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Outstanding full free frank, unfolded to 6.5 x 6.25, addressed in another hand to "Miss Catherine Goddard, Baltimore," and franked in the lower left of the panel by Washington as "President US." Panel also bears a New York, January 7, [circa 1790], postmark and a faint "FREE" stamp to the right of Goddard's name. The lower flap bears a black wax seal with a herald…

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Sought-after partly-printed DS, signed "Go: Washington" as president and "Th: Jefferson" as secretary of state, one page, 12.5 x 15.75, December 23, 1793. Three-language ship's papers issued to "John Latimer, master or commander of the Brigt called Mary & Elizabeth…lying at present in the port of Philad'a, bound for Hispanola, and laden with Merchdze per Manifest." Boldly signed in th…

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 21.5 x 17.5, April 2, 1799. Four-language ship's paper issued to "Elkanah Talman of New Bedford, master or commander of the Ship called the Minerva…lying at present in the port of N. York, bound for Londonderry and laden with Flaxseed & Staves." Prominently signed at center by President Adams and countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickeri…

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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “Th: Jefferson” as president and “James Madison” as secretary of state, one page, 10.5 x 15.25, July 3, 1805. Scallop-topped ship’s pass issued to "the Schooner Hannah of Marblehead, Robert Cloutman, master or commander of the burthen of Seventy Nine…tons or thereabouts, mounted with no guns, navigated with six men. To pass with her C…

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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed "James Madison" as president and "Ja's Monroe" as secretary of state, one page, 11.5 x 14.75, January 6, 1817. Scallop-topped ship’s pass issued to "the Ship Mohawk of Baltimore, David Gray master or commander…mounted with no guns, navigated with sixteen men. To pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize, without any hindrance, seizure or m…

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ALS signed “M. V. Buren,” one page, 8 x 10.25, November 9, 1815. Letter to Smith Thompson, the chief justice of the New York State Supreme Court, in full: "I enclose you a letter I rec'd from Mr. Sanford. Mrs. V. Buren, her mother & one of my boys have all been very sick for some days & remain so. Mr. Cantine who came to see them was also rather down last night, so that my…

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Free franked mailing envelope, 5.75 x 3.25, addressed in Martin Van Buren's hand to "Theodore Miller Esquire, Huron, N. York," and franked in the upper right, "Free, M. Van Buren." Reverse retains the original red wax seal. In very good to fine condition, with old adhesive residue to the left edge, and toning from prior display.

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Desirable ink signature, "Virginia, Dec. 19, 1860, Resp'ly yrs, John Tyler,” on an off-white 4 x 2.5 sheet. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, light soiling, and some old tape residue to the right edge. As Tyler often signed his first name with just an initial, this is a particularly desirable example of his full autograph.

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ALS, one black-bordered page, 4.75 x 7.25, May 15, 1855. Letter to antiquarian Samuel Gardner Drake, in full: "Your kind note of the 7th inst. inviting me to visit the rooms & Library of the Hist. Genealogical Society, was received too late to enable me to accept the invitation or even reply before leaving Boston, which I sincerely regret. With many thanks for your polite invitation I am in g…

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ALS as president, one page, 4.75 x 6.5, October 1, 1859. Letter to Nahum Caper, written from Washington. In full: "Many thanks for your Basket of fruit. It has proved to be excellent. It proves that New Englanders can save delicious fruit even in their hyperborean climate." Impressively matted and framed with an engraved portrait (bearing a facsimile signature in the lower border) to an overall s…

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Civil War-dated LS (in the hand of John Hay), signed by Lincoln as president, “A. Lincoln,” one page, 4.5 x 7.5, Executive Mansion letterhead, November 23, 1864. Letter to Mrs. Wright Parke, in full: "I report to learn, by a note from Mr. Cutler that you have never received my acknowledgment of your kindness in sending me, a great while ago, a very pretty and ingenious Card Basket. I …

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Highly desirable autograph endorsement signed as president, one page, 3.25 x 2.75, in full: "Submitted to the Sec. of War & Gen. Meade. A. Lincoln, March 14, 1864." Gorgeously mounted, cloth-matted, and framed with a portrait and plaque to an overall size of 23 x 19. In fine condition, with light perimeter toning from prior display. On the same day, Lincoln issued an order for the draft of 20…

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Ink signature, "U. S. Grant, General,” on an off-white 3.5 x 1.25 sheet. Double-matted with an engraving to an overall size of 7.5 x 11.5. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light soiling.

