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1. JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) 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

 

 

2. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) 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

 

 

3. JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) 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

 

 

4. AARON BURR & PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (1756-1836) 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.

 

 

5. GROVER CLEVELAND (1837-1908) 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

 

 

6. SCHUYLER COLFAX (1823-1885) A founder of the Republican Party, US Congressman from Indiana, Speaker of the House 1863-1869. He was Vice-President under President U.S. Grant, until being destroyed politically by implication in the Crédit Mobilier scandal. He was the first person to preside over both houses of Congress, since as Vice-President he was president of the US Senate. Signature cut from a letterhead or envelope, printed inscription "Vice President’s Chamber," signed "Schuyler Colfax, V.P." $110.00 SOLD

 

 

7. SCHUYLER COLFAX (1823-1885) A founder of the Republican Party, US Congressman from Indiana, Speaker of the House 1863-1869. He was Vice-President under President U.S. Grant, until being destroyed politically by implication in the Crédit Mobilier scandal. He was the first person to preside over both houses of Congress, since as Vice-President he was president of the US Senate. Interesting collage of items put together by an early collector, including signature, “Respy. Yours, Schuyler Colfax,” a carte-de-visite size albumen photograph of Colfax, and the back panel of an envelope bearing a good impression of his House of Representatives seal in red wax. $90.00 SOLD

 

8. CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) 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

 

9. CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) 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

 

 

10. CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) 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

 

11. GRACE COOLIDGE (1879-1957) 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

 

12. VARINA DAVIS (1826-1906) 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

 

 

13. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 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

 

14. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 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

 

15. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 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

 

16. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) 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

 

 

17. MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER (1896-1979) 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

 

 

 

18. MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 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

 

19. MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 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

 

20. MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874) 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

 

21. GERALD R.FORD (1913-2006) 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

 

22. GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006) 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

 

23. ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885) 18th US President, First Lieutenant-General since George Washington, led the Union armies to victory in the last years of the Civil War. Large (10" by 15") manuscript presidential pardon for Peter Mull, convicted of "illicitly distilling." Based on testimony from the head of the IRS, a marshal, a governor and a US attorney, Grant pardoned Mull on "the second Monday in August, 1869." Two pages, with the second page containing a very fine wax and paper Seal of the United States, and Grant's signature as president. Also signed by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. A terrific presidential document in very good condition, and bearing a strong Grant signature. Includes a period carte-de-visite (CDV) image of Grant from the Paris studio of E. Neurdein, perfect for framing. SOLD

 

24. ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885) 18th US President, First Lieutenant-General since George Washington, led the Union armies to victory in the last years of the Civil War. Large (16" by 20") partially engraved US Navy commission on vellum, making William L. Bailie a First Assistant Engineer. Bailie was a Civil War veteran and would retire with this rank in 1885. Signed "US Grant" in light but legible ink. Set with a blue wax and paper seal, and decorated with an engraved eagle and naval vignette. Also includes Bailie's service belt buckle and all of his uniform buttons! Great to frame with the document. SOLD

 

25. 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

 

26. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) & JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 3rd and 4th Presidents of the United States. Portion 4" x 7" of a document (Ship's Passport) signed by President Thomas Jefferson and then Sec. of State and later President James Madison March 7, 1807. Most of the handwritten words are light, but readable, with the exception of Jefferson's signature which is very good. James Madison's signature is lighter than is desirable but readable. Also signed by Joseph Whipple, Collector, District of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. $ 4,500.00 SOLD!!!

 

27. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) Author and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Third President of the U.S.  One of our most illustrious Founding Fathers. A two language (English & Dutch) ship's passport issued to William Thompson of the Schooner "Resolution" bound for St. Bartholomew and laden with horses, oxen, flour, pork, etc., dated June 9, 1806. Signed boldly by Thomas Jefferson as President $ 5,500.00 SOLD!!!

 

28. LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (1908-1973) 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

 

29. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1864) 16th President of the United States, Printed National Union Party election ticket for the 1864 presidential election, from the Second Congressional District in California. Lincoln and Andrew Johnson head the ticket as candidates for president and vice-president, with William Higby the candidate for representative. 3” by 8” ticket printed in red and blue on white paper, decorated with a globe floating in the sea labeled “Our Country,” with an American flag emerging from the pole. “Union and Liberty” motto on the reverse, printed in green, along with portraits of Lincoln and Johnson. Interestingly, the portrait of Johnson looks more like Andrew Jackson – presumably images of Lincoln’s new running mate were hard to come by at the time. West Coast Civil War-related material is very scarce. $450.00. SOLD

 

30. 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

 

31. 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

 

32. JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 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

 

 

33. JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 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

 

 

34. JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 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

 

35. JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 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

 

36. JAMES MADISON (1751-1836) 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

 

 

37. 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

 

 

38. JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) 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

 

 

39. JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) 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. Fantastic and rare early American passport from the War of 1812. Partially printed passport document for Eben Rollins, war-dated January 7, 1813. Especially bold signature "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of State. Set with a fine impression of the wax and paper seal of the United States. Some paper loss from a wax seal on the reverse where the document was endorsed by the Spanish consul. A great War of 1812 and Monroe item from the early republic. $950.00. SOLD

 

 

40. 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

 

 

41. 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

 

 

42. 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. 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

 

 

43. 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

 

 

44. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962) 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

 

 

 

45. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 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

 

 

46. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 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. Interesting typewritten document making Charles A. Miller the New York state delegate to the National Tax Association. Set with the New York state seal, and signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as governor. Undated, but the Association met in 1929. $525.00

 

 

47. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 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

 

 

48. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 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

 

 

49. THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) 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

 

 

50. TAFT WHITE HOUSE (c. 1909-1913) 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

 

 

51. HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972) 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

 

 

52. HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972) 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

 

 

53. WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) 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

 

 

54. WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) 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