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Color satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of President Reagan conversing with Michigan Governor William Milliken, calligraphically inscribed in the lower border, "To Bill, with appreciation and best wishes," and signed in black felt tip as president, "Sincerely, Ron." Reverse bears an "Official Photograph, The White House" stamp. In fine condition, with a light paperclip impression to the upper right edge.…

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #603 - February 18, 2021 View Details

Beautifully penned ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.25 x 9, November 28, 1788. Written from Mont Vernon, a letter to Wakelin Welch, in full: "Permit me to introduce to your attention & civilities M'r Gouverneur Morris a friend of mine who proposes to visit London. You will find him a well informed, sensible man, and an agreeable companion. He is a Gentleman of family &…

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Exceptional lottery ticket neatly signed at the conclusion in ink, "G:o Washington," one page, 5.5 x 3.5, for the "Mountain Road Lottery" held in 1768." In full: "This ticket [No. 360] shall entitle the Possessor to whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's Number in the Mountain Road Lottery." These lottery tickets were printed several at a time on larger sheets before being cut; th…

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ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 4.5 x 7.25, June 6, 1798. Letter to merchants "Bennett & Watts" of Alexandria, who regularly shipped household goods to Mont Vernon, in full: "Please to send me by the bearer a groce of large, & a groce of small white metal buttons—common sort,—and oblige by so doing." Reverse of second integral is addressed in the hand of Was…

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Handwritten endorsement by George Washington on the reverse of a letter written to him, unsigned, one page, 7.5 x 13, May 30, 1798. Washington pens a docketing note concerning a loan to the Potomac Company, in full: "From the Treasurer of the Potomac Comp'y, 30th May 1798, Enclosing Deed of Conveyance of 16 shares in said Company for the sum of $3,271 36/100 money lent." The letter written to…

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Original issue of the New York Journal & Patriotic Register newspaper published by Ann Greenleaf on Wall Street, four pages, 11.5 x 19.25, January 8, 1800. Much of the front page is dedicated to coverage of George Washington's funeral held in New York on December 31, 1799, and includes the order of procession of the various regiments, officers, and societies paying tribute. In part: "The …

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Piece of ornate black lace belonging to Martha Washington, 15.5 x 3.25, possibly mourning lace. Accompanied by a color copy of the decorative cover of the box in which the lace was kept, as well a second copy, with "Three ornaments from the mantle piece at Mount Vernon," and later labeled in ballpoint, "Martha Washington's lace." Provenance: the Tobias Lear family, James D. Julia Auction, Feb…

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Wooden fragment of the Germantown White House in Pennsylvania which twice housed George Washington during his presidency, measuring 2.5″ x 1″ x 1″, with an old annotated slip nailed to the side: "Piece of the ballustrade [sic] from the house that Gen. Washington lived in while Pres." In very good to fine condition, with a small tear to the slip. Consignor notes that this was pur…

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Contemporary copy of a letter to General George Washington, likely in the hand of British Commander-in-Chief Sir Henry Clinton's aide William Collier, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9, December 8, 1778. A letter proposing a secret plan to meet and negotiate a prisoner exchange. In full: "The unsuccessful attempts which have been made to ratify the Treaty of Convention of Saratoga …

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Issue of The Boston Magazine from December 1783, 5.5 x 8.75, 37 pages, containing "General Washington's farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States" and the "Address of the Officers to Gen. Washington." Issued at Rocky-Hill, near Princeton, on November 2, 1783, Washington's farewell orders praised the unselfishness and discipline of his troops during the Revolutionary War: "Every A…

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Significant ALS, one page both sides, 7.25 x 8.75, February 2, 1784. Letter written from The Hague while serving as first US Minister to the Netherlands, to Governor George Clinton of New York, in defense of James Jay, the brother of John Jay. In full: "Mr. Charles W. Shubert de Rawitz in Poland proposes to embark in March for New York, and there to establish himself in Trade, chiefly in German l…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.25 x 15, May 3, 1800. President Adams, "in consideration of military service performed by Christopher Tompkins (a Subaltern for three years) to the United States, in the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment," grants a plot of land "containing One thousand six hundred sixty six and two thirds acres situate between the Little Miami and Sciot…

