Lot #2
John Quincy Adams Document Signed as President

President Adams welcomes a Massachusetts justice to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Estimate: $800+

Description

President Adams welcomes a Massachusetts justice to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Partly-printed DS as president, signed “John Quincy Adams,” one page, 13.75 x 9.25, May 24, 1825. Unusual American Academy of Arts and Sciences document certifying election of Samuel S. Wilde as "a Fellow of their Society." Boldly signed at the conclusion in ink by President John Quincy Adams, and countersigned by the famous orator Edward Everett, Harvard President John Thornton Kirkland, and historian James Savage. The white paper seal affixed at the bottom remains intact. Handsomely double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 26 x 15.5. In very good to fine condition, with multiple vertical folds.

At the time he signed this document, Adams was serving both as president of the United States and president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a learned society co-founded by his father in 1780. An associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Samuel Wilde had served as a representative to the Hartford Convention in 1814-15.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #643 - Ended September 14, 2022





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