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A Thomas Jefferson autograph is common enough as the President signed many documents and letters in his day without help from a secretary.  Prices start at just $3,500.  But in 2011, we were lucky enough to obtain on consignment one of the most valuable examples of a Thomas Jefferson autograph.  It sold for $226,871.  In fact, it didn’t even have a Thomas Jefferson autograph.  He wrote the letter entirely in his hand but he did not sign it.  In autograph trade terms, that is called a Thomas Jefferson autograph letter rather than a Thomas Jefferson autograph letter signed.  However, the letter just happened to deal with the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

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Thomas Jefferson Handwritten Report as President Regarding the Lewis & Clark Expedition — “…Capt. Lewis who has been sent to explore the Missouri to its source & thence to pursue the nearest water communication to the South sea, passed the last winter among the savages 1600 miles up the Missouri. Deputies from the great nations in that quarter (2500 miles from hence) are now on their way to visit us. Lewis finds the Indians every where friendly. He will probably set back in 1806…”

Exceptional, museum-worthy report, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson as President, regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Letter is addressed to William Jarvis of the U.S. consul in Lisbon, Portugal, dated 6 July 1805, describing the historic expedition that Jefferson authorized during his Presidency. In its entirety: “Sir / Since my letters of the 19th & 20th of July 1804 I have received your favors of Oct. 6 Nov. 14-25 Dec. 3 1806 & May 15 1805. As also some articles of fruits & for which I may you accept my acknowledgments. The pipe of Arruda vine came also safely to hand, and is indeed of very superior quality. I should be glad to receive always of exactly the same quality, adhering to the rule of putting no brandy to them. I had been for some time expecting your draught [draft] for the amount; but as you mention in your last that when you forward another pipe you will draw for both, I shall hold myself in readiness, and will be glad the vine would come out in autumn, so as to be here before the winter sets in. It gives me much pleasure to see a hope that Portugal may be able to preserve her neutrality. That a government so just & inoffensive should be forced into a war with which it has nothing to do shows the most profligate disregard to human rights. It is a great felicity to us and it secures all our other felicities, that so wide an ocean is spread between us & the lions & tygers of Europe, as enables us to go forward in the path of justice and independence fearing nothing but our creator. The great powers of Europe could do us injury by sea & on our shores. But the spirit of independence in the country at large they can never bend. We are now suffering from privateers on our coast, and are therefore fitting out a naval force to go & force them to keep a reasonable distance from our shores. Capt. Lewis who has been sent to explore the Missouri to its source & thence to pursue the nearest water communication to the South sea, passed the last winter among the savages 1600 miles up the Missouri. Deputies from the great nations in that quarter (2500 miles from hence) are now on their way to visit us. Lewis finds the Indians every where friendly. He will probably set back in 1806. Receipt my friendly salutations and assurances of respect.” Document measures 8″ x 10″ on two pages, with integral fly-leaf addressed to Jarvis in the hand of Jefferson’s secretary. Toning and folds throughout, with minor tape residue at top and a tiny chip at lower right corner. Near fine condition with bold, legible handwriting. An important piece of handwritten history by the President who commissioned America’s greatest exploration adventure. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A near exact copy of this letter resides in the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Papers. One of the two letters was produced by Jefferson’s polygraph machine (used from 1804 until his death), which provided an immediate copy of his handwritten letters. Though impossible to determine which copy was produced by the pen that Jefferson held, Jefferson typically kept the machine-produced letter as a copy for himself. Since this letter was mailed to William Jarvis (unlike the letter in the LOC), it’s probable that this letter was the one handwritten by Jefferson. Sold for $226,871.

