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William H Harrison 4 Language Ship’s Passport Signed. Sold for About $100,000.

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William Henry Harrison Document Signed as President — The Scarcest Presidential Autograph, With Only 12 Privately-Owned Signed Documents in Existence

William Henry Harrison full four-language ship’s paper signed as President, undated though of course sometime between 4 March and 4 April 1841. Countersigned by Daniel Webster as Secretary of State. Having only served one month in office before dying of complications from a cold, documents signed by Harrison as President are exceptionally scarce. In fact, only 24 Harrison presidential documents (twelve in private hands and twelve in institutions), three presidential autograph letters signed, and two presidential manuscript letters signed are known to exist, with many of the examples simply being his clipped signature with “President” printed beneath. This document, an exceptionally well-preserved four-language ship’s paper is boldly signed “W.H. Harrison” to the mid-right section. It was customary at the time for Presidents and the cabinet to sign ship’s papers in advance of their use for the convenience of the local officials who gave them to American merchant vessels bound overseas. This document is no exception, as portions were left blank. Printed in French, Spanish, English and Dutch, the English portion reads in part: “William Henry Harrison, President of the United States of America, To all who shall see these presents…By the President / Most Serene, Serene, Most Puissant, Puissant, High, Illustrious, Noble, Honorable, Venerable, Wise, and Prudent Lords, Emperors, Kings, Republics, Princes, Dukes, Earls, Barons, Lords, Burgomasters, Schepens, Counsellors, as also Judges, Officers, Justiciaries, and Regents of all the good cities and places, whether Ecclesiastical or Secular, who shall see these patents or hear them read: We [blank] make known, that the master of [blank] appearing before us, has declared, upon oath, that the vessel called [blank] of the burden of about [blank] tons, which he at present navigates, is of the United States of America, and that no subjects of the present belligerent Powers have any part or portion therein, directly or indirectly, so my God Almighty help him [blank] And, as we wish to see the said master prosper in his lawful affairs, or our prayer is, to all the beforementioned, and to each of them separately, where the said master shall arrive with his vessel and cargo, that they may please to receive the said master with goodness, and to treat him in a becoming manner, permitting him, on paying the usual tolls and expenses in passing and repassing, to pass, navigate, and frequent the ports, passes, and territories, to the end to transact his business, where and in what manner he shall judge proper.” Harrison signs his name, “W.H. Harrison” boldly and clearly on the fourth panel, the Dutch portion of the document. Webster signs his name “Daniel Webster”, also boldly and clearly, beside the printed “Secretary of State.” portion. Document measures 21.5″ x 16.5″ with neat mends to horizontal fold. Minor browning in a few spots and creasing around the original blindstamped U.S. seal still intact. An exceptionally scarce document in very good condition. Sold for $75,043.

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William Henry Harrison Partial Document Signed as President — The Scarcest Presidential Autograph While Serving as He Was President for Just 30 Days Before Dying

William Henry Harrison partial ship’s paper signed as President, printed in English and Dutch. Countersigned by Daniel Webster as Secretary of State and by William Littlefield as Customs Collector. Having only served one month in office before dying of complications from a cold, documents signed by Harrison as President are exceptionally scarce. In fact, only 24 Harrison presidential documents (twelve in private hands and twelve in institutions), three presidential autograph letters signed, and two presidential manuscript letters signed are known to exist. This ship’s paper is partially trimmed and measures 10.5″ x 11 from the port of Newport, Rhode Island, dated 28 August 1841 approximately five months after Harrison’s death; it was customary at the time for Presidents and the cabinet to sign documents such as this in advance of their use. Document was issued to Theodore Wimpenney, master of the ship Margaret, noting that she carried “375 and 16/95 tons, or thereabouts, lying at present in the port of Newport, RI, bound for Pacific Ocean and laden with provisions, Tackle & stores for a voyage in the whale fishery.” Document is bright and clean, with two tiny tears at left center edge. Exceptional. Sold for $59,742.

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William Henry Harrison Partial Document Signed as President. Click to enlarge.

William Henry Harrison Document Signed as Governor of the Indiana Territory in 1811

William Henry Harrison document signed, appointing one Joshua Deputy as Justice of the Peace in the county of Jefferson, Indiana on 10 December 1811. Harrison here acts in his role as Governor of the Indiana Territory and signs in full, ”William Henry Harrison”. Partially printed document measures 12.5” x 8”, framed in blue and gold to 28” x 23.5”. Weighs 10 lbs. Light soiling, chipping and three small holes along fold lines. In good to very good condition. Sold for $2,440.

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Scarce William Henry Harrison Signed Book — Inscribed to the Aunt of Woodrow Wilson 75 Years Before Wilson’s Presidency!

William Henry Harrison signed copy of ”The Token and Atlantic Souvenir”, a very popular annual gift book in the early 19th century. Signed books by Harrison are exceedingly rare and this one is inscribed to 18-year-old Margaretta Wilson, aunt of future President Woodrow Wilson. Inscription reads, ”Miss Margaretta Wilson / from the friend of her father / W.H. Harrison / of / North Bend / Ohio / Steubenville / 11th July 1838” on the title page. Edited by S.G. Goodrich and published by Charles Bowen: Boston: 1836. Margaretta’s father was James Wilson, grandfather of President Woodrow Wilson and publisher of an Ohio newspaper, ”Log Cabin”. Red, embossed leather over boards with gilt lettering on the spine. In fair condition with portion of backstrip missing, covers detached from book, and some toning and foxing. Sold for $1,943.

