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Amazing and extraordinarily well-preserved handwritten letter signed “G. Washington,” three pages on two sheets, 7.25 x 9, Mount Vernon, January 10, 1786. Letter to Bryan Fairfax, Washington’s boyhood friend and nephew of Thomas Lord Fairfax. In full: “I have ordered my Gardr to furnish your Servant with Six of the weeping Willows that have roots; and as many cuttings as h…

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ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 10, April 8, 1798. Letter to inventor Oliver Evans, who had introduced some improvements to his mill at Mount Vernon in the early 1790s. In full: "As you have some knowledge of my Mill: and much in the way of being acquainted with Millers, I have taken the liberty of asking, if you could recommend a good one, of honest sober cha…

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Rare ADS as president, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.25 x 5, January 29, 1802. Pay order filled out in the hand of President Jefferson and issued to John Barnes of Georgetown to "Pay to Mr. Stille or order fifteen dollars for value received on account of, Your humble serv't." Signed neatly at the conclusion by Jefferson, and countersigned below by Charles Steel. In fine cond…

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Partly-printed DS, signed “James Madison” as president and “Jas. Monroe” as secretary of state, one page, 16.25 x 10.25, no date but circa 1811-1817. Unusual ship's pass left blank but signed at the conclusion by President Madison and countersigned by Secretary of State Monroe. The white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains intact. In very good condition, with …

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Scarce partly-printed DS, signed “James Monroe" as president and "John Quincy Adams" as secretary of state, one page, 21.25 x 17, November 30, 1818. Four-language ship’s papers issued to “Ebenezer Hathaway, master or commander of the Ship called Iris…lying at present in the port of New Bedford and bound for the Pacific Ocean, and laden with Provisions & Stores for the use of…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 15.25 x 9.25, August 6, 1825. President Adams grants John Low a parcel of land "in the District of Zanesville and State of Ohio containing Eighty two acres & Two hundredths of an acre." Signed boldly at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office George Graham.…

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Remarkable LS, one page, 7.75 x 12.25, August 20, 1818. Secretary of State Adams sends a coded cipher letter to Albert Gallatin, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to France. The deciphered text is written at the bottom in an unknown hand, in full: "Referring you to my late letter on the subject of South American affairs, I am now directed to inquire what part you think the French G…

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Ink signature as secretary of state, "John Quincy Adams,” on an off-white 5 x 1 vellum slip clipped from a document. Affixed to a larger card and in fine condition, with light soiling. From the collection of Stephen Adamson.

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 15.75 x 9.75, June 1, 1831. President Jackson grants John Brenner of Stark County, Ohio, a tract of land in Wooster, Ohio, containing 80 acres. Signed prominently at the conclusion by Jackson, and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. Partial white paper seal remains affixed to lower left. In very good to fine con…

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Large ink signature, "Andrew Jackson,” on an off-white 6 x 1.75 slip clipped from a document. In very good to fine condition, with light mottled toning. Accompanied by an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature. From the collection of Stephen Adamson.

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Signed book: Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the First Session of the Twenty-First Congress of the United States of America, at the City of Washington, December 7, 1829. First edition. Washington, DC: Duff Green, 1829. Leatherbound hardcover, 6 x 9.25, 577 pages. Signed inside on the title page, and signed again on the front pastedown. This book originates from Polk&#…

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Boldly penned ALS as president-elect, signed "Z. Taylor," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, January 15, 1849. Written from Baton Rouge, a letter to John Ewing, in full: "Your letter of today was handed me about sun down while in the town attending to some business preparatory to leaving for the North, and presumed an answer would not have been wished or expected before tomorrow morning; not expecting any ca…

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Large and very bold ink signature, "Very respectfully, Dear Madam, Your Most Obt. Servt., Z. Taylor,” on an off-white 4.25 x 2.5 slip. Double-matted and framed with a small engraved portrait to an overall size of 10 x 12. In fine condition.

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Boldly signed LS as president signed “Z. Taylor,” one page, 8 x 10, June 11, 1849. Letter to educator Nathan C. Brooks of Baltimore, in full: "I have only received your favor of the 5th inst. and the accompanying volumes for which you will please receive my thanks. Your desire to inscribe to me your forthcoming work on the late war is acceded to." In fine condition. Nathan Covington …

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Signed book: History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic, Vol. II. Later printing. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1861. Hardcover, 6.25 x 9.25, 509 pages. Signed vertically on the front pastedown in ink, "Millard Fillmore, Dec. 7, 1869," and also signed on the title page in the same manner. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear and rubbing…

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ALS, nine total pages, 5 x 8, January 20, 1858. Lengthy letter to his former private White House secretary Sidney Webster, in part: "A British steamer has just come into the bay probably from the coast of Africa & bound perhaps for Southampton. If so I may be able to send you a few lines two weeks in anticipation of the regular mail. There is a very decided improvement in Mrs. Pierce's he…

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Attractive free-franked mailing envelope, 4 x 2.25, addressed by Pierce to his former private White House secretary, "Sidney Webster, Esq., Tremont Street, Boston, Mass.," and crisply franked along the top, "Franklin Pierce." Annotated with a pencil date of "1857" and postmarked at Portsmouth, N.H., on August 24. In fine condition. Shortly after leaving the White House in 1857, Pierce returned to…

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Full free frank, measuring 9.75 x 8 unfolded with a center panel of 5 x 3, addressed by Buchanan to "John Reynolds Esquire, Lancaster, Pennsylvania," and franked in the upper right corner, "Free, James Buchanan." Postmarked "Free" at Washington City, December 25, [1836]. In fine condition, with two vertical folds. In 1837, Buchanan nominated Reynolds' son, the future Major General John F. Rey…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13 x 16.75, March 2, 1863. President Lincoln appoints C. C. Clark as "Additional Paymaster in the service of the United States." Neatly signed at the conclusion by President Lincoln and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The blue seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. Affixed to a same-size board and in very good condition,…

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Historic unsigned ten-volume book set: Abraham Lincoln: A History by John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Vols. I-X. First edition. NY: The Century Co., 1890. Hardcovers bound in green cloth with gilt lettering on spine and top edge gilt, 6.5 x 9.25. Book condition: VG/None, with ownership inscription to title page of Vol. I, some toning inside Vol. I from a laid-in newspaper clipping, cracked hinges to…

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Four strands of President Abraham Lincoln's hair plus a small swatch of black mourning cloth that covered the catafalque on which Lincoln's body lay in state, matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 8.75 x 14. A certificate of authenticity from Charles Hamilton is affixed to the backing, reproducing a provenance note by L. E. Leigh. Leigh's letter, in full: "…

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Bold ink signature, "U. S. Grant,” on an off-white 4.5 x 1 slip affixed to a larger album page. In very good to fine condition, with some light staining. From the collection of Stephen Adamson.

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Signed book: Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, Volume VII: Contributions to the Fossil Flora of the Western Territories, Part II: The Tertiary Flora. First edition. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1878. Hardcover bound in three quarter morocco with marbled boards and endpapers, 9.25 x 11, 366 pages plus 65 plates. Neatly signed on the title page in cris…

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Signed book: The Public Papers of Grover Cleveland, Twenty-Second President of the United States, March 4, 1885, to March 4, 1889. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1889. Hardcover bound in half morocco with marbled boards and textblock edges, 8.25 x 11.75, 578 pages. Signed and inscribed on a free end page in ink, "Frederick R. Coudert, from Grover Cleveland, May 1, 1892." Autographic …

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