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Sale 22

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction


U.S. Cabinet Officers
 
 
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Lot 254
Fish, Hamilton. Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of State, Washington, Dec. 3, 1869. On Department of State letterhead. One page octavo. Marked "Personal" to David Reed in Boston, thanking him for a note and an article in the Advertiser, and informing him that the Danish treaty for the cession of St. Thomas is still before the Senate. Also, Free Frank ("H. Fish") in upper right corner of the envelope to David Reed, under "Department of State." Black circular postmark. Both Fine. Also included are three Autograph Letters Signed by Wilfred T. Grenfell, medical missionary and author, to Reed, dated 1908 and 1909, on various subjects; one is on letterhead for Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. All about Fine. (5 items).
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$115
Lot 255
(Hamilton, Alexander) (1755-1804) Secretary and aide-de-camp to Washington; first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; leader of Federalists. July 18, 1804 issue of the Columbian Centinel & Massachusetts Federalist, Boston, 4 pages, large folio. In honor of the death of Alexander Hamilton, all columns on pages 2 and 3 are black bordered. A page 2 report is headed "DEEP LAMENTATIONS" and begins, "Died, at New-York on the afternoon of Thursday last, General ALEXANDER HAMILTON, of a wound which he received on the morning of the preceding day, in a duel with Col. Burr. Never was a death more sincerely and justly lamented and his loss will be sensibly felt throughout the United States…." "Funeral Honors" just below this report lists the "Funeral Procession" and includes a woodcut of a casket. "Correspondence" in the next column has reactions to Hamilton's untimely death. Small hole near the top of the first leaf affects the "M" in Hamilton in the first passage above; the bottom of page 2 has a small archival mend. Some overall toning and foxing. Very Good.
Estimated Value $500 - 700.
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Realized
$288
Lot 256
Kennedy, Robert F (1925-68) American politician; assassinated while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. Original 1968 Campaign Photograph Inscribed and Signed to Burton Drucker, a Democratic power broker in Arizona: "For Burt - I recognize you - but who is the fellow on the left? With best wishes Rob. Kennedy." The "fellow on the left" was obviously a Kennedy man; both he and Robert Kennedy wore PT 109 clips. RFK always wore his, in tribute to his brother. Small blemish in left border, else Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 257
Powell, Colin L (1937 -) U.S. Secretary of State; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Under Presidents Clinton and Bush. Autograph Letter Signed, n.p., March 16, 1994. One page, large octavo. Responding to a letter of support should he decide to run for office, Powell writes, "…At this time, politics is not in my future…." Accompanied by a "Decision 92" photo card of Powell as a "Possible Republcan VP Selection." Both Extremely Fine. (2 items).
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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$86
Lot 258
Report From The Secretary Of The Treasury On U.S. Mint Operations For 1815. Letter From The Secretary of the Treasury Transmitting Statements Relative To the Operations Of The Mint Of The United States, For The Year 1815, Washington: William A. Davis, 1816. Transmitted by Secretary of the Treasury A.J. Dallas, April 4, 1816, six pages with two large pull-outs stating various operations of the U.S. Mint, including records of silver and gold bullion, as well as copper for future coinage. Age toning and some staining across upper portion of pages, not affecting legibility. Very Good.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$489
Lot 259
Welles, Gideon (1802-78) Union Secretary of the Navy. Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of the Navy (Washington), October 4, 1862. 1½ pp quarto. Addressed to Major Wm. B. Slack, Quartermaster Marine Corps, regarding a contractor with rebel proclivities. Light toning. Very Fine. In full:

Sir: The Secretary of the Treasury has enclosed to this Department a letter from the Collector at Baltimore, stating that Wm. War, contractor for furnishing rations at Norfold, 'is represented to be one of the most outspoken rebel proclivities. If not himself a rebel sympathizer he at least persistently refuses to subscribe the oath required by your regulations and places his refusal so to do, to the Surveyor, upon the distinct grouund that he has sons in the Rebel Confederacy and is unwilling to take an oath or do any act which would preclude his extending to them aid and assistance.' Your attention is called to the matter."
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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Lot 260
Wells, Gideon (1802-78) Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy. Manuscript Letter Signed ("G. Wells") as Secretary of the Navy, on Navy Department letterhead, Washington, June 16, 1865. To Edward F. Davison, Consul, Argentine Republic, New York, informing him that the resignation of Acting Honorary Ensign William Brown of the U.S. Navy "has this day been accepted, agreeably to your request…and has been delivered to him." Very Fine. Matted with an image of Welles and framed to an overall size of 15 x 19 in.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
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