The Lawrence Miller Collection

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Lawyer and signer of the Constitution from Delaware (1732-1808) who also served as an officer during the Revolutionary War, governor of Delaware, and governor of Pennsylvania. ALS, one page, 6.25 x 7.25, December 27, 1790. Letter to Jacob Hicks, in part: "My letter by Dr. Moman is rec'd—& I am much concerned to hear, that my expenses are so great, as I apprehend, that I shall certain…

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Partly-printed DS, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 6.25 x 7.75, June 5, 1783. Continental Army military discharge headed “By His Excellency George Washington, Esq., General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America.” In part: “These are to certify that the Bearer hereof John Yearty Sol'dr in the New Jersey Regiment, having faithfully …

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Crisp and clean ink signature, "John Adams,” on an off-white 3.25 x 1 slip. In very good to fine condition, with creasing to the right of the signature. A large and desirable signature of the second US president. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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Revolutionary War-dated twice-signed ALS as governor, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.5 x 8.75, May 14, 1780. Letter to Colonel Anthony Walton White, "of the Virginia horse in South Carolina," in full: "I do myself the pleasure of transmitting to you the inclosed advice of Council and order in answer to your application to us. The board of trade inform me they have & shall imme…

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ALS signed “D. P. Madison,” one page, 4.75 x 8, December 6, 1842. Letter to Bagit Gordon, in part: "I am grieved that any circumstances should have given that color to my conduct which caused you to think me unmindful of my duty, in…my Bond which you hold…The moment I received your letter I desired to place your credit $500 in the Branch Bank of Virginia at Fredericksburg and to write,…

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ALS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 21, 1827. Written from Montpelier, a letter to Richard Rush, the United States Secretary of the Treasury, in full: "I have rec'd the copy of your late Treasury Report, and return my thanks for the kindness to which I owe it. It is a valuable voucher for the prosperity of our commerce & our revenue, and a pleasing specimen of the ability which presides o…

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ALS signed “L. C. Adams,” one page, 7.25 x 8.75, no date but circa 1824. Letter to a gentleman, possibly Isaac Chauncey. In part: "I have just received a Letter from my Sister at Mackinaw in Michigan Territory requesting me to obtain a Warrant in the Navy for her Son Joshua Johnson Boyd. As it is probable that there are not many applications from that Island the Secretary of the Navy m…

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Hand-addressed and free-franked mailing envelope, 4.25 x 2.5, addressed by Adams to "Miss Mary Rhett, George Town, D. C.," and franked in the upper right, "L. C. Adams." Marked in another hand, "Quincy, Mass, Aug. 10" and "Free." In very good to fine condition, with a tear to the upper left corner. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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Wife (1775-1864) of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison, who served nominally as First Lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, though she never entered the White House. ALS signed “A. Harrison,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 12.5, July 17, 1831. Letter to Mrs. Phebe R. Reeve in Mattituck, New Y…

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Wife (1775-1864) of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison, who served nominally as First Lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, though she never entered the White House. Full free frank, measuring 9.25 x 7.75 unfolded with a center panel of 4.75 x 3, addressed by Harrison to "Bela B. Satterlee Esqr., Plymouth Hollow, CT,…

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ALS signed “John Tyler" and "Julia Gardiner Tyler,” one page, 4.25 x 6.5, November 15, 1852. Pair of letters to an autograph collector on a single page. John Tyler writes, in full: "Absence from home and other circumstances, have prevented an earlier compliance with your letter requesting autographs of Mrs. Tyler and myself. They are now furnished with pleasure." Below, Julia Tyler wri…

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Signed book: Constitution of the United States of America: Rules of the House of Representatives, Joint Rules of the Two Houses and Rules of the Senate, with Jefferson's Manual. Washington: Thomas Allen, Printer to the House, 1937. Hardcover bound in elaborate bespoke morocco gilt- and blind-stamped binding with "James K. Polk, Speaker H. R." Stamped in the center of the upper board, six compa…

