Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 38

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction


U.S. Presidents
 
 
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Lot 298
Adams, John (1735-1826) 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801). Partly-printed Document Signed as President, 1p, 16x20", New York, 21 Jan. 1808. Countersigned by Timothy Pickering as Secretary of State. The passport is for the brig "Bellona," bound for the Spanish Main and carrying "brandy, earthenware, dry goods, flour, onions, boards & wine." The condition of the document is poor; it is laid to board and has numerous tears and areas of paper loss; however, the Presidential seal and the signatures are fine. Adams' signature alone is worth more than our estimate.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
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Realized
$1,725
Lot 299
Bush, George (1924 -) 41st President of the United States. Typed Letter Signed on "George Bush for President" letterhead, Houston, Texas, October 23, 1979. One page, quarto. To Clarence E. Sandstrom, regarding an invitation to appear at a "Let Freedom Ring" program on July 4, 1980 and apologizing for not answering sooner, because "I'm out on the road constantly!" Bush would lose the Republican presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan. Extremely Fine. Matted with an image of Bush to an overall size of 16½ x 20½ in.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$120
Lot 300
(Bush, George H.W. & George W.) Presidential Memorabilia. Six items: Engraved Invitation to the 1989 inauguration of President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle, 11 ½ x 8"; a 28 Oct. 1988 typed letter with autopen "George Bush" about bringing America together; a 1988 Christmas card from Vice President and Barbara Bush, showing all of their children with their families (on the verso); a color 10x8" photograph of George W. and Laura Bush with printed inscription and autopen signatures; a 17 Mar. 2004 typed letter on White House letterhead, with autopen signature by President George W. Bush; and a 10x8" color portrait of President George W. Bush with autopen signature. All in excellent condition. All signatures in this lot are autopen and are sold as is.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 301
Bush, George W (1924 -) 41st President of the United States (1989-93). Autograph Note Signed as Vice President, on note card with embossed seal, 4¼x6¼", framed to 8½x10¼", n.p., 10 June 1984. Very fine. To Barry Hoffman, Honorary Consul General for Pakistan in Boston, thanking him for a letter and stating, "I really enjoyed being in Pakistan…."
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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$115
Lot 302
Bush, George W. and Barbara. Beautiful 16x12" Christmas card for 1991 with signatures in black ball point by President Bush and blue sharpie by Mrs. Bush. The mint condition card has an embossed Presidential Seal at lower left and is engraved, "With our warmest wishes for all the joys of Christmas and peace in the new year. The President and Mrs. Bush / 1991." Housed in a navy folder with an embossed Presidential Seal on the cover.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
From the estate of film and television producer Ross Hunter.

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$510
Lot 303
Cleveland, Grover. Four Documents Signed by Grover Cleveland, three as Commissioner of Deeds for the City of Buffalo: a 2½ pp ADS, 7 Feb. 1862, being a supoena to Sarah Whalen to appear before the Supreme Court in Erie County; and two partly-printed DS (joined with an old straight pin), 17 June 1861 regarding an unpaid judgment issued by the Supreme Court. The fourth document is a one-third page ADS, written as a law student (in the office of Rogers, Bowen, & Rogers), on the verso of a partly-printed Supreme Court judgment, in which Cleveland swears that he served the judgment. All fine or very good. (1837-1908) 22nd and 24th President of the United States, 1885-1889, 1893-1897.


