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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.…

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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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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 15.25 x 9.25, May 15, 1827. President Adams grants Richard Parish a parcel of land "offered for sale at Tallahassee in the Territory of Florida, containing eighty acres." Signed at the conclusion by Adams and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office George Graham. The white paper seal affixed to the…

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Early partly-printed DS filled out entirely in the hand of John Quincy Adams, endorsed “J. Q. Adams" on the reverse, one page, 8 x 6.75, November 7, 1791. An order issued to the sheriff of Lincoln County, Massachusetts, commanding him to bring Nathaniel Hall of Pittston "before Our Justices of Our Court of Common Pleas…to answer unto William Coolidge of Boston" concerni…

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Unsigned book: Letters on the Masonic Institution by John Quincy Adams. Boston: T. R. Marvin, 1847. Hardcover bound in brown cloth with gilt title on spine, 6 x 9, 284 pages. Containing Adams's anti-Masonic writings, this book presents a fascinating denouncement of the institution. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear and rubbing to boards, and subtle foxing to textblock.

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Bank of the Metropolis check, 5.75 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Jackson as president, "Andrew Jackson," payable to Richard Smith for $507.20, August 21, 1835. In fine condition, with two small mounting remnants on the back. In 1835, Jackson achieved two presidential firsts: he became the only president to completely pay off the national debt, and he survived the first assassination attempt on …

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.75 x 17.75, March 5, 1835. President Jackson appoints Edmund Schriver as a "Second Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Jackson, and countersigned by Secretary of War Lewis Cass. The white War Office seal remains affixed to upper left. In very good to fine cond…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 13.75 x 16.75, July 25, 1840. President Van Buren appoints Isaac I. Stevens as "First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by Van Buren, and countersigned by Secretary of War Joel R. Poinsett. The white War Office seal remains affixed to upper left. In…

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Very desirable partly-printed DS, signed “W. H. Harrison, Clerk,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 12.75, June 16, 1836. A document certifying a land transaction between Zenos Bronson and David Bolles, with the former agreeing to sell a "tract or lot of land, containing two hundred two and a half acres; situate, lying and being in the Tenth District, Wilkinson County and State…

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Three important electoral college documents certifying the votes of New York's electors for the William Henry Harrison-John Tyler ticket in the 1840 presidential election, all dated December 2, 1840. First is a 22.25 x 17.25 document signed by New York state's 42 electors—including Pierre Van Cortlandt Jr., Peter Buell Porter, John L. Lawrence, Elisha Jenkins, and Gideon Lee—i…

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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “W. H. Harrison by N. P. Cousin Jr. Sec'y,” one page, 16.25 x 10, March 25, 1841. Land grant to Henry Stiles of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, for an eighty-acre plot of land in "Milwaukee, Wisconsin Territory." Signed at the conclusion by Harrison's secretary, and countersigned by Recorder of the General Land Office J. Williamson. The paper …

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.75 x 17, August 20, 1841. President Tyler appoints Edward O. C. Ord as "First Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Tyler and countersigned by Secretary of War John Bell. The white War Department seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. In very good to fine…

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ALS signed “J. Tyler,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, no date. Letter to Captain William C. Bolton of the “U.S. Ship Pennsylvania,” in full: “Jarvis one of your crew represents that he was drawn off for a moment from his boat from a desire to visit some of his old shipmates on the point and was most unexpectedly absent when you returned to Norfolk. He seems to be sinc…

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Autograph endorsement as president, signed "J. Tyler," on the reverse of a letter written to him by William Collins, one page, 8 x 10, December 29, 1842. Tyler writes, in full: "If this could be done it would be a public benefit and no public loss." The letter by Collins to Tyler, written from Portsmouth, Virginia on behalf of the Virginia Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, in part: "When…

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Manuscript DS as president, signed “J. Tyler,” one page, 7.75 x 5.75, August 23, 1843. President John Tyler appoints an acting fourth auditor, in full: "I hereby authorize Thomas H. Gillip to act as Fourth Auditor of the Treasury for the period of four weeks from the present date, in case the Auditor should be so long absent from the Seat of Government." Signed neatly at the conclusio…

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Hand-addressed and free franked mailing envelope, 5 x 3, postmarked at Norfolk, VA, in 1859, addressed by Tyler to "L. J. Cist Esq'r, St. Louis, Missouri," and franked in the upper right, "J. Tyler." Reverse flap retains original red wax seal. In very good to fine condition, with light soiling, and a stain to the lower left blank area.

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 15.5 x 18, February 3, 1848. President Polk appoints Romeyn B. Ayres as "Second Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Polk and countersigned by Secretary of War William L. Marcy. The crisp white War Department seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. In…

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Partly-printed DS, one page, 11.25 x 15.5, July 1, 1841. As the Governor of Tennessee, Polk issues to John W. Johnston "a certain tract or parcel of Land, containing Forty acres, lying in the county of Bradley." Signed boldly at the conclusion by James K. Polk. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, small areas of paper loss, and staining affecting appearance.

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Partly-printed DS signed “James K. Polk" as president and "James Buchanan" as secretary of state, one page, 16 x 12, January 8, 1846. President Polk appoints Nicolas B. Vanzandt as a "Justice of the Peace, in the county of Washington, in the District of Columbia." Signed at the conclusion by Polk and Buchanan. The white paper seal remains affixed to lower left corner. In very good condition…

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