acre tract of land in the Ohio River valley to Daniel Bedinger, as a reward for service in the Virginia Line during the American Revolution. Signed by Madison as President and JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) as Secretary of State. Excellent condition, archivally preserved under UV protective plexi and matted with acid-free materials. $1950.00


JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) 
5th US President

5th US President, presided over a particularly harmonious and prosperous time known as the "Era of Good Feelings." Promulgated the "Monroe Doctrine" as US policy. Manuscript letter entirely in Monroe's own hand, dated September 3,1814, just days after the British had burned Washington DC during the War of 1812. The letter is intended as an introduction from Monroe, at the time US Secretary of War, to the commanders organizing the attack on the British fleet operating in the Potomac, which would soon threaten Fort McHenry and Baltimore. "Dear Sir, Permit me to present to your acquaintance Genls. Ringgold, Van Ness, Col. Tilghman, Mr. Lawrence & Mr. Jones, and my brother. They are desirous of uniting their aid, so far as they may be able, in giving effect to the efforts to demolish the squadron in the river. By placing them with you, I know that I advance them to the post of danger & of honor. Sincerely yours, Jas. Monroe." Excellent condition. A terrific letter, with excellent wartime content, written during the darkest days of the War of 1812 by a future president. Quality War of 1812 letters are extremely scarce, and significant ones from future presidents involved in the conflict are very rare. A great item. $9500.00


RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) 
37th US President

Nixon ended American involvement in the Viet Nam War, improved relations with the Soviet Union, and opened US relations with the Peoples' Republic of China, before being driven from office in the wake of Watergate. Nice copy with dust jacket of Nixon's book Six Crises, (Doubleday & Company: Garden City, NY, 1962). This book, written in the wake of his loss to John F Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential Election, covers the Hiss case, his televised funding speech (the so-called "Checkers" speech in 1952), Eisenhower's heart attack, the trip to Caracas, the famous "Kitchen Debate" with Khrushchev, and the 1960 campaign. Boldly signed on the title page, "Richard Nixon." $450.00


RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) 
37th US President

Nixon ended American involvement in the Viet Nam War, improved relations with the Soviet Union, and opened US relations with the Peoples' Republic of China, before being driven from office in the wake of Watergate. United States Senate Chamber pass granting access to the "Vice-President's Row" in April, 1954, while Nixon was serving as Eisenhower's VP. Boldly signed "Richard Nixon." A great early Nixon item. $275.00


RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) 
37th US President

Nixon ended American involvement in the Viet Nam War, improved relations with the Soviet Union, and opened US relations with the Peoples' Republic of China, before being driven from office in the wake of Watergate. Interesting three-paragraph typed commentary on "Layman's Sunday," with Nixon discussing the importance of spirituality and getting involved. Dated "Layman's Sunday" 1972, and signed "Richard Nixon" as president. On embossed White House stationery. $950.00


RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994)  
37th US President

37th US President. Nixon ended American involvement in the Viet Nam War, improved relations with the Soviet Union, and opened US relations with the Peoples' Republic of China, before being driven from office in the wake of Watergate. Typed letter on Nixon's personal stationery dated January 8, 1968, declining to visit Cook County, Illinois, for a political event. Considering the confusion surrounding the 2000 Presidential election, it is interesting to note that Cook County was the spot where Nixon lost his extremely close contest to John F. Kennedy in 1960 under circumstances very similar to those in Florida 2000! Strong signature "Dick Nixon." $500.00


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962) 
Wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, Delegate to the United Nations

Wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, Delegate to the United Nations. A respected and much-loved first lady, she did a great deal for numerous social justice and reform causes. Interesting typed letter dated September 26, 1955. In only a few short paragraphs, she declines a trip to Russia, provides an update on hurricane damage to Hyde Park, and side-steps a request for a job. Signed "Eleanor Roosevelt." $285.00


FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 
32nd US President, longest-serving president

32nd US President, longest-serving president, having been elected to four terms. He constructed the "New Deal" to combat the Great Depression, and directed the US effort in World War Two. Very interesting partially printed extradition document turning fugitive Jacob Weiss over to New Jersey authorities. Set with the New York state seal, and signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as governor. Dated January 7, 1929. $550.00


FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 
32nd US President, longest-serving president, having been elected to four terms

32nd US President, longest-serving president, having been elected to four terms. He constructed the "New Deal" to combat the Great Depression, and directed the US effort in World War Two. Nice typed letter on Roosevelt's stationery as New York governor sending thanks for congratulations on his nomination for the presidency. Addressed to James Riggs of the State Normal and Training School, and dated December 9, 1932. Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt." $475.00


FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 
32nd US President, longest-serving president

32nd US President, longest-serving president, having been elected to four terms. He constructed the "New Deal" to combat the Great Depression, and directed the US effort in World War Two. Typed letter dated January, 1929, to a woman whose son was apparently afflicted with polio. Roosevelt makes some recommendations regarding consultation at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a center established by FDR for the treatment of polio in 1927. He was himself stricken by polio at the age of 39, and left a paraplegic. He later went on to become governor of New York and the longest serving President of the United States. Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as New York governor. $495.00


THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) 
26th US President, led the "Rough Riders" to glory at San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War

26th US President, led the "Rough Riders" to glory at San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. Succeeded to the Presidency when McKinley was assassinated. 22-page program for the Pan-American Missionary Service held on October 25th, 1903, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington. Signed in ink on the front "Theodore Roosevelt, Oct. 25th, 1903" as President. $925.00


TAFT WHITE HOUSE (c. 1909-1913) 
White House ephemera

Embossed heavy cardstock invitation to and door pass to receptions at the White House, each for different days in January, for Mr. James E. Gregg. The invitation is set with a gilt presidential eagle, and the door pass come with the original envelope. A very nice, and rare, pair of White House ephemera. $55.00


HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972) 
33rd US President

33rd US President, ascended to the Presidency upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, authorized the first use of the Atomic Bomb. Check of the City Bank of Kansas City payable to Miss C. Reyling for $20.00, dated August 8, 1925. Signed in full, "Harry S. Truman." $325.00


HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972) 
33rd US President

33rd US President, ascended to the Presidency upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, authorized the first use of the Atomic Bomb. Good copy with dust jacket of volume 1 of Truman's Memoir: Volume One - Year of Decision, (Doubleday & Company: Garden City, NY, 1955). Signed and inscribed by Truman on the half-title page. $400.00


WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) 
28th US President, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University

28th US President, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University. Led the United States through the First World War, and personally helped negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. Very nice typed presidential letter on White House stationery, dated August 13, 1913, only a few months into Wilson's presidency. He expresses support for the Democratic candidacy of William Pettengall of Maine for a seat in the US Congress. Despite Wilson's personal support, Pettengall was not successful in expanding Wilson's Democratic majority. Good strong signature "Woodrow Wilson" as president. $585.00


WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) 
28th US President, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University

28th US President, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University. Led the United States through the First World War, and personally helped negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. Note written entirely in Wilson's hand, "My Dear Sir, I very cheerfully comply with your request for an autograph. Woodrow Wilson." Dated April 28, 1909, at Princeton. $675.00


MENACHIM BEGIN (1913-1992) 
Israeli patriot, Prime Minister of Israel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 1978

Israeli patriot, Prime Minister of Israel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 1978. Typed letter on Hebrew Israeli stationery, to an American supporter. Among other things, Begin promises he will see to it that "no Munich like surrender takes place in the Middle-East." Signed as Prime Minister, dated 1974. In English. $890.00


DAVID BEN-GURION (1886-1973) 
Israeli statesman, First Prime Minister of Israel, declared Israeli independence in 1948

Israeli statesman, First Prime Minister of Israel, declared Israeli independence in 1948. Typed letter on official letterhead, dated September 6, 1953. In Hebrew, untranslated. Signed by Ben Gurion as Prime Minister. $890.00


BRITISH ARMY IN AMERICA 
Original manuscript sight-draft for an ensign

Original manuscript sight-draft for an ensign. Handwritten sight-draft for £9.3.0 for the subsistence of Ensign John Mill of the 2nd Royal American Battalion, one of the few British regiments raised and based in North America. Dated Christmas Day, 1766, at New York and signed by Mill. Very scarce. $590.00


LORD CASTLEREAGH (1769-1822) 
Marquis of Londonderry, British statesman, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs after 1812

Marquis of Londonderry, British statesman, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs after 1812, one of the key players in the great coalition against Napoleon. He represented Britain at the Congresses of Vienna in 1814 and Paris 1815. After some periods of mental instability, he committed suicide in 1822. Address panel written and signed by Castlereagh, dated March 3, 1817. Originally from a very old collection, the item comes with c. 19th century handwritten quotes concerning Castlereagh from Napoleon, Byron, Lady Stanhope and Catherine Hatton. Unique and appealing. $350.00