Estimated Value $900 - 1,200.
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Lot 304
Cleveland, Grover. Three Documents Signed by Grover Cleveland, two as Commissioner of Deeds for the City of Buffalo: a 5½ pp ADS, 5 Nov. 1859, signed on page 5 as "Rowen & Rogers, Plaintiffs attorneys" and on p. 6 with his name as Commissioner of Deeds; and a 2 pp DS, 10 Aug. 1860, being a deed with one full 16x10" page written in Cleveland's hand. The third document is an ADS, signed once in the text and once at the end, 3 Mar. 1862, being a proof of service of a legal document for the Supreme Court. Fine condition.
Estimated Value $900 - 1,200.
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Lot 305
Cleveland, Grover. Autograph Note Signed as President, 1 p, 5½x7¾", Washington, 9 Apr 1886. Written in pencil to John R. Fellows in New York City, stating simply, "I have determined to grant the pardon." Very fine; notations in another hand at left top and bottom.
Estimated Value $400 - 700.
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Lot 306
Clinton, Bill (1946 -) 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001). Typed Letter Signed in black marker below a printed signature, on White House letterhead, 1 p., 11x8½", Washington, n.d. Fine; staple marks in upper corners. A form letter sent to "Dear Students" by President Clinton in which he affirms his belief that "young people are the future of our country" and gives some suggestions as to how they can help America. This letter was signed in Indianapolis on June 8, 2005 when President Clinton appeared for a book signing.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 307
Clinton, Bill. Typed Letter Signed in black marker below a printed signature, on White House letterhead, 1 p., 11x8½", Washington, n.d. Very fine. The letter is a form letter sent to "Dear Educator" by President Clinton. He expresses his interest "in the thoughts and opinions of America's young people" and encloses some materials (not included) for the students that "explain my plan for America…." This letter was signed in Indianapolis on June 8, 2005 when President Clinton appeared for a book signing.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 308
Clinton, Bill & Starr, Ken. 8¾x12" Card signed by the 42nd President on the left side and by his nemesis, Ken Starr, on the right. The Starr Report, submitted by Starr to Congress, led to Clinton's impeachment on charges arising from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton was acquitted of both charges of impeachment by the Senate. Ironically, the two men shared Time Magazine's designation of Man of the Year for 1998. Very good; center vertical crease and minor scuff marks.
Estimated Value $200 - 400.
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Lot 309
Coolidge, Calvin (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States (1923-29). Typed Letter Signed as President, on White House letterhead, 8½x6½", Washington, 25 Nov. 1924. Fine. To Hon. Thomas O. Marvin, United States Tariff Commission, thanking Marvin for "the copy of the report from the Journal of Commerce of New York relating to the importation of sugar from Mexico…" Matted with a photo of Coolidge and framed to an overall size of 16½x23". A very attractive display item.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
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$230
Lot 310
Eisenhower & Nixon. Presidential Inauguration Program for 1953 Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower," "Mamie Dowd Eisenhower," "Richard Nixon," and "Patricia Nixon," 11x8½", n.p., n.d. Fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$360
Lot 311
Eisenhower, Dwight D (1890-19690 34th President of the United States (1853-61) Typed Letter Signed ("D.E.") with a four-line holograph postscript signed "D." on "DDE" letterhead, 1 page, 10¼x7¼", Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 25 Nov. 1966. Very fine. Marked "Personal and Confidential" and addressed to Ray C. Bliss, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, regarding Republican strategy for 1967.

Eisenhower writes that "two or three staunch Republicans…have been urging me to do something…to persuade Republican leaders to avoid any divisive efforts, certainly during the year 1967….Another suggested that we drop all hyphenated adjectives in describing the political basis of our Party. One of my correspondents suggested that I hold a luncheon to which should invite Nixon, Romney, Percy, Reagan, Rockefeller, Hatfield, and of course, yourself. It would be the purpose of you and me to urge upon prospective aspirants the need for speaking of all the others only in favorable terms…."

Ike suggests instead that all the men be invited to the next Advisory Committee Meeting and explains why. The holograph note says, "P.S. Before signing this I talked to you on phone. But I am sending it along merely as an 'aide memoire.'" With transmittal envelope, also marked "Personal and Confidential."
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 312
Eisenhower, Dwight D. Typed Letter Signed on "DDE" letterhead, 1 page, 10¼x7¼", Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 10 Nov. 1964. Very fine. Marked "PERSONAL" and addressed to Edgar A. Moss regarding an October 19, 1964 newspaper article written by syndicated columnist Drew Pearson after Walter Jenkins, an LBJ aide, was arrested on a moral charge and forced to resign. Pearson wrote that homosexuality is "a disease which is completely bipartisan and has no respect for people in high places." He claimed that Eisenhower had his own "Walter Jenkins" in Arthur Vandenberg, Jr (son of the late senator from Michigan), that Vandenburg had served as Eisenhower's assistant during the 1952 election and consequently had acccess to intelligence reports on the Korean War, and that Vandenberg had been in line to become Ike's No. 1 assistant until "someone went through his security file and he was eased out of Washington."