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William Henry Harrison Autograph Document Signed From Fort Greenville, Ohio in 1795, Just Days After the Treaty of Greenville

William Henry Harrison autograph document signed, acknowledging the receipt of ”thirty nine pounds of beef & flour”. Harrison signs as aide-de-camp to General Anthony Wayne, datelined [Fort] Greenville, 19 August 1795, approximately two weeks after the signing of the Treaty of Greenville, which ended the Northwest Indian War and began ”the beginning of modern Ohio history”; Harrison was actually a witness to the signing of the treaty. Signed ”Wm H Harrison / aid de camp”, with a paraph accenting his signature. Measures 8” x 5”. Small hole at center, light foxing and uneven lower edge. Very good condition. A document from the very beginning of Harrison’s military career, with rare Treaty of Greenville content. Sold for $1,000.

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We also sold the following presidential memorabilia:

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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Thomas Jefferson Document Signed. Click to enlarge.

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.

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Thomas Jefferson Autograph. Click to enlarge.

George Washington Autograph Document Signed — Washington Itemizes a 1774 Invoice for His Former Aide-de-Camp in Securing Bounty Land Under the 1754 Proclamation — With University Archives COA

Exceptional autograph document signed by George Washington from 1774 regarding bounty land promised to Virginia veterans of the French & Indian War, per the Proclamation of 1754. When distribution of the land stalled after the war, Washington famously took it upon himself to lobby on behalf of the veterans, even hiring a surveyor to divvy up the 20,000 acres himself. He was criticized, however, for reportedly setting aside the best land for himself and his friends, with this invoice revealing his efforts on behalf of his former aide-de-camp, George Mercer, and Mercer’s brother.

Dated 25 January 1774, Washington handwrites at top, ”Col. George Mercer on acct. of the Land under the Proclamation of 1754…” He details meetings beginning in 1770 in Fredericksburg, when Washington was appointed agent for securing the land, writing ”voted at Fredericksburg at this meeting, it being for your own & Brother’s shares…” Washington again writes about advocating for Mercer and his brother at a meeting in March 1771 in Winchester, and then bills for ”Surveying 13532 acres Patented in y’r own name” in November 1772. He also charges for ”y’r prop’n of the cost of Surveying a tract of 6788 ac’s – in w’ch you hold 2816 ac’s.”

Additional charges are listed, along with credits, for a total charge of over 40 pounds. Boldly signed ”Go: Washington” at conclusion. Interestingly, it’s unlikely that Washington ever collected on the bill, as Mercer, a strong loyalist, moved to England before the Revolutionary War. Document is in extraordinarily well-preserved condition, with bold handwriting throughout. Measures 7.625” x 7”. Mounting remnants to verso, otherwise near fine condition. With University Archives COA. Sold for $37,500.

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George Washington Letter Signed & Free Frank Signed, with Exceptionally Bold Signatures on Both — With University Archives COAs for Both Signatures — Plus James Monroe Signed Land Grant

Lot of two signatures by George Washington: a letter signed, and additional free frank signed, both with the boldest signatures we’ve ever encountered by the first President. In his letter dated 21 October 1799 from Mount Vernon, Washington responds to Captain Abraham Shepherd regarding an appointment to the Provisional Army, noting that ”…it will be pleasing to find, in the list of Candidates, the names of such as were valuable Officers in our Revolutionary War…your letter will not be forgotten…[signed] Go: Washington”.

Letter on bifolium stationery has integral address leaf additionally signed by Washington with his free frank. Addressed to Captain Shepherd with postmark of 21 October, Washington handwrites ”Free / Go: Washington” with a very dark, bold pen. Each page measures 7.875” x 10”. Folds, with some paper loss, especially to address leaf, and affixed to paper as inlay. Overall in good plus condition. With University Archives COAs for both signatures.

Lot also includes land grant signed by James Monroe, dated 6 October 1817. Visible portion measures 12” x 9”, framed to 19” x 16.5”. Not examined out of frame, appears very good but with faded signature. Sold for $31,250.

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University Archives COA. Click image 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.

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George Washington & Thomas Jefferson 1793 Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President George Washington Autograph Letter Signed 1790

Handsome George Washington autograph letter signed as President. Single page, folio, dated 20 February 1790, to Thomas Mifflin, signer of the Constitution and Governor of Pennsylvania. In full: “Sir, / I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency an Act passed in the second Session of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States – entitled ‘an Act for giving effect to the several Acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, and other purposes’. I have the honor to be, / With due consideration / Your Excellency’s / Most Obedient Servt. / G. Washington.” On 21 November 1789, North Carolina became the twelfth state to ratify the Constitution. When Congress assembled at its second session in January, 1790, President Washington called attention in his message to the favorable nature of public affairs and the rising respectability of the United States as a nation. Proof was afforded by the accession of North Carolina to the Union, leaving only Rhode Island yet to ratify the Constitution. The two states plight outside the Union had become so desperate that Congress at its first session consented to relieve the ships of those states for a limited period from the burden of a foreign tonnage duty which amounted to 50 cents per ton for foreign vessels, while domestic vessels paid six cents per ton. This letter discusses the first act passed by the second session of the First Congress in January, 1790, which specified the laying of duties on goods and merchandise imported into the state of North Carolina from any foreign port or place and upon the tonnage of all ships and vessels. The act further created five districts and four official ports of entry for collection of duties. An important early Federalist document. Washington’s signature is dark and prominent. In fine condition. Sold for $25,337.

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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.

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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.

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