DUKE CHARLES V of LORRAINE (1643-1690) 
Soldier for the Holy Roman Empire

Soldier for the Holy Roman Empire, while for most of his life his titular domain was under the control of France, serving with distinction for many years. Manuscript document in French, dated 1678, set on the reverse with a lovely impression of Charles' seal in black wax. Boldly signed by him Duc de Lorraine. $500.00


VENANCIO FLORES (? -1868) 
Uruguayan statesman and soldier

Uruguayan statesman and soldier. Made himself President of Uruguay after leading insurrections 1854-1855 and 1865-1868. Assassinated shortly after resigning during a revolution led by his sons. Note in Spanish written and signed by Flores, acknowledging a gift. Signed "Veno Flores." Translation and a small albumen portrait photograph included. Autograph material from such early Latin American leaders is extremely rare. $130.00


INDIRA GANDHI (1917-1984) 
First (and so far only) female Prime Minister of India

First (and so far only) female Prime Minister of India, daughter of Indian Independence leader and first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Assassinated by two Sikh separatists among her own bodyguards. Signature on official card, dated 1971. With the original envelope bearing Indian stamps and postmarks, and the cover letter from Gandhi's private secretary. $245.00


GEORGE (AUGUSTUS) II (1683-1760) 
King of Great Britain, only son of George I

King of Great Britain, only son of George I. At odds with his father most of his adult life, including establishing a rival court of his own in 1718. Reconciled with George I through the mediation of Prime Minister Walpole in 1720. Ascended to the throne upon his father's death in 1727. Portion of a larger document, in German, dated 1738, and signed "George R" as king. $485.00


GEORGE (AUGUSTUS FREDERICK) IV (1762-1830) 
King of Great Britain, eldest son of George III

King of Great Britain, eldest son of George III. In 1811, when George III's mental instability prevented him from fulfilling his duties, George IV (then Prince of Wales) was appointed Prince Regent, ruling in his father's name. He ascended the throne as George IV upon the death of George III in 1820. Vellum commission document appointing Charles Finch as Paymaster to the 2nd Battalion of the 12th East Suffolk Regiment, dated February 13, 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars. Signed "George PR" as Prince Regent. Set with two wax and paper seals. $325.00


GEORGE VI (1895-1952) 
King of England

King of England. Document signed as King, dated December 4, 1948, appointing Herbert Edward Parkes as a member of the Railway Rates Tribunal. Signed by George VI to the right of a large red Royal Seal. $575.00


EARL OF GODOLPHIN (?-1712) 
Distinguished English statesman, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Anne

Distinguished English statesman, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Anne, friend and political ally of the Duke of Marlborough. Well-respected for his modesty, honesty, and competence. Portion of a manuscript document dated 1709, signed "Godolphin" as Lord High Treasurer. $145.00


FRANCOIS de BARBÉ MARBOIS (1745-1837) 
French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780

French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780. His fortunes varied during the French Revolution, at one point being elected to the Council of Elders only to be deported to Guiana by the Directory. Later appointed Minister of Finance by Napoleon, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the United States overnight. Addressed to Robert Livingston, US Minister to France, asking him to forward a letter to future president James Monroe, who was in England at the time. Monroe and Livingston had represented the US in the negotiations over the Louisiana Purchase, while Marbois represented France. French Treasury Ministry document dated according to the French Revolutionary Calendar 30 Pluviose of the year 12 (February 20, 1804), just a few months after the Louisiana Purchase agreement was reached.A great document, mentioning both US negotiators, and signed by the French negotiator, for the most significant (and peaceful) land expansion in American history. $1800.00


FRANCOIS de BARBÉ MARBOIS (1745-1837) 
French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780

French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780. His fortunes varied during the French Revolution, at one point being elected to he Council of Elders only to be deported to Guiana by the Directory. Later appointed Minister of Finance by Napoleon, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. Partially printed document, in French, on Ministry of the Public Treasury paper. Dated according to the French Revolutionary calendar, 9 Germinal of the year 10 (March 30, 1802). Signed "Barbé Marbois" as Minister. $245.00


GEORGE SPENCER, 4th DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH (1739-1817) 
British nobleman, Lord Chamberlain and member of the Privy Council for King George III

British nobleman, Lord Chamberlain and member of the Privy Council for King George III. An amateur astronomer, he had a small observatory built at the family residence of Blenheim Palace. Partially printed vellum document making Thomas Hoard a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, of which Marlborough was Lord-Lieutenant. Signed "Marlborough" and retaining most of the Duke's red wax seal. Dated June 19, 1766. $185.00


WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE (1779-1849) 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1834-1841

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1834-1841. He was Prime Minister when Queen Victoria ascended the throne, and quickly became her political mentor as she broke free of the controlling influence of her mother and advisors. Melbourne, Australia, was named for him when it was founded in 1837. Address panel entirely in Melbourne's hand, Marked "Private" and addressed to "The Countess Stanhope," probably Anne Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (1802-1885). Signed "Melbourne." $145.00


HENRY VISCOUNT PALMERSTON (1784-1865) 
Popular and effective British Prime Minister

Popular and effective British Prime Minister. Among the challenges of his tenure were the American Civil War and the important British decision not to recognize the Confederacy. Manuscript official document, dated December 23, 1812, authorizing full back pay for officers of the 97th Regiment of Foot, who had been entitled to it during a period of reduction (1797-1802). Signed "Palmerston" as Secretary at War. A great Napoleonic Wars document, with a strong signature. $150.00


LOUIS-PHILLIPE I, KING OF THE FRENCH (1773-1850)
LOUIS-PHILLIPE I, KING OF THE FRENCH (1773-1850) 
Formerly duc d'Orléans, and son of “Philippe Égalité

Formerly duc d'Orléans, and son of "Philippe Égalité." Despite his aristocratic background, he enthusiastically embraced the French Revolution. He got entangled in the treason of General Dumouriez, and fled into exile in 1793. Despite his forced absence, he never aided France's enemies during the years of war that followed. He returned with the Bourbon Restoration, and in the ensuing upheaval, he was chosen (with the support of Lafayette) "King of the French" in 1830. At first very popular as the unassuming "Citizen King," his increasing conservatism helped spark the 1848 revolution in France, which resulted in his abdication and the creation of a Second Republic. He died a few years later. Manuscript official letter, in French (not translated), dated November 11, 1820, at the Palais Royale. Boldly signed "Louis Philippe D'Orleans." Excellent condition. A great artifact from a fascinating French monarch. $285.00


POPE GREGORY XVI (1765-1846)
POPE GREGORY XVI (1765-1846) 
Born Mauro Capellari, he was elected Pope in 1831

Born Mauro Capellari, he was elected Pope in 1831. As a Cardinal, he had conducted Pope Pius VIII's negotiations with the Kingdom of Prussia. Document written entirely in Gregory XVI's hand from the Quirinal of 1839, while he was Pope. Attested to by a Vatican Jesuit and set with a red wax seal. Not signed. $850.00


LOUIS PHILLIPE D'ORLEANS, DUC DE'ORLEANS
LOUIS PHILLIPE D'ORLEANS, DUC DE'ORLEANS 
French nobleman and soldier

French nobleman and soldier, he married Louise Henriette de Bourbon-Conti. As a soldier, he distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession, particularly at the pivotal Battle of Fontenoy. Partial manuscript document, in French, with a very old collection tag attached. Boldly signed "L Phil de'Orleans." $650.00


QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901)
QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901) 
Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death

Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death. Her reign of 63 years and 7 months is the longest of any British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history. Museum quality framed letter is written and signed by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace during the fourth year of her reign. The document measures 19" by 16" within a full 38" by 23" frame. An image of Queen Victoria is inner framed to the left of the document. The letter, dated April 2, 1841, announces C. D. Day, Esq. as Executive Council of the Province of Canada. The letter bears the official seal of the Queen and is addressed to the "Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillor Charles Baron Lydenham Our Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over Our Province of Canada." $2500


DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY 
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY

This decorative copy of the Declaration of Independence measures approximately 23" x 31" framed and was published 1819 - ?. Engraved by William Woodruff and published by O. Rogers of Philadelphia, PA, it features the title in ornamental script and text in a uniform round hand within an ornamental border bearing the state seals in medallions and portraits of Washington, Jefferson and Adams. The complete text of the Declaration of Independence is featured within the border as is facsimile signatures of the Declaration's signers.
This copy is a close imitation of the John Binns copy which, according to Binns, was stolen by Woodruff while he was employed in the shop of George Murray the man hired by Binns to carry out the ornamental part of the engraving. Binns sued Woodruff in a federal court however the court decided that the case was outside its jurisdiction. Woodruff then went ahead and published his print before Binns.