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We have also sold the following Thomas Jefferson autograph items:

Thomas Jefferson Scarce Signed 1st Edition of the First U.S. Census — One of Only a Handful Signed & Ratified by Jefferson

Extremely rare Thomas Jefferson signed first edition of the first U.S. census, one of only a handful of Jefferson signed copies sold at auction in the last 40 years. As Secretary of State, Jefferson called for the first official census, and ratified the results of only a handful, this being one of them, signed boldly ”Th: Jefferson” on page 56. Published in Philadelphia: Childs and Swaine, 1791. Full title reads, ”Return of the Whole Number of Persons Within the Several Districts of the United States, According to ‘An Act Providing for the Enumeration of the Inhabitants of the Unites States’. Printed in a small number for distribution by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, and from his direct descendant, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge Jr., with Mr. Coolidge’s crested label to front pastedown. Bound in 19th century half-morocco and marbled boards, book measures 5” x 7.25”. This copy appears to be one of the very first printings of the first edition, as it lacks the tipped-in late-returning results from South Carolina often found on page 54. The lower margins of pages 34, 42 and 43 have been shaved by binder, otherwise copy is near fine with a touch of toning and foxing. Volume also includes a press copy of an autograph letter signed by Jefferson, affixed to rear endpaper, dated 8 October 1797, measuring 6.5” x 7.75”. Letter concerns a quarterly dividend of ”a few dollars over 300”, payable to Col. James Monroe. A rare opportunity for the very first census of the United States, signed by its 3rd President, with other such copies selling for approx. $100,000. Sold for $66,435.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

George Washington & Thomas Jefferson Large 1793 Document Signed by Washington as President and Jefferson as Secretary of State

Scarce single-page document dated 8 October 1793 signed by President George Washington, “Go: Washington” and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson “Th: Jefferson” printed in three columns in French, English and Dutch. Issued to “Gabriel Haven, master and commander of the Brigantine called The Betsey of New York lying at present in the port of New York bound for the West Indies and laden with Onions and Flour.” The middle panel contains Washington and Jefferson’s signatures in ink along with New York Mayor Richard Varick and of John Lamb, Collector of Customs for the Port of New York. The United States of America and Mayoralty of New York paper seals are intact on the document, which measures 12.5″ x 16″ and is displayed in a 15.5″ x 21.5″ frame. Slight toning, folds and some chipping; overall very good. Sold for $26,502.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Scared Governor Thomas Jefferson Autograph March 1781 Letter Signed Stating the the British Have Arrived in Virginia As He Readies for the Conflict of Lafayette’s Troops & Benedict Arnold’s Raiders

Thomas Jefferson autograph letter signed, “Th: Jefferson” as Governor of Virginia. From Richmond, Virginia, on 21 March 1781, Jefferson writes to General George Weedon regarding Benedict Arnold’s raid on Richmond in January; here, Jefferson offers strategies to prepare his men to face the turncoat traitor. With limited knowledge of the whereabouts of the various armies, Jefferson hatches a plan of action, writing: “…As I am certainly informed by Commodore Barron that the fleet arrived is British, I become anxious lest the expected French fleet not knowing of this incident may come into the bay. Should the Marquis Fayette be returned to the north side of the river, I make no doubt but he will have taken what cautionary measures are in his power and necessary. Should he not be returned I must beg the favour of you immediately to send off a vessel from York to the eastern shore (which is supposed to be practicable) with the enclosed letter to Col. Avery, the purport of which is to send out two good lookout boats from the seaside of that shore to apprize the French commander, should he be approaching, of the situation of things here. You will, of course, caution the master of the vessel to destroy the letters confided to him in case of inevitable capture…” Unbeknownst to Jefferson, the French and British had shown up and fought the Battle of Cape Henry the week prior. Measures 7.25″ x 9″. Single page letter has toning, some separation to horizontal fold, and seal hole, else near fine. Published in the “Papers of Thomas Jefferson,” 5:203. Sold for $25,000.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Historically Important Thomas Jefferson Letter Signed as President — Jefferson Sends the 12th Amendment to be Ratified, Thereby Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis of a Tie to Elect the President

Important Thomas Jefferson autograph letter signed “Th Jefferson” as President, dated 13 December 1803 from Washington. Letter, addressed to an unnamed Governor, sends a copy of proposed 12th amendment of the Constitution (not present) concerning the election of President and Vice-President. As described by the original provisions of the Constitution, each elector was to vote for two presidential candidates, and the candidate with the greater number of votes would then become president. In the election of 1800, the number of electoral votes for Jefferson and Burr were the same, leaving the responsibility of breaking the tie to the House of Representatives. The deadlock that ensued resulted in a crisis of uncertainty that was only resolved when Jefferson finally received a sufficient majority of state delegates on the 36th round of balloting. To prevent the possibility of the recurrence of such a crisis, several states proposed the amendment that accompanied the present letter. Reads in part: “…At the request of the Senate and the H. of Rep. of the U.S. I transmit to you a copy of an article of amendment proposed by Congress to be added to the constitution of the U.S. respecting the election of President and Vice-President to be laid before the legislature of the State over which you preside…” 7.5″ x 9.75″ document on one page is beautifully matted to 17.25″ x 14″ with a photo of Jefferson. Slight toning, dampstaining and expected folds else very good condition. Sold for $24,000.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph.

