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ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.25 x 9, October 27, 1799. Handwritten letter to William Hartshorne, treasurer of the Potomac Company. From his Mount Vernon estate, Washington writes, in full: "Your favor of the 23d inst't was not received until last night. For the information it gives concerning the suit of Mr. T. Herbert, I thank you.—I hope he will acquiesce in the decision, though unfa…

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Fantastic Revolutionary War-era free-franked mailing cover, measuring 10 x 8.25 unfolded, addressed in another hand, "(Public Service), Brigad'r Gen'l Wayne, Philadelphia," and boldly franked in the lower left, "Go: Washington." A later presentation inscription, penned in the lower right corner by Alfred Graff, reads: "Give this to your son Alfred, it is Gen'l Washington's signatu…

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Sought-after brass shank button issued for the presidential inauguration of George Washington, 1.75″ in diameter, with the front featuring a central eagle encircled with engraved text: “March the Fourth, 1789 Memorable Era.” Shank to reverse no longer present. It has been majoritively accepted that this button was made shortly before March 4, 1789, the day Washington's ina…

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Significant broadside DS, signed as Secretary of State, “Th: Jefferson,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, March 2, 1791. Broadside publishing an act passed by the Congress of the United States during its Third Session, headed, "An Act giving Effect to the Laws of the United States within the State of Vermont." The act begins: "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of th…

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Extraordinarily rare circa 1790s china dessert bowl from Thomas Jefferson's White House service. The stunningly beautiful white Chinese export porcelain serving plate measures 6.25″ in diameter and 1″ tall, and features painted blue borders with gilt fleur-de-lis edges. Center of the bowl bears an exceptional hand-painted design featuring Jefferson’s neoclassical shield stud…

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Broadside DS, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8 x 11.25, March 3, 1791. Broadside publishing an act passed by the Congress of the United States during its Third Session, in part: "An Act in addition to an Act, intituled, 'An Act for establishing the Salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks.' Be it enacted by the Senate and House of R…

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Office of Pay and Deposit of the Bank of Columbia 'private account' check, 6.75 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Madison as president, "James Madison," payable to "A. B. or bearer" for $100, September 21, 1814. Mounted, matted, and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 13.75 x 19.75. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, and a stain to the upper right.From The Mic…

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Manuscript DS as president, one page, 16 x 11.5, January 5, 1836. President Jackson appoints R. M. Patterson as "Director of the Mint of the United States." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Jackson and countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsyth. The white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact. Beautifully mounted, matted, and framed with a portrait and medal …

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ALS signed “M. Van Buren,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, November 23, 1855. Handwritten letter to "My dear Son," in part: "I have a letter from Kimble fixing Wednesday of next week for your visit to me…I am not yet fairly over a cold I took coming home, & should not have a moment to entertain the idea of visiting N. York nor any other place this winter." In fine c…

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Scarce manuscript DS, signed "Wm. H. Harrison, A D C," one page, 7.25 x 3.25, February 22, 1795. Harrison orders two days of rations for six men and states "the contractor will issue eighteen rations at Greenville." Signed at the bottom by Harrison. Affixed to a slightly larger mount. In fine condition, with scattered light staining. Harrison, who was then serving as Anthony Wayne's aide-de-c…

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ALS as president, one page, 8 x 10, January 26, 1842. Letter to prominent Philadelphia lawyer Horace Binney, in full: "I took the liberty, on being informed of the death of Judge Hopkinson, of nominating you to the Senate as his successor to the judicial station so long and so usefully held by him. I did this without previously consulting you, upon the principle that it was every way my duty to m…

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Scarce ALS as vice president, one page, 8 x 10, April 6, 1850. Handwritten letter, in full: "I have your letter of the 4th inst. The name of the Attorney General of New York is Chatfield, but his given name I do not recollect. A letter addressed to 'The Attorney General, Albany, N.Y.,' will be sufficient." In fine condition. Fillmore served as vice president for only 16 months before asce…