This copy is printed from the original plate with signatures engraved in facsimile and includes Woodruff's imprint as well as the printer's credit "Phila. Published by O. Rogers, No 67 South 2nd St. Philad." At the bottom of the document it reads "To the People of the United States this engraving of the Declaration of Independence is most respectfully inscribed by their fellow citizen Wm. Woodruff" Price upon request


JOSIAH BARTLETT (1729-1795)
JOSIAH BARTLETT (1729-1795) 
Physician, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire. Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Physician, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He later served as both Chief Justice and Governor of the new state of New Hampshire. Excellent manuscript document, containing over one hundred words entirely written by Bartlett engaging in a real estate transaction with Ephraim Lund. Dated May 4, 1776, precisely two months to the day before Bartlett added his signature to the Declaration of Independence! Strong, clear signature "Josiah Bartlett." $4200.00


GEORGE CLYMER (1739-1813)
GEORGE CLYMER (1739-1813) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Signer of the Declaration of Independence was an American politician and founding father of our country. He was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Great Britain. As a Pennsylvania representative, Clymer was one of 6 men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Clymer was chairman of the Continental Committee of Safety.

This extraordinarily significant document, dated June 10, 1776, was issued weeks before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Measuring 5.5 x 8.5, it is written and signed by Clymer and in good condition. There is minor browning due to age. The document was addressed to John Nixon and reads: "Please to pay to Mr. John Cobourne or his order Three Hundred pounds and charge the same to his account for expenses in sinking the Chevaux de Frize. By order of the Committee."

The Cheval (often called Chevaux) de Frise was supposedly developed by Benjamin Franklin, and consisted of a heavy timber frame bristling with iron tipped spikes which, when sunk in a river, could rip the hull of a vessel apart. Two of these contraptions were used during the Revolutionary War, one across the Delaware River south of Philadelphia, and one across the Hudson below West Point. In December 1776, the Chevaux de Frise mentioned in this document, played an important role in the Philadelphia campaign. $12,000.00


JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)
JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) 
Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress

Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress, first Governor of the state of Massachusetts. Very interesting wartime manuscript document, entirely in Hancock's hand, dated June 5, 1782, addressing the "Gentlemen of the Senate & the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives (of Massachusetts). Tantalizing content referring to an important letter "the contents of which so materially affect this Commonwealth" that Hancock directed they be laid before the legislators. The letter apparently came by way of "Mr. Lovell from Philadelphia," probably a reference to JAMES LOVELL (1737-1814), a fellow signer of the Declaration and a Massachusetts member of the Continental Congress. The letter was from yet another signer, the new Superintendant of Finance ROBERT MORRIS (1734-1806). Morris' sweeping executive role had been created the previous year to deal with the massive financial crisis plaguing the struggling United States. Among his first proposals were the creation of the first nationally-chartered bank, a national mint, and decimal coinage. It is likely that the letter referred to by Hancock concerned some or all of these massive new initiatives. Docketed on the reverse as the original draft for Hancock's message. Written by Hancock, and signed with his initials "J H." A terrific and unique Revolutionary War John Hancock. Archivally de-acidified and backed. $5,800.00


JOHN HART (1711-1779)
JOHN HART (1711-1779) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress

Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, Speaker of the first Assembly of the State of New Jersey. Hart was a last-minute replacement for the New Jersey delegation when the entire original group was dismissed, having been opposed to the idea of independence. He arrived just in time to sign the Declaration on behalf of his state. He later offered his farm as a campsite for Washington's Continental Army during the Monmouth Campaign, and for several days prior to the battle 12,000 American soldiers enjoyed his hospitality. New Jersey one shilling note from the issue of March 25, 1776. Signed on the front, "John Hart." $575.00


SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796)
SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796) 
Member of the Continental Congress. President of Congress 1779-1781, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Patriot activist, self-made man successful in the practice of law, Member of the Continental Congress. President of Congress 1779-1781, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He presided over the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. Governor of the state of Connecticut 1786-1796. Legal-size manuscript letter entirely in Huntington's hand addressed to "Mr. Secretary Scott in New York, concerning an extensive parcel of land Huntington was looking to acquire for a favorite nephew "to make him a settlement in the world." Huntington is requesting Scott help with a title search, to ensure the property he is looking at is "unencumbered." Boldy signed "Saml Huntington." $2950.00


Lachlan McIntosh, Rev Gen killed Declaration Signer Button Gwinnett in duel
Lachlan McIntosh, Rev Gen killed Declaration Signer Button Gwinnett in duel  
Infamous for killing Declaration of Independence signer BUTTON GWINNETT (1732-1777) in a duel

Lachlan McIntosh, (1725-1806). General during the Revolutionary War, famous for his campaigns against the Indians and the British in the West and South, infamous for killing Declaration of Independence signer BUTTON GWINNETT (1732-1777) in a duel motivated by political rivalry. Manuscript, signed at the bottom "Lachn McIntosh." Also signed on the reverse by McIntosh, making two signatures on the one document. Dated August 20, 1791. A rare item from one of the most colorful, infamous and controversial Revolutionary War generals. $ 3,500.00


GEORGE READ (1733-1798)
GEORGE READ (1733-1798) 
American Revolutionary, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

American Revolutionary, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. A prominent Delaware statesman, he served as Continental Congressman, Constitutional Convention Delegate, US Senator and Chief Justice for his state, as well as President of Delaware. Manuscript document entirely in Read's own hand concerning the various sales of a tract of land from 1703 to the present day (1789). The original land patent came from William Penn. Fine condition. $350.00


GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893)
GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia

American Revolutionary, Colonel of the First Regiment of the Georgia Militia. Wounded and captured by the British during the siege of Savannah, and later exchanged in 1779. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia. He was a fierce political opponent of fellow Georgia Signer, Button Gwinnet. He assisted General Lachlan McIntosh during the duel in which Gwinnet was mortally wounded. Superb legal opinion written and signed by Walton, concerning the important issue of banishment and confiscation of property that was enforced on those deemed "traitors" during the revolution. In this case, a former secretary to a Continental Army general who had crossed over to the British side was under banishment by order of the government of South Carolina, and the extract of minutes from the State Council on the reverse asks for Walton's opinion as to whether Georgia should be bound to respect their sister state's edict. Walton upholds the idea that states are bound to uphold each others' laws, and deemed it the "duty" of the governor of Georgia to enforce the South Carolina Act of Banishment in this case. Dated December 16, 1785, and signed "Geo Walton" as Chief Justice. A fantastic Signer document and a significant legal opinion from the first years of American independence! $3500.00


FELIX FRANKFURTER (1882-1965)
FELIX FRANKFURTER (1882-1965) 
Austrian-born Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court 1939-1962, Founder of the ACLU

Austrian-born Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court 1939-1962, Founder of the ACLU. Typed letter on Supreme Court stationery, dated December 7, 1960, concerning a memorial planned for a friend. Signed "Felix Frankfurter." Professionally matted. $850.00


JAMES HOBAN (1762-1831)
JAMES HOBAN (1762-1831) 
Architect, designed The White House, and supervised its rebuilding after its destruction by the British in 1814

Architect, designed The White House, and supervised its rebuilding after its destruction by the British in 1814. Also designed the State and War offices, and the old State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina. Original manuscript Deed of Trust document concerning a debt, filed in April of 1825. Hoban has signed twice as witness! $490.00


JAMES HOBAN (1762-1831)
JAMES HOBAN (1762-1831) 
Architect, designed The White House, and supervised its rebuilding after its destruction by the British in 1814.