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Written Days After Benedict Arnold Captures and Destroys Richmond Which Makes Thomas Jefferson Flee, the Governor Asks that the Troops Halt Action for 1 Day to Add to Their Numbers & Refresh

Thomas Jefferson signs “Th: Jefferson” as Governor of Virginia to an autograph letter. Datelined Richmond, 11 January 1781, 4 p.m. the letter to Brigadier General George Weedon discusses Benedict Arnold’s raid of Richmond: “…If they should pass Burwell’s ferry…your whole attention should be pointed to Fredsbrg. They have had the winds at their command & I am persuaded are at this moment either past Burwell’s ferry or in Williamsburg…By halting a day you will refresh your men, & perhaps increase your numbers so as to render your approach to Williamsburg more safe and more effectually relieving…I cannot do better now than to leave you master of your own actions, as events may become known to you sooner than to me, which might render any thing positive not only improper but mischievous…” Large 7.75″ x 13″ letter is contained on one long page, ideal for framing. Chipping to edges, else near fine. Published in Papers of Thomas Jefferson,” 4:339-340. Sold for $22,900.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

George Washington Document Signed as President, Also Signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson autograph document signed as President and Secretary of State. Datelined Philadelphia on 8 March 1792, document appoints “Zachariah Rhodes of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations…Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Patuxet”. Vellum document measures 14.25″ x 12″ with intact red wax-based paper seal. Repaired separation and paper loss along folds, and light soiling. Signatures of “Go. Washington” and “Th. Jefferson” are large and remain strong. Sold for $20,406.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson 1779 Signed Autograph Letter

Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter “Th. Jefferson” as Governor of Virginia, to [Benjamin Harrison]. Dateline reads, “In Council June 7, 1779.” 1 page, oblong 4to, minor spotting, otherwise good condition. An important unpublished letter to Benjamin Harrison, Speaker of the House of Delegates of Virginia, pertaining to financial crisis in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, elected governor by a joint ballot of both houses of the legislature on June 1, 1779, accepted the position willingly. Only a week after he took office, Jefferson received an urgent request for funds from the Continental Congress. Letter reads: “The inclosed resolutions & acts of Congress came yesterday by earness from Philadelphia. I do myself the honor of inclosing them to you with the letters which accompanied them & requesting the favor of you to lay them before the General assembly. I am Sir/ With the utmost respect/ Your most obedient/ & most humble serv’t/ Th. Jefferson (signed).” A fine Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter. Sold for $17,625.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph Ship’s Paper Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State — Rare

Thomas Jefferson signed slip, “Th. Jefferson”. Signature in black ink appears on a slip mounted to a slightly larger slip, measuring 3.5″ x 2″ overall. Uniform toning to slip, in very good condition. Sold for $13,401.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Signed Autograph Letter

Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter “Th: Jefferson” to an unknown recipient, Monticello, [VA] 1 November 1817. 1 page 8vo, tape stains at folds. A recommendation given by Jefferson for his grand-nephew John Carr. Jefferson’s sister Martha married Dabney Carr in 1765, but upon Dabney’s death in 1773, Martha brought her six children to live at Monticello. Jefferson developed a particularly close relationship with his nephews and their children. In 1817 Jefferson championed his grand-nephew’s enlistment in the navy with this letter of recommendation that may have been delivered directly to Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Crowninshield: “The bearer of this, Mr. John Carr, the son of a nephew of mine, was I believe unregistered on the roll of midshipmen about two years ago. His time since that has been employed at school to improve his qualifications, and he now goes on to enter on the duties which may be prescribed to him. He is a young man of excellent character. His father who goes on with him will be able to inform you of his age, course of studies, and any other particulars which may be of importance. Any favor you can show to him will be gratefully acknowledged by myself.” Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter in very good condition. Sold for $12,925.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Four-Language Ship’s Paper Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State

