Tremendous four-language ship’s papers for a 1799 voyage from New Bedford
Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 21.5 x 17.5, April 2, 1799. Four-language ship's paper issued to "Elkanah Talman of New Bedford, master or commander of the Ship called the Minerva…lying at present in the port of N. York, bound for Londonderry and laden with Flaxseed & Staves." Prominently signed at center by President Adams and countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. Both affixed white paper seals remain fully intact. In very good condition, with paper loss along the split intersecting folds, which have been reinforced with tape on the reverse. A scarce and sought-after oversized format, boasting a large signature of America's second president.
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