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AMERICA AT SEA: ADAMS signs a 1798 naval appointment

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AMERICA AT SEA: ADAMS signs a 1798 naval appointment

Excellent partly printed DS boldly signed as president, one page on vellum, 13 x 8.75, August 15, 1798. A commission for David Stickney as 1st Lieutenant of Marines in the Navy. Prior to his enlistment, Stickney (1774–1820) was a silversmith in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Ben. Stoddert and by Ch[arles] W. Goldsborough, who later served in the same position on an interim basis during the Madison administration. Light intersecting folds (well away from signature) and expected wrinkling, and a very subtle hint of toning at perimeter, otherwise fine, bright, clean condition. An exceptionally handsome and beautifully preserved example! Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #338 - Ended October 15, 2008