Architect, designed The White House, and supervised its rebuilding after its destruction by the British in 1814. Also designed the State and War offices, and the old State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina. Land indenture document dated September 14, 1815, signed by Hoban as one of the principles. Also signed by Justice of the Peace WILLIAM THORNTON (1759-1828), the architect who designed the US Capitol! Scarce, unusual document bearing the signatures of the two most important federal architects of the early Republic. $1250.00


JOHN EDGAR HOOVER (1895-1972)
JOHN EDGAR HOOVER (1895-1972) 
Long-time Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Typed letter on Hoover's letterhead as FBI Director, dated March 24, 1972, sending thanks to a citizen who had read Hoover's books on Communism. Signed "J. Edgar Hoover." $125.00


CHARLES EVANS HUGHES (1862-1948)
CHARLES EVANS HUGHES (1862-1948) 
Governor of New York, Chief Justice of the United States 1930-1941.Signed card, dated February 10, 1923 $125.00

Governor of New York, Chief Justice of the United States 1930-1941.Signed card, dated February 10, 1923 $125.00


JOSEPH HUME (1777-1855
JOSEPH HUME (1777-1855 
A British physician and statesman and long-time member of Parliament

A British physician and statesman and long-time member of Parliament. A radical member of the Whig party, Hume was considered the leader of the movement toward universal suffrage and religious freedom. He was instrumental in the repeal of the Corn Laws. This manuscript letter was written and signed by Hume. Dated May 10, 1824, Hume mentions in the letter that he is adding his autograph to a collection of "public characters" which was requested by the addressee. It is signed "Joseph Hume" in a good strong signature. $135.00


SAMUEL D. INGHAM (1779-1860)
SAMUEL D. INGHAM (1779-1860) 

Samuel D. Ingham was born in 1779 near New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After a brief education and the death of his father, Ingham worked as paper maker's apprentice for five years before returning to help run his family's farm.
In 1798, to help supplement the family's income, Ingham went to New Jersey, where he worked at a paper mill. Returning home, he opened his own mill and pursued politics, becoming a member of the state House of Representatives in 1806. After serving one two-year term, Ingham returned to the family farm, where he sat as justice of the peace for Bucks County from 1808 to 1812 and from 1813 to 1818 served as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives.

In 1818, Ingham moved back to Pennsylvania where he became the chief clerk for the courts of Bucks County. A year later, he left that post to become the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served in this capacity for one year before returning to Congress as a representative from 1822 to 1829.

In 1829, President Andrew Jackson tapped Ingham to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, a position Ingham held from 1829 to 1831, when he resigned amidst controversy surrounding the "Eaton Affair." He then returned to Pennsylvania, where he pursued various business interests, including his paper mill and the development of anthracite coal fields. Samuel D. Ingham died in 1860 and is buried in the Solebury Presbyterian Churchyard in Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

This partially printed Treasury Department document is dated December 30, 1830. It concerns goods imported from Hamburg to New York and is addressed to the Collector of the Customs of that port. The document is signed by Ingham as Secretary of the Treasury. 250.00


FRANK JAMES (1844-1915)
FRANK JAMES (1844-1915) 
One of the most famous and American outlaws, partner-in-crime with his brother Jesse James

One of the most famous and American outlaws, partner-in-crime with his brother Jesse James. Both Jesse and Frank served as Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War, and continued their activities in the post-war period in the infamous and successful "James Gang," until the death of Jesse in 1882. Autographed letter written horizontally over a penciled letter of his brother-in-law Sam Ralston, dated September 19, 1883 from Sonora, Mexico. Sentimental and charming letter to James' wife, telling her that "I miss you very much and love you more then all the world." He asks her not to forget him, and to "tell my little man he must not forget his papa." Signed "your affect. Hubby, Ben." Also includes the envelope address panel, to "Mrs. A. F. James, Independence, Mo." In James' hand. Apparently hand-delivered with a notation of "Kindness, Mr. Ki Holland."

A fantastic piece of Western lore from one of the most famous of American outlaws. The content of Sam Ralston's letter is equally fascinating, recounting an armed standoff with a town sheriff named Burns. "..Burns pulled out a pistol and said he was armed and not afraid of anyone I said so am I and stepped back and fired my pistol over their heads they looked at me and walkd off." He also mentions the "glad tidings of the acquittal," which is almost certainly a reference to James' trial, which closed a few weeks earlier, for murder and robbery in the case of the Rock Island Line train robbery in which a passenger and conductor were killed. In front of a sympathetic Missouri jury, who saw the James' boys as local Robin Hoods, and with strong supporting testimony from General Joseph O. Shelby, who portrayed Frank as a Southern patriot for his war service, he was acquitted of all charges. He must have been very pleased indeed as the trial had resulted from him turning himself in after his brother was gunned down, figuring it was only a matter of time before he was killed in a similar fashion.

Housed in a beautiful custom-made leather slipcase with marbled boards, incorporating a space for the letter, envelope, and a picture of Frank James. Rare and unique. $4500.00


TOBIAS LEAR (1762-1816)
TOBIAS LEAR (1762-1816) 
PERSONAL SECRETARY TO PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

Best known as the personal secretary to President George Washington serving under the President from 1784 until Washington's death in 1799. It is through Lear's personal journal that we receive the account of Washington's final moments before death and his last words: "'Tis well."
Prior to working for Washington, Lear served as President Thomas Jefferson's envoy to Saint-Domingue and as peace envoy in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars. Lear was responsible for negotiating a peace that would end the first Barbary War. Instead of joining the Continental Army, Lear attended Harvard College during the Revolutionary War later graduating in 1783. His career began as a teacher until he was recommended for the combined job of tutoring Martha Washington's grandchildren and acting as George Washington's personal secretary. Residing in Washington's house, Lear's status quickly elevated beyond secretary to Washington's right hand man. Lear's friendship with Washington continued during Washington's presidency as the two would often dine alone together. In 1799, Washington unexpectedly died while Lear was visiting him in Mount Vernon. It is Lear's famous diary entry that describes Washington's final hours and details the President's last words, "Tis well."

Lear would commit suicide by pistol on October 11, 1816. The reasons for his suicide are unknown.

This manuscript letter, dated September 18, 1816, was written less than one month prior to Lear's suicide. Addressed to Colonel Jessup at New Orleans, the letter was written by Lear in his role as accountant for the War Department. It concerns the payment of troops and mentions General Andrew Jackson, whose famous victory at the Battle of New Orleans the previous year was the high point of the War of 1812. It is signed "Tobias Lear." $1200.00


LIBERIA NJ COLONIZATION SOCIETY (STILL NEEDS 2 MORE PHOTOS) 

Superb letter written by a New Jersey African-American man, being a 5-page (legal size) hand-written report to the president and Board of Managers of the New Jersey Colonization Society recounting his trip to Liberia. The Colonization Societies were anti-slavery groups dedicated to repatriating former slaves to Africa, after establishing an African republic (Liberia) modeled on the US. The letter is datelined February 5, 1866, from the Liberian capital city of Monrovia, named for President James Monroe, who was president when Liberia was founded. The author of the letter is H(enry) W. Johnson, a long-time abolitionist who had earlier been a critic of colonization. The prospects in post-Civil War America seem to have been disappointing to him.

Spectacular, detailed content about the promise of the Liberian experiment. The report is full of elegantly written descriptions and details, including an account of the crossing, the beauty of the location, the pleasant climate, and enthusiasm for the project's progress. "All that has transpired since I left America, and all I have witnessed since my arrival here, have only confirmed me in my belief, - that Africa is the best home for the oppressed Black men in America!" The author felt an exhilarating freedom in Liberia that he felt denied in America "for no other reason than I wear the dark skin given me by my Creator!" He offers his opinion that American free Blacks were wrong to stay and "hug their chains" and "kiss the rod that smites them" rather than beginning anew in Liberia.

Fantastic content from an African American eyewitness to the early days of the Liberian experiment in colonization. An absolutely unique and rare document. An interesting postscript explains that the author and his family have contracted "the fever" and thus apologizes for having to continue the report in more detail at a later time. $5900.00

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THOMAS MIFFLIN (1744-1800)
THOMAS MIFFLIN (1744-1800) 
Major-General during the War of the Revolution, Quartermaster-General of the Continental Army until 1778

Major-General during the War of the Revolution, Quartermaster-General of the Continental Army until 1778. An early and ardent supporter of the Revolution, he was Washington's first aide-de-camp. Governor of Pennsylvania 1790-1799. Large (too large to completely fit on our scanner bed) parchment Pennsylvania land document dated December 10, 1794, giving control of 1,100 acres in Northumberland County to William Bingham. Signed by Mifflin as Governor. $550.00


STEPHEN MIX MITCHELL (1743-1835)
STEPHEN MIX MITCHELL (1743-1835) 
Jurist, Continental Congressman and US Senator from Connecticut

Jurist, Continental Congressman and US Senator from Connecticut. 1792 manuscript document written and signed by Mitchell authorizing payment to the town of Guilford for the support of "Philip Riley a transient person." An interesting early example of social welfare, with the state of Connecticut paying for the support of a homeless citizen. $280.00


THOMAS PAINE (1737-1808)
THOMAS PAINE (1737-1808) 
American Revolutionary, pamphleteer, author and agitator

American Revolutionary, pamphleteer, author and agitator. Author of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. He was a driving force between both the American and French Revolutions. Splendid third-person note written entirely bay Paine in his own hand, with an autograph address panel. Signed "Mr. Paine of America" at the commencement, the note is a polite request for an "interview" with renowned Irish playwright RICHARD B. SHERIDAN (1751-1816), author School for Scandal among others. Sheridan served as member of Parliament for Stafford from 1780-1812. Sheridan was an influential Whig, and a friend of the American colonists at the time of the American Revolution. It was this sympathy that likely prompted Paine's visit. The only date is "Monday," but the note was probably written between 1787-1789 when Paine was living in England. Interesting and very rare. In a famous letter to General Nathaniel Greene, Paine once wrote "Thank God nobody can publish my letters after I am dead for I write none and in the present uncertainty of conveyance I feel determined to write none. Thus much by way of apology for not writing sooner." Our experience matches Paine's admission that his letters are very, very few and far between, and not many remain in private hands. $15,000


EDMOND RANDOLPH (1753-1814)
EDMOND RANDOLPH (1753-1814) 
American statesman and lawyer, was an exceedingly influential public figure from 1780 to 1800

Edmund Randolph graduated from the College of William and Mary, and influenced by his uncle Peyton who was a firm patriot, broke with his father. In August 1775 he joined George Washington's army. When Peyton Randolph (president of the first Continental Congress) died a few months later, Edmund returned to Virginia. He served in the Virginia Convention of 1776, was mayor of Williamsburg, and was attorney general of Virginia before his twenty-fifth birthday. His marriage in 1776 to Elizabeth Nicholas, daughter of Robert Nicholas, consolidated his position in Virginia's public life.

