Lot #172
Elbridge Gerry Autograph Letter Signed

"Present me in the most respectful & cordial terms to the President & his Lady"
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Estimate: $3000+


"Present me in the most respectful & cordial terms to the President & his Lady"

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744-1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as 'gerrymandering.' ALS as vice president, signed "E. Gerry," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, December 9, 1813. Letter to President Madison's brother-in-law, Richard Cutts, who had recently been named Superintendent General of Military Stores. In part: "I was informed yesterday by the Cashier of the State Bank, that he had transmitted to you my draft on the Treasury of the UStates for a quarter salary. I have addressed to the acting Secretary a letter of this date on the subject. I should have written to him before, but had intended to have been in Washington on or before the day of the Session of Congress; a measure in which I was defeated by the sudden sickness of several of my family. Enclosed is my letter to the Secretary for your perusal; after which please to seal it, & send it to him. The loss of interest to the Bank I will make good, if delay shall have happened by my unexpected absence, in the payment of the draft. Present me in the most respectful & cordial terms to the President & his Lady." Matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 15.75 x 13.75. In fine condition, with a few small stains.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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