Eisenhower refutes the claims in Pearson's column (copy enclosed). He expresses astonishment that Mr. Moss "would have any confidence whatsoever in anything written by the columnist….The man mentioned in the clipping was never a part of my Administration; he never had even a temporary office or assignment in the White House" He adds that the FBI always made a full check of any potential employees and that during the campaign of 1952, he was "occasionally 'briefed' on the Korean War but only on an individual and secret basis." He vehemently denies that any assistant or associate of his had access to that information, and notes that no proof of any misconduct on Vandenberg 's part was ever proved. "…I think it despicable for anyone to report or write such dirty gossip unless some benefit to the public thus should be served…."
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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Realized
$1,150
Lot 313
Eisenhower, Dwight D. Document Signed as President, Washington, 13x9½", 8 June 1953. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. Very fine; large, embossed paper Presidential Seal is pristine. Appointing "Harry J. Anslinger United States Delegate to the United Nations International Opium Conference, which convened at New York May 11, 1953….to negotiate, conclude, and sign a protocol relating to the limitation of the production of opium…" Matted with a 5½x5" engraving of Ike and a 3" in diameter bronze-bust plaque and framed to an overall size of 33x19"; the frame needs some retouching.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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$546
Lot 314
Eisenhower, Dwight D. Typed Letter Signed as president of Columbia University, 1p, 7½x5¾", New York City, 27 Mar. 1950. Fine; light toning. To Mrs. Edmund Chamberlain of Washington, D.C., thanking her for "a most stimulating and provocative letter" and assuring her that he will "certainly bear every word you wrote in mind." With original envelope.
Estimated Value $150 - 250.
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Lot 315
Eisenhower, Dwight D. & Mamie Doud. A group of four Typed Letters Signed: two on "DDE" letterhead and signed "D.D.E.," 3 June and 28 Oct. 1968, one signed by Brig. Gen. Robert Schulz ("Bob"), 11 July 1968, and one signed "Mamie Doud Eisenhower," all to Ray Bliss, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The first three thank Bliss for good wishes, a plaque, and flowers sent to Ike at Walter Reed Hospital. Mamie's letter thanks Bliss for his telegram of sympathy and has a holograph postscript, "How happy I am that 'Ike' lived to see victory for the 'grand old party' MDE." All very fine, with transmittal envelopes. During the last year of his life, Eisenhowers health declined rapidly, and he spent most of his time at Walter Reed Hospital with Mamie at his side. He died on March 28, 1969.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
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Lot 316
Eisenhower, Nixon, and Persons. White House Card Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower as President, Richard Nixon ("Dick Nixon") as Vice President, and by Wilton B. Persons, who was Deputy Assistant to President Eisenhower and was active in the 1952 presidential campaign, 2½x4", n.p., n.d. Fine condition; mounting remnants on verso. All three signed boldly in black ink.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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$345
Lot 317
Fillmore, Millard (1800-74) 13th President of the United States (1850-53) Autograph Letter Signed as President, 1p, 8½x7", Washington, 22 Sept. 1850. Fine; a vertical fold passes throught the tail of the "d" in "Millard." To Hon. C[ornelius] P. Van Ness, the former governor and chief justice of Vermont and minister plenipotentiary to the court of Spain, regarding an unidentified Bill before Congress. The President writes, in part: "..if the Bill to which allude passes, it shall receive due consideration. I had not supposed the Bill was likely to pass and hence have given the subject little or no consideration [crossed out] reflection…".
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,400.
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Lot 318
Fillmore, Millard. Partly-printed Document Signed as President, 1p, 11½x15½", Washington, 30 Sept. 1851. Fine; normal folds; the wafer seal is especially nice. Appointing Edward J. Phelps "Second Comptroller of the Treasury of the United States." Countersigned by J.J. Crittenden as Acting Secretary of State.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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Lot 319