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Civil War-dated ALS as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 8 x 10, Executive Mansion letterhead, April 23, 1862. Handwritten letter by President Lincoln, displaying his sharp legal talents while ensuring that the federal government is not defrauded in the requisition of arms during the Civil War. In full: "It is said that in the case of the contract of S. Dingee & Co., in re…

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Civil War-dated partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 15.5 x 18.5, March 24, 1863. President Lincoln appoints John Long as a "Hospital Chaplain" in the service of the United States. Signed at the conclusion in ink by Abraham Lincoln, and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. A replacement homemade seal has been applied to the upper left. In very good to fine condition, wi…

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Civil War-dated ANS as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” penned at the top of a letter sent by John E. Rohrer to Ohio Congressman Samuel S. Cox on behalf of John D. Davis, a Confederate prisoner of war at Camp Morton in Indianapolis. The letter, one page, both sides, 5 x 8, January 3, 1865, is penned in the upper right of the reverse by President Lincoln: “Let this man takes the o…

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Collection of 14 items individually signed by the cabinet members of President Abraham Lincoln, which includes: Montgomery Blair (ALS), Caleb B. Smith (ALS), Simon Cameron (LS); Gideon Welles (DS), William H. Seward (partial DS), and ink and pencil signatures of Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin, Edwin M. Stanton, James Speed, Hugh McCulloch, William Dennison, John Palmer Usher, Edward Bates, and S…

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Rare ALS, one page, 8 x 10, January 28, 1850. Handwritten letter to Secretary of the Treasury William M. Meredith, in full: "Will you be kind enough to inform me what kind debentures the Smithson fund consist, the prospect of their being paid and when—the original amount received by the United States—the amount of interest paid out of the Treasury upon the same and whether that intere…

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ALS signed “Rutherford B. Hayes,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.5, April 9, 1890. Handwritten letter to L. Clark Davis, assistant editor of the Public Ledger in Philadelphia, concerning a potential letter of recommendation for a commission to West Point or Annapolis. In part: "In this case I am ready to do whatever you wish. I must, however, frankly tell you how little …

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Fascinating grouping of correspondence from William H. Taft to President Woodrow Wilson in relation to the impending ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, consisting of two typed letters and a typed memorandum, five pages in total, with each bearing handwritten notations by Taft. Each missive is accompanied by its rough draft. The first letter, one onionskin page, 8 x 10.5, March 18, 1919, i…

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White House card, 4.25 x 2.75, signed neatly in crisp black ink, "Wm. H. Taft." In very good to fine condition, with a faint block of toning, and old mounting evidence on the reverse.

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TLS, one page, 6 x 7, personal letterhead, January 2, 1911. Letter to Lewis Minor Coleman, the U.S. District Attorney for East Tennessee, in part: "I can hardly say how I myself feel about the possibility of my becoming a candidate for the Presidential nomination in 1912. My present sincere belief is that I should saw wood at home and not think about 1912 at all. I cannot be blind to the fact how…

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Two items: a TLS as president, signed "Warren G. Harding," one page, 6.75 x 7.5, White House letterhead, April 20, 1921, to Henry R. Schaffner, general business manager of The Marion Star, in part: "I am in receipt of the enclosed bill for dues to the Marion Club. It was my understanding that the Harding Company covered three memberships to the Club. I will be glad to have mine included in the li…

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TLS as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, signed “F. D. Roosevelt,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, Secretary of the Navy letterhead, October 29, 1914. Letter to Annabel Crinnion, in part: "The Department notes that you have been granted a patent for life-saving suits for war ships, and your inquiry as to whether the Navy Department would be interested in receiving further information in regard to…

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TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, November 29, 1940. Letter to Governor A. Harry Moore of New Jersey, in full: "It was good to get your letter of November 27, and to hear that you are ready to dedicate the Thomas Alva Edison bridge. I am sorry that I can not be present at these ceremonies, but if my present plans work out I expect to be on a brief vacation in the South…

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