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Wife of President James K. Polk (1803-1891) and first lady from 1845 to 1849. Civil War-dated ALS signed “Mrs. James K. Polk,” one page, 5.75 x 7, March 19, 1864. Letter to "Maj'r Gen'l Thomas, Commanding U.S. Forces &c at Chattanooga," in full: "Allow me to present to you Mrs. C. Jones, who goes out by permission and who is kind enough to take in her care, for me, a trunk,…

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Wife (1806-1863) of President Franklin Pierce, and first lady from 1853 to 1857. ALS signed “Jane,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, December 30, 1844. Letter to her sister Mary Appleton Aiken, containing family news and gossip. In part: "I will write a few lines to my dear sister…I think of you with much love and solicitude dear sister and pray that you may be carried…

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Signed book: The Life and Times of Aaron Burr by J. Parton. Thirteenth edition. NY: Mason Brothers, 1860. Hardcover bound in original pebbled blindstamped cloth, 6 x 8, 706 pages. Signed and inscribed on a free end page in ink, "From Franklin Pierce to L. W. Clark, Jan'y 7, 1861." Autographic condition: fine, with a very short tear to the top edge of the signed page. Book condition: VG/None, w…

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Signed book: Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion. First edition. NY: D. Appleton & Co., 1866. Hardcover bound in brown cloth, 6.25 x 9.5, 296 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in crisp ink, "Mr. John Campbell, from his friend, James Buchanan, 15 January 1866." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with a recased binding, sunning an…

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Niece (1830-1903) of lifelong bachelor President James Buchanan, who acted as first lady of the United States from 1857 to 1861. ALS signed “H. Lane,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7.25, December 28, 1859. Letter written from the "Executive Mansion," in part: "The merry-makings of Xmas must be my apology for not having attended to your kind letter earlier. I now enclose U…

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Rare original broadside printing of the "Proclamation of Emancipation, By the President of the United States of America," unsigned, one page, 11 x 17.5, dated January 1, 1863, which reads: "Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things,…

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ALS signed “Mrs. Lincoln,” one page, 4.5 x 7, black-bordered "L" monogram letterhead, August 22, 1864. Letter to "Mr. Orvis" in Manchester, Vermont, in full: "Since writing the other letter, we have concluded to visit Manchester on Tuesday next—instead of Wednesday. I hope it will be equally agreeable to you—By leaving here earlier, my son Robert, hopes we will be sooner th…

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Wife (1826-1902) of President Ulysses S. Grant and first lady from 1869 to 1877. Desirable 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo of Grant by W. Kurtz of Madison Square, nicely signed in ink, "Julia D. Dent." In fine condition, with light rubbing to the emulsion above and below her first name. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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ALS signed “Lucy W. Hayes,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 6.75, personal "H" monogram letterhead, January 9, 1880. Letter to "My dear Mr. Senator," written from the "Executive Mansion." In full: "May I venture to remind you of the beautiful picture which now graces the East Room giving a thrill of pleasure to the average American woman as she looks upon it and sees the repre…

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Official booklet entitled "Annual Message of the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Third Session of the Forty-Fifth Congress," delivered on December 2, 1878, published by the Government Printing Office, 5.75 x 9, 21 pages, signed on the front cover in ink, "With Compliments of R. B. Hayes." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, …

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ALS signed “Lucretia R. Garfield,” one page, 4.5 x 7, personal "LRG" monogram letterhead, March 17, 1893. Letter to Mrs. John B. McLillen in Buffalo, in full: "The inclosed copy of signature is evidently from a 'frank' on an old envelope when Members of Congress had the franking privilege, and that is doubtless genuine. The M.C. following is for Member of Congress." In fine con…

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Signed book: The Forty-Second Ohio Infantry: A History of the Organization and Services of that Regiment in the War of the Rebellion. First edition. Cleveland: Cobb, Andrews & Co., 1876. Hardcover bound in green cloth with gilt decoration, 6 x 8.75, 306 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in ink, "To my friend A. A. House, Warren, Ohio, With the kind regards of J. A. Garfiel…

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