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Sale 38

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction


Statesmen & Political Leaders
 
 
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Lot 275
Austin, Stephen F (1793-1836) Texas colonizer; secretary of state of the Republic of Texas (1836); considered by many the Father of Texas. Document Signed "S.F. Austin," 1 p, 10¼x8¼", New Orleans, 11 Jan. 1836. Fine; small paper loss in text from cancellation, not affecting signature. Being Texian Loan No. 311 issued to Robert Triplett in lieu of his "Thirty-Two Dollars" on a "Loan of Three Hundred and Twenty Dollars, made by him this day to the Government of Texas for Five Years, bearing interest…." Signed by Austin as Texas Commissioner. Countersigned by fellow Commissioners B[ranch] T. Archer and W[illiam] H. Wharton.
Estimated Value $1,800 - 2,000.
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$2,400
Lot 276
Baruch, Bernard (1870-1965) Presidential advisor and financier. Typed Letter Signed ("B M Baruch") on personal letterhead, marked "Personal", 1 p, 9¾x7¾", Kingstree, S.C., 28 Feb. 1965. Fine; staple and file marks at upper left. To G.M. Loeb, a founding partner of EF Hutton & Co., replying to Loeb's letter (not present). In part, "…If you don't [don't is crossed out] get the facts, then examine yourself as to whether you have prejudices or not, then use your wisdom…." He also references "My friend Billy Rose…."
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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$58
Lot 277
Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828) Mayor of New York City; governor or New York; presidential candidate. Partly-printed Document Signed as Governor, 1 p, 10x15¾:, Albany, 13 Mar. 1822. Fine. Appointing a justice of the peace. With embossed NY stamp.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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$75
Lot 278
Collection of 19th & 20th Century Cabinet Members & Statesmen. This collection includes 32 items, 26 being letters or signatures of Cabinet members who served Presidents from James Madison through Lyndon B. Johnson. The members are: Hubert Humphrey, Henry A. Wallace, George F. Foster, Charles Curtis, Robert S. McNamara, George P. Shultz, William H. Crawford, David Henshaw, John Sherman, John C. Spencer, Thomas Ewing (2), James Farley, Leslie M. Shaw, Franklyn K. Lane, Charles Edison, John D. Long, John Forsythe, Walter Forward, Charles E. Wilson, Robert A. Lovett, Roswell R. Gilpatric, Joel R. Poinsett, J.W. Weeks, Redfield Proctor, Neil lH. McElroy. The other items are signed by members of Congress: Tip O'Neil, Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart (2), and William H. Sutphin, as well as U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. A couple of items are in poor condition; most are fair to very good. Should be seen.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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Lot 279
Collection of U.S. Congressmen and White House Officials. Thirty-one typed letters written between 1968 and 1994 to business executive Charles J. Broska from: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew (regarding prosecution of flag burners), Everett Dirksen, Bob Finch, George Murphy, Edward Muskie, John Tower (4), Bill Archer, Lloyd Bentsen, Thomas Eagleton (2), Stuart Symington (2), S.L. Hayakawa, Alan Cranston (3), Birch Bayh, Dan Rostenkowski (2), Sam Nunn, Paul Simon, and J(ohn) Robert Kerry, as well as letters from White House officials and/or counselors Kenneth Rush, W. Siedman, L.E. Panetta, and Fred. Fielding, and Federal Reserve chairman G. William Miller (2). All letters are on official letterhead and in excellent condition. Various national issues are discussed, including reliance on foreign oil, economic policies, balancing the Federal Budget, tax abuses, etc. The letters should be read to be appreciated.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
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Lot 280
Foster, Lafayette & Others. Check Signed ("L F S Foster"), Norwich, 29 Apr. 1868. Fine; with cancelled revenue stamp. Foster was elected President pro tempore of the Senate in 1865; when Andrew Johnson became President upon Lincoln's assassination, Foster became President of the Senate and de facto Vice President of the US until March 1867. Charles E. Hughes Typed Letter Signed as Governor of New York, Albany, 4 Dec. 1908. About speaking in Rochester for Lincoln Day. Very good. With a 3x5" card Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and a signed and inscribed title page by White House correspondent Helen Thomas, 4 June 1999.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$115
Lot 281
Gideon Welles (1802-78) Secretary of the Navy under Lincoln. Autograph Letter unsigned, 2½ pp, 10x7¾", Washington, 10 Nov. 1861. Fine. To an unidentified correspondent. Incomplete draft copy of an important letter regarding Lincoln's removal of John C. Frémont from command of the Western Department, to a man who obviously supported Frémont. In part: "…whatever may be the merits of Fremont or any other man, I trust his life or death, his good or evil fortune, is not such that the welfare of the country is dependent on him….It is not for me to say how just or unjust this conclusion is….The President appointed Fremont I know with hearty good will, and it would have given him unalloyed satisfaction had Fremont proved himself a greater general than Napoleon. No man in the Union more ardently desired that F. should be successful than the President…the delay to act indicated his reluctance to supercede a man of whom he hoped & expected so much….When the President became satisfied that the country was suffering detriment from Fremont… there was but one course for him to pursue….The extravagance & financial mismanagement of Fremont are admitted by every body….I am not prepared to say he is destitute of military capability although many who ought to be competent judges pronounce him deficient, and results in Missouri have not inspired confidence in him. But few of our generals have yet earned by high distinction as well as Fremont. He therefore is not the only failure, and the death or removal of any one of them, whether right or wrong, ought not to overwhelm us…." This is an amazing letter from within Lincoln's official family.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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$173