Thomas Jefferson autograph four-language ship’s paper signed as President, dated 7 October 1801. Document, translated in English, Spanish, French and Dutch, permits the brig Hope to pass from New Haven to Martineco under the command of Daniel Morris. Jefferson signs ”Th: Jefferson” to middle of partially printed document, with Madison’s signature, ”James Madison” underneath. Measures 17” x 22”. Some toning along folds and a few places of archival reinforcement to verso. Very good plus. Sold for $9,983.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson 1825 Signed Autograph Letter

Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter to Reverend Frederick Hatch, Monticello, 30 January 1825. Jefferson lived the lavish life of the Virginia planter class and was forced to make substantial entertaining expenditures during his presidency. Unfortunately, his income could not cover his costs. He writes to Hatch to settle an account of debt, reads in full: “I should sooner have complied with the request of yours of the 26th but that I had asked the account of another person which I had wished to include in the same draught on Richm and I expected to have received it yesterday, but being disappointed I send you a separate draught for which Mr. Raphael will I expect give you the cash. Accept my friendly salutations.” Signed boldly as “Th: Jefferson.” 1 page 4to, folds professionally repaired. Reverend Hatch, an Episcopal minister taught Jefferson’s grandsons at a school in Charlottesville. Jefferson graciously paid the boys schooling expenses and it seems likely that the debt at hand involved their education. When Jefferson died it was the Reverend Hatch who performed the funeral services. An excellent Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter. Sold for $9,952.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter Signed 1811

Thomas Jefferson autograph letter signed as the attorney for Revolutionary War hero General Thaddeus Kosciusko of Poland. Datelined Monticello, 29 June 1811, Jefferson writes to the Bank of Pennsylvania in part: “…Be pleased to have paiment [sic] made to John Barnes or order of all dividends which shall become due on the 1st day of July…for the shares of stock held by Genl Thaddeus Kosciusko…for which this shall be your sufficient voucher…Thos Jefferson Atty for Genl Thad. Kosciusko…” After retiring to Monticello in 1809, Jefferson fell into debt and was forced to turn to friends, like Thaddeus Kosciusko, for financial assistance. Here Jefferson, acting as Kosciusko’s attorney, authorizes the Bank of Pennsylvania to pay funds in order to satisfy part of his debts. Years later, after fire destroyed the Library of Congress, Jefferson sold his beloved 6,500 volume book collection to the United States for $23,950 rather than default on loans from his friends. Letter is handsomely framed & matted with a portrait of Jefferson and two plaques to an overall 24.75″ x 22″. Fine condition. Sold for $8,880.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph 1792 Document Signed as Secretary of State — Regarding An Act Passed by Second Congress Requiring Ships to Have Means of Obtaining Fresh Water From Salt Water

Thomas Jefferson autograph document signed ”Th: Jefferson” as Secretary of State. Dated 8 May 1792 from Philadelphia, printed document is headed, ”Second Congress / of the / United States” and reads in full, ”Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury cause to be provided, for the use of several collectors in the United States, printed clearances, on the back whereof shall be printed an account of the methods, which have been found to answer for obtaining fresh, from salt water, and of constructing extempore stills, of such implements, as are generally on board of every vessel, with a recommendation, in all cases, where they shall have occasion to resort to this expedient for obtaining water, to publish the result of their trial in some gazette, on their return to the United States, or to communicate it for publication, to the office of the Secretary of State, in order that others may, by their success, be encouraged to make similar trials, and be benefitted by any improvements or new ideas, which may occur to them in practice.” Signed ”Th: Jefferson” beneath a line of print attesting that the act was ”Deposited among the Rolls in the Office of the Secretary of State.” Also signed in type by George Washington, Jonathan Trumbull, and Richard Henry Lee. One-page document measures 9.5” x 15” on watermarked laid paper that has been archivally repaired on verso. Near fine condition. Sold for $7,500.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Signed Free Frank — Envelope Filled Out in Jefferson’s Hand