In 1781 Randolph began serving as a delegate to the Continental Congress. He worked with James Madison to strengthen the union of the states. At the same time Randolph became one of Virginia's leading attorneys, distinguished for his learning and oratory. He was elected governor of Virginia in 1786.

Randolph's national service resumed in 1786 at the Annapolis Convention, and in 1787 he became a Virginia delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention. Though not as thorough a nationalist as Washington or Madison, he presented his famous Virginia Plan which was the root of much debate at the Convention. The issue was over representation in Congress. Should the number of representatives correspond to the population of the state or should each state be represented equally. Randolph participated heavily in the debate for the former until it was settled by the Connecticut Compromise. This proposed a bicameral Legislature, thus using both systems. This compromise was written as law.

He impressed the Convention with his "most harmonious voice, fine person, and striking manners," as well as with his keen sense of the dangers of tyranny. But his reservations about "energetic government," a concern for the special interests of Virginia, and a kind of indecisiveness caused him to refuse to sign the Constitution. Responding to Madison's tactful persuasion, though, he finally came out for the Constitution and played a key role at Virginia's ratifying convention.

Appointed attorney general of the United States in 1789, Randolph soon became President Washington's mediator in the bitter quarrels between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. As secretary of state in 1794, he sought to maintain friendly relations with both England and France. He approved Jay's Treaty with England as well as the contradictory mission of James Monroe to conciliate republican France. Though he earned Washington's respect and gratitude, Jefferson declared him "a perfect chameleon," while Timothy Pickering aroused Washington's anger by alleging Randolph's subservience to France. Humiliated, Randolph resigned and wrote a Vindication of his conduct.

This museum quality frame, measuring 28.5 x 20" houses two smaller frames. On the left, a portrait of Edmund Randolph. On the right, a land grant document, issued to an individual with the last name of White, for a parcel of land granted by Edmund Randolph as Governor of Virginia. Dated November 6, 1787, the document describes the location of the parcel as 700 acres that begin "on a Rockey Ridge at a white oak." The document includes the paper seal of the state of Virginia on the lower left and the light, but legible signature, "Edm. Randolph" adjacent to the seal. $475.00


EDMUND RANDOLPH (1753-1814)
EDMUND RANDOLPH (1753-1814) 
Aide-de-campe to General George Washington during the Revolution

Aide-de-campe to General George Washington during the Revolution, Member of the Continental Congress, Delegate to the Constitutional Convention. First US Attorney General, later Secretary of State. Two-page handwritten letter signed by Randolph concerning a Congressional "Act for the Relief of Certain inhabitants of St. Domingo," dated February 27, 1794. $650.00


HENRY RUTGERS (1745-1830)
HENRY RUTGERS (1745-1830) 
Patriot activist, Soldier of the Revolution, Merchant

Patriot activist, Soldier of the Revolution, Merchant. As a philanthropist, he helped revive Queen's College, New Jersey, which was renamed in his honor 1825. This museum quality frame measures 15.5" x 24" and holds two smaller frames. The top is a handwritten receipt for a load of stone, dated June 22, 1807, from New York. Document is handwritten and signed by "Henry Rutgers." The lower frame features a print of Rutgers University. $450.00


ADLAI E. STEVENSON (1900-1965)
ADLAI E. STEVENSON (1900-1965) 
American politicIan

American politican, noted for his intellectual demeanor, elegant speech and promotion of liberal causes for the Democratic Party. He was the 31st Governor of Illinois and received the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956. He was defeated both times by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. He sought the Democratic Presidential nomiination for a third time in 1960 but was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy. Kennedy would appoint Stevenson as the Ambassador to the United Nations.

Measuring 19.5" x 14", this museum quality framed image of Stevenson shows him behind a bank of microphones. The image is captioned at the bottom saying "Gesturing ruefully after defeat, Adlai Stevenson says, "I have not communicated successfully." The photo is autographed beneath the microphones and signed, "Adlai E. Stevenson."


ADLAI E. STEVENSON (1900-1965)
ADLAI E. STEVENSON (1900-1965) 
Governor of Illinois, twice a Democratic nominee for U.S. President (1952 and 1956)

Governor of Illinois, twice a Democratic nominee for U.S. President (1952 and 1956) and one of the leading political figures of the mid-Twentieth Century. This typewritten letter, dated January 16, 1956, is on the personal stationary of Adlai E. Stevenson which includes his address of 231 So. La Salle Street, Chicago. It is intended for a Mrs. Wm. Peter Veuve of Menlo Park, California. Stevenson is obviously a friend of Mrs. Veuve's as he addresses her in the letter by her first name, Styleta. Stevenson thanks her for a previous letter which was received the previous November but "somehow went astray here in the office." It is signed, "Adlai E. Stevenson." $100.00


GEORGE SUTHERLAND (1862-1942)
GEORGE SUTHERLAND (1862-1942) 
English-born Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court 1922-1938

English-born Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court 1922-1938, US Representative and Senator from Utah. Postal card signed "Geo. Sutherland, Dec. 10, 1934." $70.00


CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824)
CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824) 
Philadelphia teacher and merchant, he served as Secretary of the Continental Congress 1774-1789

Philadelphia teacher and merchant, he served as Secretary of the Continental Congress 1774-1789. Signatory, along with John Hancock, of the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence by Dunlap on July 4, 1776. A friend of Benjamin Franklin, he was widely respected for his intellect, abilities and zeal. Letter written and signed by Thomson, dated October 26, 1784, at Philadelphia, and addressed to US Minister to France THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826), 3rd US President and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomson has written a letter of introduction for Joseph Norris, a future president of the Bank of Pennsylvania. He solicits Jefferson's aid on Norris' behalf, and also implores Jefferson to help guard him from the "vice and folly" of Paris. Jefferson has docketed the letter in his own hand "C. Thomson." A rare and interesting letter from within the Revolutionary inner circle. 


WILLIAM THORNTON (1759-1826)
WILLIAM THORNTON (1759-1826) 
Architect, inventor. Designed the US Capitol and the Library Company of Philadelphia building

Architect, inventor. Designed the US Capitol and the Library Company of Philadelphia building. Served from 1802 until his death as Superintendent of the United States Patent Office. Manuscript document dated June 12, 1824, concerning the sale of a parcel of land in Washington DC, Signed on both the front and back by Thornton as Justice of the Peace. $385.00


GEORGE FRANCIS TRAIN (1829-1904)
GEORGE FRANCIS TRAIN (1829-1904) 
Merchant, entrepreneur, traveler, author, eccentric

Merchant, entrepreneur, traveler, author, eccentric. Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days was said to have been patterned on one of Train's adventures. Brief poem, written and signed by Train and dated "Xmas '99." "Ah well! The World is discreet/ There are many who pause and wait/ But here is a man who plants his feet/ Sometimes in advance of fate! Geo. Francis Train, Madison Square." $150.00


JOHN WANAMAKER (1838-1922)
JOHN WANAMAKER (1838-1922) 
United States merchant, religious leader, civic and political leader

United States merchant, religious leader, civic and political leader and considered by many as the father of modern advertising and a "pioneer in marketing." Typewritten and signed letter on the "Private Office" stationary of John Wanamaker and dated March 24, 1916. Addressed to Mr. H. E. Paisley of Philadelphia, PA, Wanamaker discusses his feelings regarding the direction of the Brotherhood of Andrew and Philip, a Protestant men's service and prayer organization. He continues by saying that he has chosen to end his association with the organization and "go quietly on in my own way and not disturb the Andrew and Philip procession from going on with the great role that they had chosen for themselves." Signed with his trademark autograph, "John Wanamaker." $90.00