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ALS as president signed “R. B. Hayes,” one page, 5.75 x 9.25, Executive Mansion letterhead, October 28, 1877. Letter to Wayne MacVeigh, in part: "I thank you…for your suggestion and valued letter. Mr…has been much misrepresented in this affair, but I take it the truth will gradually find its way to the public without special effort on his part." In fine condition, with light creasing …

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Unusual oversized 10.75 x 16.5 albumen photograph of the official portrait painting of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes by Daniel Huntington, affixed to a 16 x 21 mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in ink, "To Mr. Basil Meek, with kindest regards, Rutherford B. Hayes, Spiegel Grove, 24 Oct. 1889." In very good condition, with toning, light staining to the bottom, a missing lower left corner tip, …

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LS signed “J. A. Garfield,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 10, 1874. Letter to Captain A. W. Stiles, in full: "Your kind note of the 27th of February came duly to hand. I regret to hear that you are about to leave Northern Ohio and I hope it will not be a permanent separation from us. I concur in your views in regard to the Post Office and shall require of them a clear and unquestioned …

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Executive Mansion card signed neatly in fountain pen by Chester A. Arthur. In fine condition, with old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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Two handwritten letters from President Grover Cleveland, six total pages, 5 x 8, Executive Mansion letterhead, both addressed to George W. Hayward, a grocer and selectman from Buffalo, New York. The earlier letter, dated January 6, 1886, finds Cleveland requesting that they postpone a meeting, noting that the "next time you arrange it, there will I am sure be nothing in the way," with the signatu…

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ALS, one page both sides, 5.25 x 6.5, August 27, 1905. Written from Tamworth, New Hampshire, a letter to Henry B. Smith, in full: "I desire to thank you for your exceedingly cordial and friendly invitation to become the guest of the Denver Teacher's Club at such time during the coming year as shall suit my convenience. I regret exceedingly that I can see no prospect of my acceptance of this c…

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TLS as president, one page, 6.75 x 9, Executive Mansion letterhead, January 13, 1900. Letter to Colonel Thomas P. Ochiltree, in full: "I have been much gratified to receive a cordial invitation from the Confederate Veteran Camp of New York, to be present and respond to a toast at its Tenth Annual Banquet on the 19th instant. As intimated in my conversation with you recently, I find that engagemen…

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World War I-dated TLS, one page, 8.5 x 10.25, May 12, 1915. Written from Walnut Park in Syracuse, a letter to noted book publisher Irving Putnam, in full: "That is an excellent letter of yours. What the Germans really would mind, however, would be, not a withdrawal of our ambassadors, but what I have advocated in print—refusal, in view of their conduct, to permit trade with them, and the th…

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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 7.5, Sagamore Hill letterhead, February 3, 1917. A touching letter to the widow of William Blodgett, in full: "I hesitate to intrude on your grief; but I loved your husband, my old friend and classmate; I know how very hard it is for you to be left to bring up your children in loneliness; and I can not forbear to send you just a line to express my pr…

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Sought-after White House card signed neatly in fountain pen by President Theodore Roosevelt. In very fine condition. Accompanied by the original White House mailing envelope, postmarked February 1903.

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TLS as president, one page, 7.25 x 8.75, White House letterhead, September 8, 1906. Letter to his friend and former classmate, William T. Blodgett, in full: "I am delighted at the good news and congratulate you most heartily. All I object to, my dear fellow, is your having waited so long. But I know of Miss Whitney, so I am well prepared to believe that she was well worth waiting for. May I ask t…

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