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ALS signed “Js. Madison, Jr.,” one page both sides, 6.5 x 8, December 2, 1799. Significant letter to his wife, "Mrs. Dolly P. Madison" (interestingly, spelled differently from the usual 'Dolley'), referencing lodging and the session of the Virginia House of Delegates, noting the election of Larkin Smith as speaker and William Wirt as clerk. In part: "I found at Mr. Watson'…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 11 x 8.25, November 27, 1820. President Monroe grants "David Allen, late a Private in Voses Company of the fifth Regiment of Infantry, a certain Tract of Land, containing One Hundred and Sixty acres…in the Territory of Arkansas." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Monroe, and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Josiah…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 15.25 x 9.75, May 15, 1828. President Adams grants Joseph D. Peebles, assignee of Henry Donahoo, a tract "containing ninety two acres…of the Lands directed to be sold at Huntsville, Alabama." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office George Graha…

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ALS as president, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 5, 1840. Letter to Miss Eliza V. D'Wolf, in part: "I comply with your request to be furnished with my autograph with much pleasure, and am, with best wishes for your health & happiness." Addressed on the integral leaf in Van Buren's hand. In very good to fine condition, with multiple intersecting fold…

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Ink signature, "Respectfully yours, M. Van Buren, Lindenwold, Dec. 1, 1855,” on an off-white 4.25 x 3 slip affixed to a larger album page. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and a stain below, but not touching, the signature. Accompanied by an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature.

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ADS signed "Wm. H. Harrison, AdC," one page, 7.75 x 3.75, January 12, 1795. Military document signed while serving in the Northwest Territory as aide-de-camp to 'Mad Anthony' Wayne, in full: "Provision return for three men of Captain Shrims spies for four days commencing the 18th and ending 21st January 1795, Inclusive—Men: 3, Days: 4, Rations: 18, Sir, Issue agreeably to the above …

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 7 x 7, June 3, 1846. President Polk authorizes and directs the "Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to the remission of the penalty incurred by Captain Simon Graham, Master of the British Ship Grampian." Professionally inlaid to a slightly larger sheet and in very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, light wrinkling, and ink e…

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Signed book: Great Britain in 1833 by Baron D'Haussez. First American edition. Philadelphia: E. C. Mielke, 1833. Hardcover, 4.5 x 7.25, 255 pages. Signed on the front pastedown in pencil, "Millard Fillmore." Autographic condition: very good, with light soiling and overall foxing to the signed page. Book condition: VG-/None, with moderate-to-heavy foxing to textblock, loss to the head of the s…

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, November 6, 1854. President Pierce authorizes and directs the "Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to the pardon granted to William Fisher." In very good to fine condition, with small old tape repairs to fold splits on the reverse, small chips to the right edge, and staining along the top edge from old adhesive resid…

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ALS signed “A. Lincoln,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, December 4, 1858, penned at the conclusion of a letter sent to him by a client requesting his legal opinion. Lincoln's response, in full: "You have no lawful right to keep outsiders out by any contrivance whatever. You have the lawful right to prefer one fair creditor to another. In your case, you better mortgage all your real …

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Civil War-dated ANS signed “A. Lincoln,” one page both sides, 3.25 x 2, October 14, 1862. Handwritten note from President Lincoln regarding a diplomatic commission, in full: "If the Sec. of State knows no reason to the contrary, send me a commission for William Edwin Phelps, of Ills., as Consul to St. Petersburg, in place of Dr. Arnold resigned. Hold up only if Hon. W. Kellogg has fil…

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Ulysses S. Grant's personally-owned hand-painted porcelain plate, ordered while in China in 1879 after his meeting with Li Hongzhang during his post-presidency world tour. The beautiful plate measures 8.5″ in diameter, and features a blue-and-green fish at center, encircled by an ornate and intricate border of colorful flowers and butterflies. Professionally and expertly restored to fin…

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Superb engraved portrait of Ulysses S. Grant as commander of the Union Army, 5.5 x 8.75, prominently signed below the image in ink, "Yours truly, U. S. Grant, General." Includes a related letter signed by the private secretary of Abraham Lincoln, "Jno. G. Nicolay," one page, Executive Mansion letterhead, April 14, 1864, to publisher J. C. Butler in New York, in part: "The President of the United …

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Large and crisp ink signature, "U. S. Grant,” on a light gray 3.75 x 1.25 slip. In fine condition.

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Superb 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo of Garfield in a suit and bow tie, signed on the mount in ink, "J. A. Garfield." In very good to fine condition, with light soiling, and light bends to the lower corners. A highly desirable, excellent pose of Garfield, who would fall to an assassin's bullet just months into his presidency.

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Interesting 4 x 5 paperstock photo of Cleveland seated at his desk, affixed to a 5.75 x 7.25 mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in ink, "Doctor Marcus Benjamin, with the compliments of Grover Cleveland." In fine condition, with trimmed edges.

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One of President Benjamin Harrison's beautiful official White House china plates by Tressemanes and Vogt of Limoges, France. The breakfast or luncheon plate measures 8.5″ in diameter, features a beautifully-colored stylized US coat of arms (eagle and shield) in the center, and the gilt outlines of goldenrod and corn husks on the black border. The eagle is encircled by 44 gilt stars, rep…

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One of President Benjamin Harrison's beautiful official White House china plates by Tressemanes and Vogt of Limoges, France. The dessert, or 'bread and butter,' plate measures 6″ in diameter, features a beautifully-colored stylized US coat of arms (eagle and shield) in the center, and the gilt outlines of goldenrod and corn husks on the dark navy blue border. The eagle is encirc…

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Uncommon matte-finish 5.5 x 7.75 photo of McKinley in a head-and-shoulders pose, affixed to a 6.5 x 8.75 mount, signed and inscribed in ink, "With most cordial regards, W. McKinley.” Inherent to the image is a December 1896 copyright notice by Courtney Studio of Canton, Ohio. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and some light scuffing and soiling. The copyright date on the …

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TLS signed “W. McKinley, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.75, State of Ohio Executive Department letterhead, February 25, 1893. Letter to Perry VanHorn, in full: "I beg to thank you, and through you the Grand Army Band, for the generous vote of sympathy passed last Monday night. It is needless to say that I am proud of the band, and hope in the future to be able to contribute my mite to its pro…

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Signed book: Camping & Tramping with Roosevelt by John Burroughs. First edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1907. Hardcover bound in tan cloth with brown lettering, 5.25 x 7.5, 111 pages. Boldly signed on an endpaper in ink, "With the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, Dec. 1916." Affixed to the first free end page is an ALS by the author, signed "John Burroughs," in part: "Few authors mind th…

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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, State of New York Executive Chamber letterhead, March 28, 1899. Letter to Marcus Braun in New York City, in part: "The book has not yet come. When it does I shall read it with the greatest interest. Now, my dear sir, I have been planning for the dinner as soon as I was able to 'clean house,' so to speak, after the adjournment of the legislature. I shall do my best…

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Interesting printed form letter, signed as president, "Theodore Roosevelt," one page, 7 x 9.5, White House letterhead, January 23, 1904. In full: "In pursuance of the request of the respective Presidents of the Universal Exposition, St. Louis, and of the American Bar Association, that the President of the United States should designate a certain number of delegates to the Universal Congress of La…

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TLS signed “T. Roosevelt,” one page, 6.5 x 7.75, The Outlook letterhead, June 19, 1911. Letter to Frank J. Firth, in full: "I thank you for your interesting edition of the comparison of Gospel texts. I appreciate your courtesy." In fine condition, with old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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