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Rare manuscript DS, signed “J. Adams,” one page, 7.5 x 3, January 22, 1825. Receipt of a pay order issued by presidential nominee John Quincy Adams to his father, in full: "Received of George Washington Adams-Agent for John Quincy Adams two hundred and fifty dollars for the quarter ending on the 1st instant." Signed boldly at the conclusion by John Adams. The document has been profess…

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Attractive ink signature, "John Adams,” on an off-white 4 x .75 sheet. Matted and framed with an engraving to an overall size of 8.75 x 10.75. In fine condition, with scattered light toning.

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ALS signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.25 x 9.25, September 10, 1789. Letter to Nathaniel Cutting, a merchant who had been captured while commanding an American sailing vessel during the Revolutionary War; taken to England, he escaped and fled to France, where he remained for many years. Cutting helped to arrange Jefferson's return trip to the United States upon the conclusion of…

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Printed broadside document, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8.5 x 12.5, August 4, 1790. Broadside publishing an act passed by the Congress of the United States during its Second Session, in part: "An Act for the Relief of John Stewart and John Davidson. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives…That so much of the duties accruing on eighteen hundred bushels of salt im…

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Hand-addressed and free franked address panel, 4.75 x 3.25, addressed in Jefferson's hand to "Mr. Matthew Carey, Philadelphia," and franked in the upper left, "free, Th: Jefferson." Postmarked at Charlotte, VA, November 2, [no year]. In fine condition, with faint show-through along the bottom edge from a notation on the reverse. Mathew Carey was an Irish-born American publisher and economist…

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ALS, presumably as president, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.75 x 3, no date but circa July 28, 1801. In full: "Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Mr. Peyton. He has received the pair of horse nettings in good order, and being now making his last arrangements for departure incloses him 10 Dollars the price mentioned. Health & respect." Double-matted and framed to an ov…

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Office of Pay and Deposit of the Bank of Columbia 'private account' check, 7.25 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Madison as president, "James Madison," payable "to Jno. Peltz or bearer" for $22.50, March 29, 1813. In fine condition, with a small mounting remnant on the back of the left edge. Madison remains decidedly scarce in signed checks, presidential or otherwise.

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Manuscript DS, signed "James Madison" as president and "Jas. Monroe" as secretary of state, one page, 10.25 x 16.25, August 4, 1816. Appointment for William Shaler and Isaac Chauncey to participate in peace negotiations with the Dey of Algiers in the aftermath of the Second Barbary War, naming them "Commissioners of the United States of America, with authority to meet a Commissioner or Commission…

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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “James Madison" as president and "Jas. Monroe" as secretary of state, one page, 15.5 x 9.25, October 7, 1811. President Madison confirms that Antoine Lasselle, junior, is to obtain "by virtue of an act of Congress, entitled 'An act regulating the grants of land in the territory of Michigan,' in his claim to a certain tract of land, containing six hun…

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Attractive partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.75 x 17.5, March 28, 1820. President Monroe appoints Zachariah W. Nixon as a "Lieutenant in the Navy in the Service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Monroe, and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Smith Thompson. The beige Navy Department seal remains affixed to lower vignette. In very good to fine condi…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as Governor of Virginia, signed “Jas. Monroe,” one page, 14.5 x 11.25, June 17, 1801. Governor Monroe grants to Isaac Senegar "One hundred and forty acres" lying and being in the County of Bath, on the Waters of Little Sinking Creek, joining the land of John Lynch." Signed at the conclusion by James Monroe, with the lower left corner retaining remnants of the …

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Signed book: Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the Congress of the United States, Before Them, in the House of Representatives at Washington On the 31st December, 1934. By John Quincy Adams, a Member of the House. Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1835. No covers, 5.5 x 8.25, 94 pages. Signed at the top of the title page…

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