Lot #4
John Adams

Prominently signed ship's pass for Gloucester's "Brig Alligator"
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Estimate: $4000+


Prominently signed ship's pass for Gloucester's "Brig Alligator"

Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 11.5 x 16.5, July 16, 1798. Gorgeous ship's pass, in part: "By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Brig Alligator, Abraham Williams Junior master or commander, of the burthen of Eighty Nine tons or thereabouts…To Pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize, without any hindrance, seizure or molestation." Prominently signed at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. The clean white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains intact. Matted and framed to an overall size of 15.5 x 22. In fine condition, with one small area of vellum loss which affects none of the text. With its large, striking lighthouse vignette at the top and exceedingly bold signatures, this is a supremely attractive example of an Adams presidential document in a wonderful format.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #576 - Ended February 05, 2020

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