Lot 282
Goldwater, Barry (1909-98) Arizona senator; presidential candidate. Seven Typed Letters Signed, all on U.S. Senate letterhead, each one page, written between 1971 and 1974 to Gerald M. Loeb, a founding partner of EF Hutton & Co. Interesting content about the Vietnam War ("…could have been ended in a few days…had we been willing to have used our power…," criticizing Nixon ("…The office needs defending but he makes it almost impossible…" and more. Includes carbon copies of four of Loeb's letters to Goldwater.
Estimated Value $200 - 400.
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$138
Lot 283
Holmes, Oliver Wendell Jr (1841-1935) Supreme Court Justice for nearly 30 years, during which time he made great contributions to the changing concepts of law. Autograph Letter Signed "OWH" on engraved letterhead of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 3¼ pp, 10x8", Boston, 10 May 1898. Fine. To "Dear Hibernia," who was Lady Castleton, Holmes' mistress, demonstrating his humor and his feelings toward England, Socialism, war, and materialism. In part: "…You will have heard about Dewey's exploit - it took some sand to sail in as he did….war disturbs larger moneyed interests and so encounters greater obstacles which…become articulate in the form of moralizing….Men care for ideals more than for life - Property is an ideal. That is how it sacrifices lives - pleasing paradox - for which I make you no extra charge…." Much more content.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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Lot 284
Hoover, J. Edgar. Photograph Inscribed and Signed, "To Irene W. Lewis / Best wishes / 6-8-48 / J. Edgar Hoover" in blue ink on the lower border, 11¼x9". Fine. With a Typed Letter Signed on FBI letterhead, 1 p, 10x7¾", Washington, 18 Dec. 1941. Informing FBI agent Dwayne L. Eskridge of his promotion in grade and salary. Fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$115
Lot 285
Hoover, J. Edgar & William H. Webster. Four Typed Letters Signed: two by J. Edgar Hoover, 1968 and 1971, and two by William H. Webster, 1980 and 1981. All are signed as Director of the FBI, on FBI letterhead and are addressed to bank executive Charles J. Broska. Hoover responds to letters Broska wrote regarding Hoover's administration of the FBI. Webster thanks Broska for support of the FBI's investigations of public corruption and white-collar crime, and for his concern "for the welfare of the children in Atlanta." All very fine. With three transmittal envelopes.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 286
Kefauver & Stans. Photographs Inscribed and Signed by Estes Kefauver (1903-63) as U.S. senator from Tennessee, 10 Dec. 1953, 14x11", and by Maurice H. Stans (1908-98), n.p., n.d., 14x11". Stans was finance chairman of the committee to reelect President Nixon in 1972. Both very fine.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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Lot 287
Lincoln, Robert Todd (1843-1926) Eldest son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd; the only one of their four sons to survive to adulthood. He served on General Grant's staff during the last few months of the Civil War, was U.S. Secretary of War (1881-85), U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1884-93), and president of the Pullman Company (1897-1911). Autograph Letter Signed "Robert Lincoln" as U.S. Minister to Great Britain, on black-bordered stationery engraved "2, Cromwell Houses. S.W.," 1½ pp (London), 23 March 1890. Lincoln responds to a letter of sympathy from the Hon. Frank Hatton on the death of his only son, 16-year-old Abraham "Jack" Lincoln, from blood poisoning. "I can only write to tell you how much we appreciated your kind words & to thank you for your great thoughtfulness in sending the many newspaper slips. We had a long fight & at times believed we could save poor Jack. You cannot imagine what his loss means to us…." With black-bordered transmittal envelope.
Estimated Value $500 - 750.
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Realized
$546
Lot 288
(U.S. Cabinet Officers) William Jennings Bryan and Eight Others. Ten signatures of nine Cabinet officers: William Jennings Bryan (Sec. of State and 3-time presidential nominee), Newton D. Baker (Sec. of War), John W. Weeks (Sec. of War), Henry L. Stimson (Sec. of State), Josephus Daniels (Sec. of Navy), Albert B. Fall (Sec. of Interior - 2 signatures), James J. Davis (Sec. of Labor), Joshua W. Alexander (Sec. of Commerce), and Will H. Hays (Postmaster General). Most served during the first quarter of the 20th century; signed on various sized cards. All fine.
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
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$144
Lot 289