Thomas Jefferson autograph free frank envelope, signed ”free / Th: Jefferson” to upper left corner. Free frank envelope is hand-addressed by Jefferson to Dr. John B. Cutting in Washington, and bears red postage cancellation stamp reading ”Charl VA / Dec. 10” next to Jefferson’s signature. Measures 9.75” x 7.75” unfolded, with center panel measuring 5” x 3.5”. Folds and toning. In very good condition with still bold handwriting. Sold for $6,250.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Ship’s Paper Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State

Thomas Jefferson autograph ship’s paper signed as President, and countersigned by then Secretary of State James Madison on 24 December 1802. Jefferson and Madison each sign to bottom of document, ”Th Jefferson” and ”James Madison”, permitting the ship ”Mercury” to travel internationally, often through violent seas patrolled by Great Britain. Partially printed document is beautifully matted and framed to 41.5” x 27”. Document itself, with scalloped top edge, measures 11” x 18”. Weighs 18 lbs. Folds and light fading. Very good to near fine condition. Sold for $6,050.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Autograph 1805 Document Signed as President — Sea Passport With Scalloped Top — Countersigned by James Madison

President Thomas Jefferson signs a Mediterranean Sea passport, dated 1 July 1805. Single page scalloped-top vellum document reads in part, “…the Ship Hermoine of Biddeford [Maine], Solomon Hopkins — master or commander, of the burthen of Two Hundred Twenty Five of 83/95 tons or thereabouts, mounted with no guns, navigated with Nine men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize, without any hindrance, seizure or molestation the said ship appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States…” Signed, “Th. Jefferson”. James Madison countersigns as Secretary of State. Maritime vignettes at the top of the document are cut away in a scallop pattern; this practice resulted from the Barbary Coast Wars and was a requirement of the U.S. treaty of 5 September 1795 with the Dey of Algiers. The upper portion was sent to the American Consul in Algiers who then distributed it to Algerine warships so that it could be examined and compared with its counterpart held by the commander of the ship in question. No American ship carrying such a passport was to be harmed. An intact blind embossed paper and wax seal is affixed in the lower left corner of the document, where “Number 199″ appears. Docketing is present on the verso. Light toning, minor staining and tape residue to 10″ x 14.5” passport. Minor creasing to both signatures, overall very good condition. Lot includes prints of engravings of Jefferson and Madison. Sold for $6,024.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph Land Grant Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State

Thomas Jefferson autograph document signed, “Th. Jefferson”, granting land in the northwest territory to veterans of the Continental Army. Vellum document datelined Washington, 22 April 1803 is also countersigned by future President James Madison as then Secretary of State. With fully intact paper covered red wax seal, document measures 12″ x 14.25″. Small paper loss along folds, otherwise in near fine condition with bold signatures. Accompanied by 9″ x 13.75″ engraving of Jefferson and complete transcription of document. Sold for $5,841.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson & James Madison Signed 1804 Ship’s Passport — Beautifully Framed Display

As President, Thomas Jefferson signs his name in black ink as “Th: Jefferson” to a 4-language ship’s passport for the “Roeback” on 18 July 1804. Jefferson’s succeeding President, James Madison, also signs his name in full at right in black ink while serving as Secretary of State. Document retains its paper covered seals and is printed in 4 languages: French, Spanish, English and Dutch, respectively. Document measures 20.5″ x 16.5″, framed to 29″ x 36.5″. Weighs 12.6 lbs. Folds and minor wear to edges including small tears, overall very good condition. Sold for $5,787.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Ship’s Paper Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State — Scarce