MESHECH WEARE (1713-1786)
MESHECH WEARE (1713-1786) 
American Revolutionary Statesman, First President of the State of New Hampshire

American Revolutionary Statesman, First President of the State of New Hampshire, as well as Chief Justice of the state Superior Court. Large, partially printed document appointing Nathaniel Emerson a colonel in the state militia, dated Christmas Day, December 25, 1784. Even brown age toning, and boldly signed "M Weare." $2500.00


DANIEL WEBSTER (1782-1852)
DANIEL WEBSTER (1782-1852) 
Statesman

Statesman, considered by many of his contemporaries to be the greatest Lawyer of the period. A renowned orator, Webster, along with Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, was one of the "Great Triumvirate" that dominated Congressional politics in the mid-nineteenth century. Postal cover addressed in Webster's hand to J. M. Howard, Esq. of Detroit with a Washington DC postmark for January 14, 1805. Set with an intact red wax seal bearing the initials "D. W." and Webster's free frank signature "Dan.l. Webster." All writing is light but legible. $245.00


1MARINUS WILLET (1740-1830
1MARINUS WILLET (1740-1830 
Patriot activist, a leader of the New York City Sons of Liberty, later appointed Mayor

Patriot activist, a leader of the New York City Sons of Liberty, later appointed Mayor. Continental Army Colonel, commanded US forces in the Mohawk Valley 1780-1783. After the war, he was a prominent Anti-Federalist and opponent of the ratification of the US Constitution. Partially printed order dated August 17, 1784, for the "Sherif of the City of New-York" to take Joseph Rose into custody. Signed on the reverse by Willett, as Sheriff. $135.00


Msgr. NICHOLAS WEGNER (1898-1976)
Msgr. NICHOLAS WEGNER (1898-1976) 

Monsignor Nicholas H. Wegner (1898-1976) was an outstanding baseball player in his youth and received several offers from Major League baseball teams. He turned down the offers to pursue his calling to become a priest, pitching for small farm teams to earn his way through seminary. After studying in Rome, he was ordained on March 7, 1925. Returning to Omaha, he would become the Chancellor to the Omaha Diocese.
Monsignor Wegner was appointed the Executive Director of Boys Town on September 15, 1948. He retired on September 15, 1973.

Started by Father Edward J. Flanagan 1917, Boys Town began in a boarding house that welcomed all boys regardless of their race or religion. By the spring of 1917, 100 boys were living in the home. In 1921, Father Flanagan purchased Overlook Farm on the outskirts of Omaha and move the home there. Eventually becoming known as the Village of Boys Town, the community became an official village in the state of Nebraska. The boys that lived there elected their own government which included a mayor, council and commissioners.

This typewritten, signed document is dated February 4, 1958 and is on the official stationary of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. Addressed to Miss Elaine Kwiat of New Castle, Pennsylvania, the letter thanks Miss Kwiat for her "generous contribution of $1.00" as well as her thoughts on Msgr. Wegner's recent appearance on television's game show, "To Tell The Truth." Msgr. Wegner remarks that at 14 years of age, Kwiat appears to be "quite a little young lady" and tells her that "God will reward you very generously for your willingness to share some of your blessings with these homeless children." He mentions the young girl's church as well as her school, Ben Franklin Junior High School. The letterhead is in full color and includes a vivid illustration of Boys' Town and it's inhabitants walking towards its buildings. The letter is signed "Nicholas H. Wegner." $175.00


OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. (1760-1833)
OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. (1760-1833) 
Son of Declaration of Independence Signer Oliver Wolcott, friend and ally of Alexander Hamilton

Son of Declaration of Independence Signer Oliver Wolcott, friend and ally of Alexander Hamilton, who Wolcott succeeded as US Secretary of the Treasury under President Washington 1795-1800. Governor of Connecticut 1817-1827. Letter dated September 15, 1800, and addressed to Robert Goodloe Harper (1765-1825), a veteran of the Revolution, serving under General Nathanael Greene at the age of fifteen, and a Major-General during the War of 1812. At the time of Wolcott's writing, Harper was serving as a Federalist US Congressman for South Carolina. The letter concerns the ship "Snow Ranger" and her liability to American customs duties. Signed by Wolcott as Secretary of the Treasury. $295.00


THOMAS WHARTON (1735-1778)
THOMAS WHARTON (1735-1778) 
Patriot activist, early member of the Philadelphia Committee of Correspondence

Patriot activist, early member of the Philadelphia Committee of Correspondence. President of the Council of Safety 1776, and President of Pennsylvania 1777-1778. Pay order for 12 pounds made out to John Smith for ten days expenses and services, for himself and his horse. Revolutionary War-dated July 9, 1777, and signed by Wharton as President of Pennsylvania, the equivalent of Governor at the time. $550.00


THE COLONIAL TEA PARTIES 

The London Chronicle Thursday March 3, 1774. Page 2 has several reports headed "America" that includes a note that "A gentleman that left Boston the 20th inst. informs us, that the day before his departure several casks of tea were burnt..." Eight pages of various news of the day including ads. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4, partial red ink tax stamp on page 2. Few minor margin tears, very nice condition. $150.00


GENERAL WASHINGTON'S AIDE WRITES 

The London Chronicle Thursday September 21, 1775. Page 2 includes election results from the Boston Gazette followed by "... three letters from General Washington's Aid de Camp & Secretary to their friend in Philadelphia." A full page of American Revolution News is followed by 1 1/2 pages describing Philadelphia as noted by one Rev. Mr. Burnaby who visited in 1759 and 60. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


IN DEFENSE OF MR. WASHINGTON 

The London Chronicle Tuesday October 24, 1775. Following an account of the righteous indignation expressed by a loyalist against those "... of such dissatisfied tempers, and such lawless betrayers of their country..." are reports of fighting in Canada and war time intrigue involving letters from one Mr. Sayre seized by the Secretary's Office from a ship bound for America. Further on is an unsigned mini biography of George Washington from one of his admirers. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


THE MORE THINGS CHANGE 

The London Chronicle Thursday November 23, 1775. Front page news includes a report of fifteen of the King's soldiers confiscating a printing press in Norfolk, in Virginia. Despite a crowd numbered in the hundreds the soldiers proceeded "...without meeting with the least molestation...". Lottery results precedes a full page letter signed by A Frankelein calling for a "...speedy, absolute, and eternal separation of the whole continent of America from Great Britain." Also included in this issue is a report that Col. Arnold provided advice to General Washington regarding the Canadian front. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


NOTICE OF GEN. WASHINGTON'S SUCCESS 

The London Chronicle Saturday November 25, 1775. Amongst the reports of General Washington's troops success in a night action against General Burgoyne's troops and South Carolina militia activity is a gem headlined "BON MOT of Mrs. Thrale." Upon being asked by a Frenchman when she thought the Americans would be conquered, Mrs. Thrale replied, in part, "When America belonged to the French, the English found no difficulty in subduing it; but now that it is defended by our Countrymen, the task of conquering is not so easy." Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION 

The London Chronicle Saturday December 7, 1776. Between the notice about the creation of the American Articles of Confederation and An Ordinance of the State of Pennsylvania declaring what shall be considered the crime and punishment of Treason against the State signed in type by B. Franklin, you can read of the mandatory instructions sent to the Howes preventing any concessions to the Americans until they lay down their arms. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


LONDON BRIDGE IN DANGER 

The London Chronicle Tuesday July 18, 1780. Tumult in London accompanied by an account alleging George Washington's threat to resign unless accommodations are made to Great Britain to end this folly of war. Hard times indeed for the British ruling class. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. Very nice, clean condition. $150.00


SAMUEL AUGUSTUS FOOTE (1780-1846)
SAMUEL AUGUSTUS FOOTE (1780-1846) 
Known for Famous "Foot Resolution" was Governor of Connecticut, US Congressman

Governor of Connecticut, US Congressman. His "Foot Resolution" in Congress in 1829 sparked Daniel Webster to remark "Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever," as the resolution was debated, igniting the famous Hayne-Webster Debate on the nature of the Federal Union. Three-page manuscript letter in Foote's hand to an unknown correspondent from Connecticut. Fantastic and important content concerning ongoing issues of Federal land policy, a very hot topic as Western expansion and settlement was beginning to boom. He makes particular mention of the reverberations of the recently passed Missouri Compromise. "The Missouri Question seems now to engross public attention, & will probably soon engage the attention of Congress & I fear not only engross the attention, but consume too much of this short session." A rare find, offering an insider's glimpse into the political turmoil in the Congress as lines began to be drawn between slave and free states, along the road to civil war. $550.00