Burger Court. 9x14" Color Photograph on a 14x18" mount, signed by all nine members of the Burger Court, c. 1975-81. Fine condition. The nine justices signed on the lower mount: "Byron R. White," "William J. Brennan, Jr.," "Warren E. Burger," "Potter Stewart," "Thurgood Marshall," "William H. Rehnquist," Harry A. Blackman," Lewis F. Powell, Jr." and "John Paul Stevens." Burger was Chief Justice from 1969 to 1986, but this particular group of justices served together from 1975, when Justice Stevens joined the court, to 1981, when Justice Stewart retired. Roe v. Wade (1973) was the most controversial ruling of the Burger Court.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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$978
Lot 290
(U.S. Supreme Court) Charles E. Hughes (1862-1948) Governor of New York, U. S. Secretary of State, Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the United States. Typed Letter Signed as Governor of New Yor, 1p 9¾x7", Albany, 25 Apr. 1908. Enclosing an autographed card with the same date. Two very bold signatures.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 291
(U.S. Supreme Court) Clarence Thomas (1948 -) Associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. Typed Letter with Autograph Note Signed, 1 p, on Supreme Court letterhead, 11x8½", Washington, 6 June 1994. Fine. To a retired naval commander, about Thomas' days as a seminarian at Immaculate Conception in Missouri: "…many of my fellow seminarians came from Omaha. Some had been at Boystown. And…as Catholics we all heard of & contributed to Boystown…."
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 292
(U.S. Supreme Court) Earl Warren (1891 1974) Governor of California, and Chief Justice of the United States (1953 to 1969). Two First Day Covers Signed as Governor of California. One is postmarked 1948 and the other 1950; one celebrates the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill; the other celebrates California's 100th anniversary of statehood (this one has a man's address label at lower right). both fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 293
(U.S. Supreme Court) Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) Served as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1939-62. Although politically liberal, Frankfurter was a strong advocate of judicial restraint; he was also an outspoken opponent of racial segregation. A beautiful, oversize Bachrach photograph Inscribed and Signed, "For Herbert and Maggie Swope - friends - with the affection of Felix Frankfurter," 14½x10¼", 1939. Matte-board mount. Very fine; a couple of tiny dings at left edge. Signed and dated in pencil by Bachrach at lower right;.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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$575
Lot 294
(U.S. Supreme Court) Harlan Fiske Stone (1872 1946) American lawyer and jurist who served as dean of Columbia Law School, U.S. Attorney General, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1925-41 and Chief Justice of the United States (1941-46). Original Pencil and Ink drawing of Stone's head Signed "Harlan F. Stone," n.p., n.d. Very fine. The portrait is inside a 3¾" diameter circle on 10x6¾" cardstock. There is a "B" at lower right of the drawing. Stone signed boldly in black ink.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 295
(U.S. Supreme Court) Marshall, Thurgood (1908-93) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-91); first African American appointed (by President Lyndon B. Johnson) to the highest court in the land. Supreme Court Note Card Signed in blue ink, 4½x6", n.p., n.d. Very fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$115
Lot 296
(Vice Presidents) Thomas R. Marshall & Henry A. Wallace. Signatures of "Thos R. Marshall" and "Henry A. Wallace" on 1½x3" Autograph cards; Wallace dated his "10/26/21". Fine. Marshall (1854-1925) served under Woodrow Wilson; Wallace (1888-1965) served under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Estimated Value $80 - 100.
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$46
Lot 297
1850 31st U.S. Congress Signatures. Two autograph books featuring 290 signatures from members of the landmark 31st Congress of the United States. Notable for the debate and passage of the Compromise of 1850, the first session of the Congress served for an unprecedented 10 months without a recess. An outstanding gathering of legislators from North and South, members (whose signatures appear here) included David R. Atchison (President for one day), James Buchanan, Jefferson Davis, Hannibal Hamlin, Stephen A. Douglas, Thaddeus Stevens, Horace Mann, Daniel Webster, Eldridge G. Spaulding, and Andrew Johnson. Among the signatures are several other gentlemen who became famous because of their involvement in the Civil War -- Confederate Generals Nathan Evans and Robert Toombs, Union General Edward Dickinson Baker, William Ashe (blockade runner) and Thomas Bocock (Confederate politician) among others. The Webster and Buchanan signatures have been clipped and are loose, the remainder appear in the books. There is scattered foxing and surface soil, the most notable flaws to the lot include age wear to the volumes themselves; there is some spine separation and the front cover of one album is loose, as are a handful of pages). Signature condition is good to fine.

This lot is accompanied by a folio size printed page with a seating chart of the 31st Congress House of Representatives Hall, with names and addressses printed under the diagram. This lot in total provides a unique opportunity for the Congressional collector or scholar.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,000.
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Realized
$2,300






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