Ornate scalloped ship’s paper, boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. The ship’s paper authorizes the passage of a ship, though neither dated nor filled in with specifics as to which ship was allowed safe passage. With bold, clear signatures by Jefferson, “Th:Jefferson” and Madison, “James Madison” at lower right. Jefferson’s signature is large, measuring 2″ x 1″. Reads in full: “Suffer the [ ] master and commander, of the brethren of [ ] tons or thereabouts, mounted with guns, navigated with [ ] men. To pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said [ ] appearing, by good testimony, to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States, and to him or them only. Given under the Hand and the Seal of the United States of America, the [ ] day of [ ] in the year of our lord one thousand [ ] hundred and [ ].” With two vignettes at top of a lighthouse and a sailboat. Original blindstamped seal with some water spotting intact at lower left. Document measures 11.5″ x 18″ with fading, creasing and folds throughout. Two tiny pinholes along left vertical fold. Very good condition overall. Sold for $5,644.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Autograph Military Land Grant Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison document signed as President and Secretary of State respectively, datelined Washington, 20 May 1801. In this document granting land to American Revolutionary War veteran Holt Richerson, Jefferson and Madison assign land along the Little Miami River. Richerson served as Lt. Colonel of the 7th Virginia Regiment from 9 October 1777 to 10 May 1779, and thereafter was deputy sheriff of King William County. Visible portion of single page document measures 12.5” x 14.5”, framed to 18.5” x 20.75”. Not examined out of frame, but in very good condition with small loss at intersecting folds and hole next to paper seal. Sold for $5,625.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Four-Language Ship’s Paper Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State

Thomas Jefferson autograph document signed as President, countersigned by future President James Madison as Secretary of State. Four language ship’s papers allow the brig ”Sarah” to sail from the port of Philadelphia to Bilboa. The high seas were dangerous at this time, as the English often seized American ships, leading to Jefferson’s 1807 trade embargo and ultimately the War of 1812. Dated 18 June 1803, Jefferson signs in the English portion, ”Th. Jefferson”. With two red wax paper-backed seals intact. Document measures 20” x 16”. Small portions of paper loss and archival tape repairs to verso. Overall very good condition. Sold for $5,500.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson & James Madison Signed 1807 Ship’s Passport

As President, Thomas Jefferson signs his name in black ink “Th: Jefferson” to a ship’s passport concerning the “Brig Betsey of York” on 21 May 1807. Jefferson’s succeeding President, James Madison, also signs his name in full at lower right in black ink while serving as Secretary of State. Document retains its paper covered seal at lower left and includes decorative nautical illustrations at top with scalloped edge. Matted and framed next to portrait engravings of each President. Single page vellum document measures 12″ x 17″, framed to 32″ x 26″. Weighs 8.8 lbs. Expected wear to vellum document with folds, portion missing at upper left and some discoloration; overall very good condition. Sold for $5,291.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Ship’s Papers Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison

Thomas Jefferson ship’s papers signed as President. Attractive vellum document shows naval vignettes intercut with a scalloped top edge designed to mimic ocean waves, complete with red wax-based paper seal. Signed by the President, “Th. Jefferson” at bottom right, and also “James Madison” as Secretary of State. Document is dated 16 April 1806, with ship’s information filled out, but faded. Document measures 10.25″ x 15.5″. Madison’s signature is faded and Jefferson’s less so. Folds and a few pinholes, overall very good condition. Sold for $4,870.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Autograph 1806 Document Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison

Thomas Jefferson autograph land grant signed as President, dated 7 April 1806. Here, Jefferson acknowledges that a Jacob Hauk has made payment for the “Northwest Quarter of Lot or Section Number Thirteen” in Steubenville, Ohio and thus has been granted the quarter lot of land. The document is signed “Th. Jefferson” at conclusion and is also signed by Secretary of State “James Madison.” Document measures 16″ x 8.5″. Luxuriously matted and framed to an overall size of 49″ x 27.25″, with portraits and nameplates for both Jefferson and Madison. Some toning and folds throughout, with trimmed edges and one small tear at center, overall very good condition. Original blindstamped U.S. seal intact at lower left corner. Sold for $4,750.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Signature

Thomas Jefferson’s signature, ”Th: Jefferson” as President. Jefferson signs a partial document, dated 25 October 1804. Countersigned by Deputy Collector John Graff and another signer. Measures 5” x 2”. Mounted to a green slip to an overall size of 5.5” x 2.5”. Light staining and irregular edges, else near fine. Sold for $4,469.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Signed Free Frank as Governor of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson free frank signed ”Th: Jefferson” as Governor of Virginia. Sent to Brigadier General Weedon at the Hanover Courthouse, document still bears original red wax seal, ideal for framing. Free frank dates to Jefferson’s gubernatorial term from 1779-1781. He wrote the Statue of Religious freedom in Weedon’s tavern in 1777 and called upon Weedon to lead the Virginia militia in the Yorktown campaign the following year. Measures 13” x 6.5”. Toning, creasing, and chipping to top edge. Pinholes to fold intersections. Very good condition with attractive signature. Sold for $4,468.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Autograph Document Signed as President & Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State — Ship’s Papers From Salem, Massachusetts