NATHANIEL FOLSOM (1726-1790)
NATHANIEL FOLSOM (1726-1790) 
American Revolutionary, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire

American Revolutionary, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire. Brigadier General of New Hampshire Militia at the beginning of the Revolution, he served at the Siege of Boston and planned the march on Ticonderoga. Partially printed sheriff's warrant to take into custody one Richard Smith, of Folsom's home town of Exeter, in an affair over debt default. Dated January 2, 1787, and signed "Nath. Folsom" as Justice of the Peace. $350.00


HAMILTON FISH (1808-1893)
HAMILTON FISH (1808-1893) 
American statesman, US Senator, 16th Governor of New York, 26th US Secretary of State

American statesman, US Senator, 16th Governor of New York, 26th US Secretary of State, serving for most of President Grant's administration. He was Grant's longest-serving cabinet officer, and in a role that was considered at the time to be second in importance only to the president. Manuscript letter on State Department stationery, written entirely in Fish's hand, date April 18, 1873. Fish is acknowledging a letter he had received from William H. Nunn of New York, containing admiration and praise for President Grant. Fish mentions having read the letter to Grant, and passes along the president's appreciation of the kind words regarding "his character & his career." Signed "Hamilton Fish." $140.00


RICHARD HARRISON (1750-1841) (FEDERALISTS)
RICHARD HARRISON (1750-1841) (FEDERALISTS) 
Federalist, US Consul to Cadiz, first Auditor of the US Treasury

Federalist, US Consul to Cadiz, first Auditor of the US Treasury (appointed by George Washington). Letter written and signed by Harrison, dated June 3, 1803, to New York lawyer and jurist PETER van SCHAACK (1747-1832). Terrific political content concerning the famous libel case of HARRY CROSWELL (1778-1858), Federalist editor of the aptly-named New York Wasp, who had attacked President Thomas Jefferson in print. As a result, he was being sued for libel under New York law by Jefferson's Democratic Republicans.

In an interesting stroke of poetic irony, Croswell was helped in his defense by Arch-Federalist Alexander Hamilton, who is mentioned in this letter. When the Federalists where in power, Hamilton had supported the enactment of the Sedition Act, which essentially made criticism of the government illegal. Now that a Federalist editor was under a similar attack, he changed his tune and became an ardent defender of free speech. Jefferson himself had normally been a supporter of free speech, but selectively prosecuted his Federalist critics once in power.
In the letter, Harrison suggests various strategies for Croswell to employ, including arguing that state courts did not have jurisdiction over a libel case involving the US President, as well as suggesting that the defense should provide evidence to support the claims for which he was being tried. This would put the judge and plaintiff in a catch-22 situation, in that to refuse to accept such evidence "will establish that the Truth of the charge is no protection to the printer; & how the staunch opponents of the Gag-Law can avow that doctrine, I must own that I am at a loss to discover." The "Gag Law" was a popular term for the Sedition Act opposed so vigorously by Jefferson's party. Fantastic and very rare political content from the innermost circle of the Federalist Party as they do battle with the ascendant Jeffersonion Republicans. Full transcript provided. $1595.00


CHAUNCEY DEPEW (1834-1928)
CHAUNCEY DEPEW (1834-1928) 
Signed typewritten letter

Hired as an attorney for the New York Central Railroad, he ultimately became president of the company and would later hold the position of Senator from New York. Typewritten letter, dated December 14, 1915, on the personal letterhead of Chauncey M. Depew discussing his memories of a former classmate named James Otis Denniston. Signed "Chauncey M. Depew. $140.00


CONTINENTAL CURRENCY (1776)
CONTINENTAL CURRENCY (1776) 
Original two dollar note from the November 2, 1776 issue

Original two dollar note from the November 2, 1776 issue, just a few short months after Independence was declared. Archivally framed with a window on the reverse of the note, and with a copy of Archibald Willard's "Spirit of '76" painting, done in 1876 and originally titled "Yankee Doodle." A lovely item from the year of American Independence, ready to hang. $395.00


Original Confederate $100.00 bill
Original Confederate $100.00 bill 

Original Confederate $100.00 bill printed by Keatinge & Ball of South Carolina. Beautifully engraved $100.00 Confederate States bill printed in red and black on very fine paper. Decorated with engraved images of John C. Calhoun, and a vignette of slaves hoeing cotton. Hand-numbered in red ink 65298, and hand-dated November 21, 1862. A fine and attractive CS item. $120.00


JAMES GILLESPIE BLAINE (1830-1893)
JAMES GILLESPIE BLAINE (1830-1893) 
US Congressman and Senator from Maine, a founder of the Republican Party

US Congressman and Senator from Maine, a founder of the Republican Party, Secretary of State under James Garfield and Benjamin Harrison. Despite his fame as an orator, he was defeated by Grover Cleveland for the presidency in 1884. Signature on card, "J. G. Blaine, MC." $95.00


HUGO BLACK (1886-1971)
HUGO BLACK (1886-1971) 
Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court 1937-1971

Typed note on Black's Supreme Court stationery, dated January 25, 1945, sending thanks for an interesting letter. Signed "Hugo Black." $135.00


WILLIAM BIRCH ENGRAVING
WILLIAM BIRCH ENGRAVING 
Plate No. 8 in the "Views of Philadelphia" Series (1799)

William Birch engraved a series of 29 plates entitled, "Views of Philadelphia." Dating back to 1799, these plates are of great historical significance in that they provide a visual record of Philadelphia's buildings, streets and inhabitants during a period when the city, not only the nation's capital, was the most important and cosmopolitan city in the Western Hemisphere.

Some of the Philadelphia buildings featured in Birch's series of engravings are the State House, Chestnut Street Theatre, Pennsylvania Hospital, Bank of the United States (later known as Girard's Bank) as well as views of Arch, Market, Chestnut and Second Streets.

While many individuals were involved in the production of this series of engravings, including Birch's son Thomas, the actual prints were the work of Birch himself. He conceived and planned the project, drew many of the scenes and did most of the engraving and printing.The full set of engravings were published in a book titled, The City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, North America; as It Appeared in the Year 1800.

This museum quality frame measures 16.5" x 18.5" and displays Birch's engraving titled, "South East Corner of Third and Market Streets," plate number 8 in the series. The building at the corner was called "Cooke's Folly," built around 1792 by Joseph Cooke, goldsmith and jeweler. In the engraving, street vendors are seen selling meat, produce and other goods. The landmark Indian King tavern appears on the far left. $575.00


NICHOLAS BIDDLE (1786-1844)
NICHOLAS BIDDLE (1786-1844) 
Scholar, Financier

Scholar, Financier, President of the Second Bank of the United States. Biddle and his bank were the target of Andrew Jackson's "Bank War," a political struggle that Jackson won and that cost the bank its charter. Beautifully engraved order of the Bank of the United States for 50 pounds sterling, dated June 21, 1838, and made out to F.W. Porter. Signed by Biddle as bank president. $350.00


CLEMENT BIDDLE (1740-1814)
CLEMENT BIDDLE (1740-1814) 
Patriot Activist, Quaker

Patriot activist, Quaker, warm personal friend of George Washington. As an officer in the Continental Army, he served at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Germantown, Brandywine, and Monmouth. Later appointed US Marshal of Pennsylvania by Washington. 3-page legal-size manuscript document concerning a dispute over payment of a bill. Signed "Clement Biddle," in his capacity as a notary public, and set with a beautiful impression of Biddle's wax and paper notary public seal. $465.00


1876 Centennial Exhibition Ticket
1876 Centennial Exhibition Ticket 
1876 Centennial Ticket

 Beautiful engraved admission ticket for the great International Exhibition held in Philadelphia to celebrate
the centennial of the United States in 1876. Individually serial numbered and in fine condition. A scarce and interesting souvenir of the
centennial. $55.00


JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826)
JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) 
Latin, Greek and English on document

2nd US President, Member of the Continental Congress for Massachusetts, early and vocal advocate for the Declaration of Independence. Adams was instrumental in negotiating the treaty ending the War of the Revolution. Adams has written 12 lines in Greek, undated, concerning the Ionian Confederacy, transcribed from Herodotus's history of the Persian Wars, Book 1, Chapter 141. The text concerns the conquest of Lydia by the Persians, when the Ionians and Aeolians belatedly offered their allegiance to the conqueror Cyrus. An annoyed Cyrus in turn relates a fable, the moral of which hints at the dangers inherent in waiting too long to submit to Persian rule. The only portion of the document written in English is the heading "The Ionian Confederacy. Herodutus. Lib. 1. c. 141." Like most of the founding fathers, John Adams was the product of a classical education, spanning Latin school in his teens through classical studies at Harvard in early adulthood. Being able to read the Greek and Latin classics in the original, and to pepper letters and conversation with appropriate quotations from the same, were the marks of a cultivated mind in the eighteenth-century. Also included is a smaller four-word Greek quotation written by Adams, and set with a beautiful impression of his "JA" seal in red wax above. Examples of presidential autograph material in any language except English are exceedingly rare. A fine and attractive pair of documents, offering insight into the intellectual world of one of the most significant of the founding fathers. A translation is provided.


