War-dated partly-printed vellum DS, signed "James Madison" as president and "Ja's Monroe" as secretary of state, one page, 11 x 15, December 26, 1812. Scallop-topped ship’s pass issued to the "Sch'r Sea Nymph of New York…mounted with no guns, navigated with nine men. To pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize, without any hinderance, seisure or molestation.” Signed at the conclusion by President Madison and countersigned by Secretary of State Monroe. Also countersigned by Collector of the Port of New York David Gelston, a noted merchant and politician who had been appointed to that post by Thomas Jefferson. The seal in the lower left is present, as is the remnant of a blue ribbon to upper left corner. Impressively cloth-matted and framed with a plaque to an overall size of 22 x 33.5. In very good to fine condition, with staining to the seal, and some creasing (one crease passing through Monroe's signature).
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