Thomas Jefferson ship’s papers signed as President, in Salem, Massachusetts, dated 19 July 1808. Four-language document, also signed by James Madison as Secretary of State, reads in part: “…that leave and permission are hereby given…to depart and proceed…having made oath before the proper officer, that the said schooner [Two Brothers] belongs to one or more of the citizens of the United States of America, and to him or them only…” Signed: “Th:Jefferson”. Framed single page document measures 16.5″ x 20″ with two paper seals affixed to left edge. Tears along folds archivally mended. Ink is smudged in several places; Jefferson’s signature has minor smudging though it stands out clearly in center of document. Overall in very good condition. Sold for $4,440.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Signature

Thomas Jefferson clipped signature, framed with an engraving of the third U.S. President. Signed ”Th: Jefferson”, slip measures 2.25” x 1”, framed to an overall size of 11.25” x 14.75”. Spot of foxing to signature, otherwise near fine. Sold for $4,375.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Signature — Beautifully Framed With an Engraving of Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson signature “Th. Jefferson”, framed with an engraving of the President and Declaration of Independence author. Slip measures 2.25″ x 1″, framed to a size of 15.5″ x 18″. Near fine condition. Sold for $4,369.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Rare Thomas Jefferson Slip Signed as President — With PSA/DNA COA

Thomas Jefferson slip signed as President. Slip is a portion of a document signed, ”Th Jefferson” in ink to the right of the printed statement, ”By the President”. Measures approximately 3.25” x 1.25”. Matted and framed with an image of Jefferson to an overall size of 13.5” x 17”. Toning and creasing, else near fine. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $4,061.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

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Thomas Jefferson’s Autograph

Thomas Jefferson’s signature, “Th. Jefferson”. Signature in black ink appears on a slip mounted to a slightly larger slip, measuring approximately 3.5″ x 2″ overall. Toning and foxing to mat, else near fine. Sold for $3,896.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Ship’s Papers Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison

Thomas Jefferson ship’s papers signed as President. Attractive vellum document shows naval vignettes intercut with a scalloped top edge designed to mimic ocean waves, complete with red wax-based paper seal. Signed by the President, ”Th. Jefferson” at bottom right, and also ”James Madison” as Secretary of State. Document is dated 16 April 1806, with ship’s information filled out, but faded. Document measures 10.25” x 15.5”. Madison’s signature is faded and Jefferson’s less so. Folds and a few pinholes, overall very good condition. Sold for $3,750.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph Document Signed as President — Countersigned by James Madison

Thomas Jefferson land grant signed as President, dated 7 June 1808. Here, Jefferson appoints a quarter lot of land in Cincinnati to Joseph Gripe. Reads in part, “…Having deposited in the Treasury a certificate of the Register of the Land office at Cincinnati where it appears that full payment has been made for the fourth east quarter of lot…of township number five, in range number Four (East of a meridian line drawn from the…great Miami River) of the Lands directed to be sold at Cincinnati…” The document is signed “Th. Jefferson” at conclusion and is also signed by Secretary of State James Madison. Ornate wood frame with complementing maroon fabric mat measures 32″ x 21.5″. Letter, measuring 13.5″ x 8.25″, is in very good condition with wrinkling and folds. Original U.S. seal at lower left corner. Sold for $3,032.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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Thomas Jefferson Partial Free Frank Envelope Signed as President

Thomas Jefferson partial free frank envelope signed as President, “free / Th. Jefferson Pr. US.” Signature measures 2″ x 1″, enclosed in an ornate 13″ x 15″ wood frame that includes a matted engraving of Jefferson. Frank is lightly smudged over Jefferson’s name, otherwise bold and clear. Very good condition. Sold for $3,032.

Thomas Jefferson Autograph

Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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