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#19 - James Madison

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Signed in his first two days as president
Description                           Estimate: $400 - 600          

Impressive partly-printed DS as president, one page, 20.5 x 16.25, June 13, 1809. Four-language ship’s papers issued to “Frederick Slocum master or commander of the Ship called the Fame of New Bedford…lying at present in the port of Petersburg bound for London and laden with Tobacco, Staves & Customary Stores.” Prominently signed in the center by President Madison. Handsomely mounted, matted, and framed. In fine condition, with intersecting folds. While these documents would typically also be signed by the secretary of state, this document notes, “The office of Secretary of State vacant at the signing by the President.” Madison was inaugurated on March 4, 1809, but his first secretary of state, Robert Smith, did not begin his term until March 6; we can therefore conclude that this was signed within the first two days of Madison’s presidency. A highly appealing format from the start of his historic term. Oversized. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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