$6900.00
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848)
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) 
Hand Written Note

6th US President, Diplomat, son of 2nd US President John Adams. A particularly effective Secretary of State under James Monroe, he was largely responsible for drafting the Monroe Doctrine. Note written by Adams, being a jury verdict in a civil case in which Adams was attorney for the plaintiff. Apparently Adams won his case, since this verdict is signed by the jury foreman. A scarce artifact, as Adams spent most of his life in public service and relatively little time practicing law. Not signed.


$395.00
JOSEPH ANDERSON (1757-1837)
JOSEPH ANDERSON (1757-1837) 
Treasury Department Letter

Brevet Major in the Revolutionary War, he served with Sullivan against the Iroquois and at the Siege of Yorktown. US Senator from Tennessee, President Pro Tempore of the Senate upon the resignation of Aaron Burr. US Comptroller of the Treasury 1815-1836. Treasury Department official letter dated August 11, 1828, signed by Anderson. Also includes integral address leaf with his franking signature, making two signatures on the one document. $295


Charles Schwab Bethlehem Steel Archive
Charles Schwab Bethlehem Steel Archive 

The Bethlehem Steel Corporation, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once the second largest steel producer in the United States after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel. During the mid 1800s, the United States Navy decided it needed to rebuild its fleet in order to restore its worldwide naval prominence. Bethlehem Steel provided the necessary steel and quickly became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world and one of the most powerful symbols of American industrial manufacturing leadership. From the Spanish-American War through World War II, Bethlehem Steel was the single most important source of military products for our armed forces. During World War I and World War II, Bethlehem Steel's 15 Shipyards produced over 1,100 ships, more than any other ship builder at the time.

Taking the name Bethlehem Steel Company in 1899, the company reorganized as the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1904 under Charles M. Schwab, a protégé of Andrew Carnegie. Getting his start in Carnegie's steelworks factory in Braddock, PA as a laborer, Schwab quickly rose in the Carnegie empire. In 1892, Schwab was chosen by Carnegie to normalize his steel plant in Homestead, PA after a crushing strike. His success in improving labor relations while increasing production led to his appointment as president of the Carnegie Steel Company in 1897 at the age of 35. Schwab proposed the merger of the competing steel companies that would create U.S. Steel. After 2 years, he resigned in 1903 to become the first president and chairman of the board of directors of Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

Under Schwab's leadership, Bethlehem Steel Corporation became a manufacturing giant possessing steel mills, coal mines, and shipyards throughout the country and even the world. Bethlehem Steel introduced the famous Grey Mill or H-section steel structural members, which became the framework for many of the nation's most significant skyscrapers and long-span bridges including: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, Hoover Dam and Alcatraz.

This Bethlehem Steel collection of documents includes 18 authorized signature cards (varying dates from 1905 and 1908) for accounts held with the Morton Trust Company. Signatures on cards includes president, CHARLES M. SCHWAB, first vice-president, ARCHIBALD JOHNSTON, second vice-president HENRY S. SNYDER, treasurer and secretary BARRY JONES, assistant treasurer and secretary, JAMES KERNAN.

Additional documents include:

The Plan and Agreement of Reorganization report for the United States Shipbuilding Company which became part of the Bethlehem Steel Company.

Two New York Stock Exchange certificates, dated June 27, 1906, issued from the Secretary's Office to the Morton Trust Company announcing the listing of shares of preferred stock of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and signed GEORGE W. ELY.

Accompanying letters included:

December 23, 1903 - Announcing the newly elected board of directors and signed by president, EDWARD M. McILVAIN, vice-president, ADOLPHE E. BORIE, treasurer, HENRY S. SNYDER, assistant treasurer, JAMES KERNAN and secretary, HENRY S. SNYDER. The Bethlehem Steel corporate seal has been affixed.

October 29, 1908 - Announcing the election of Charles M. Schwab as president of Bethlehem Steel, Archibald Johnston as first vice president, Henry S. Snyder as second vice president, Barry H. Jones continuing as secretary and treasurer, James Kernan as assistant secretary and treasurer and signed by BARRY H JONES

September 18, 1911 - Announcing the election of Eugene G. Grace as a vice president and signed by BARRY H. JONES.

September 29, 1911 - Announcing the election of James Kernan as assistant secretary and assistant treasurer, Eugene G. Grace as general manager and a vice president, Archibald Johnston as a vice president and Henry S. Snyder as a vice president and signed by BARRY H. JONES, secretary of Bethlehem Steel. The Bethlehem Steel corporate seal has been affixed to the document. $1350.00


JOHN J. AUDUBON (1780-1851)
JOHN J. AUDUBON (1780-1851) 
Hand Written Payment Authorization

American naturalist and ornithologist, best known for the publication of "The Birds of America," which depicted over 300 species of birds individually stone lithographed and hand-colored. A hand-written copy of a bill concerning Audubon's engraver in London. Several lines in one section are written in Audubon's hand, authorizing payments. Elegantly signed "John J. Audubon." An attractive, fine and very rare document.


$5200.00
LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873)
LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873) 

Swiss-born scientist, respected for his work in natural history. Member of the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and virtually every other European and American scientific organization. Manuscript document requesting the release from a warehouse of a quantity of alcohol "for the sole and exclusive purpose of preserving specimens of natural history." Addressed to the US Secretary of the Treasury, dated April 5, 1873, and signed by Agassiz as Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.


$135.00
WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE (1774-1883)
WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE (1774-1883) 

US Navy Officer, one of the first heroes of the American naval tradition. He saw active service in the Quasi-War with France and the wars with the Barbary States. Succeeded Isaac Hull in command of the famed US Frigate Constitution, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812. Splendid 4-page manuscript letter dated October 26, 1822, addressed to JAMES BIDDLE (1783-1848), a veteran naval officer and hero of the War of 1812. In 1822, Biddle was captain of the US Frigate "Congress."

The letter, comprising over 700 words, contains sensitive and detailed advice for Biddle on his strained relations with two brother officers, and mentions many of the best-known US Navy officers and vessels. A rare and intriguing glimpse inside the early American Navy. Written in Bainbridge's hand and signed "Wm. Bainbridge." A complete transcription of the letter is included.


$1250.00
NATHANIEL P. BANKS (1816-1894)
NATHANIEL P. BANKS (1816-1894) 

US Congressman and Governor of Massachusetts, Union Major-General during the Civil War. Captured Port Hudson in 1863, earning the thanks of Congress. Signed card, "Nath'l P. Banks, Waltham, 22 August '88, Mass." 


$85.00 :: SOLD
NATHANIEL P. BANKS (1816-1894)
NATHANIEL P. BANKS (1816-1894) 

US Congressman and Governor of Massachusetts, Union Major-General during the Civil War. Captured Port Hudson in 1863, earning the thanks of Congress. Letter written and signed by Banks recommending a man for the position of gas engineer at the Boston Post Office Building. Nice example of late nineteenth century political networking. Dated January 27, 1877 at Washington, DC. Great condition, and signed "N. P. Banks."


$175.00 :: SOLD
SABINE BARING-GOULD (1834-1924) 

British divine, prolific author. He wrote "Onward Christian Soldiers," one of the most popular hymns of all time. Note written and signed by Baring-Gould, no year given, but dated August 20.


$140.00
FRÉDÉRIC-AUGUSTE BARTHOLDI (1834-1904)
FRÉDÉRIC-AUGUSTE BARTHOLDI (1834-1904) 

French sculptor best known for his colossal Statue of Liberty ("Liberty Enlightening the World") presented to the United States by the French people in 1885. Manuscript letter, entirely in Bartholdi's own hand, dated March 9, 1883, to a correspondent only identified as "Dear Friend." Bartholdi expresses his gladness at hearing that his friend will be visiting Paris soon, and mentions a "Mr. Holland," whom Bartholdi has sent "a card of introduction to the workshop with the best recommendation." This was an important year for Bartholdi, as the financing of his famous famous Statue of Liberty had finally been completed the previous year, and construction would be completed the year following. A rare letter, in English, from a significant sculptor most likely writing to one of his American patrons who was traveling to see the work-in-progress of his monumental statue.


$550.00 :: SOLD
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