Five First Ladies. Five autographed items: (1) Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, signed "Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt senior / 1935" on 1½x4¼" paper; " (2) Grace Coolidge signature, with "Autograph" in her hand, on 2¼x4¾" paper (3) Bess Truman signature, inscribed, "With best wishes to David Battan…November 8-1955 Independence, Missouri" 4x4" (4) Eleanor Roosevelt signature, 3x5"; and "Mamie Doud Eisenhower" signed photograph, 5¾x4". Very good.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 320
Ford, Gerald R (1913 -) 38th President of the United States (1974-77). `Two Typed Letters Signed: one as Vice President ("Jerry Ford"), on official letterhead, 9x7", Washington, 4 Feb. 1974, to business executive Charles J. Broska, thanking him for suggestions for a solution to the energy crisis; the second letter is post presidential ("Gerald R. Ford"), with embossed presidential seal on the letterhead, 10½x7¼", 15 Mar. 1982, to Mr. Broska, regarding Ford's possibly becoming a member of the Board of Directors of a California financial institution. Both very fine. Transmittal envelopes with stamped free franks. (A secretarially-signed letter as congressman, 10 Dec. 1968, is included in this lot only because it is part of Mr. Broska's collection.).
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
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Lot 321
Ford, Gerald R. White House Card Signed ("Gerald Ford") in black ink, 2½x4", no place, no date. Mint condition. Ford was House Minority Leader when Spiro Agnew resigned the office of Vice President of the United States late in 1973 and President Nixon appointed Ford as the new Vice President. Ford took the oath of office as President of the United States on August 9, 1974, after the Watergate scandal forced the resignation of Richard Nixon.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 322
Ford, Gerald R. White House Card Signed ("Gerald Ford") in black ink, 2½x4", no place, no date. Mint condition.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 323
Ford, Gerald R. Envelope Signed ("Jerry Ford") in black ink on the front, 3½x6½", n.p., n.d. Fine; lightly toned.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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Lot 324
Garfield, James A (1831-810 20th President of the United States (1881); assassinated. Autograph Signature Signed as President and dated, "April 12, 1881," 4x6¼", n.p. Excellent condition. Attractively matted with a 7¾x5¾" portrait of Garfield and a biographical plaque and framed to an overall size of 25¼x18¼". This exceptionally large signature was signed one month and eight days after Garfield's inauguration (March 4, 1881). On 2 July 2, 1881 he would be shot by Charles Guiteau, a disgruntled office seeker, and would consequently die on September 19th.
Estimated Value $4,500 - 6,500.
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Lot 325
Garfield, James A. Autograph Letter Signed ("J.A. Garfield") as a representative from Ohio, 1p, 7½x5", Hiram, Ohio, 10 Nov. 1869. Very fine; one horizontal fold passes lightly through the top of Garfield's signature. To John H. Gurlie Jr. of New York, responding to a request for Garfield's autograph.
Estimated Value $450 - 650.
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Lot 326
Grant, Ulysses S (1822-85) 18th President of the United States (1869-77). Autograph Letter Signed "U.S. Grant "on ruled "Head-Quarters Armies of the United States" stationery, 1 p, 8x5", Washington, D.C., 7 May 1866. Fine; minor toning. To former Union General T(homas) Ewing, Jr., who was practicing law in Washington, suggesting possible times when Grant could meet with Ewing and Senator Doolittle (probably James Rood Doolittle from Wisconsin) in his office or home. In 1866 Grant became the first U.S. citizen to be made a full general.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,500.
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$1,380
Lot 327
Harding, Warren G (1865-1923) 29th President of the United States (1921-23); he died in office. Partly-printed Document Signed as President, 1 p., 14"x16½", Washington, 1923 Mar. 5. Fine; a few specks in blank upper left corner and top center, none affecting signatures or overall appearance of document. Appointing "Gustavus U. Stewart…Lieutenant in the Coast Guard of the United States…." Signed by Harding at lower right and countersigned by Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon at lower left. With gold foil Treasury Department seal. Attractively matted with a bust engraving of Harding and a 3" bronze Presidential medallion and framed to an overall size of 34"x25". Some nicks to frame.

The U.S. Coast Guard is the country's oldest continuous seagoing service, tracing its history back to 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels for the collection of revenue. Known first as the Revenue Marine, and later as the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress combining the Revenue Cutter Service with the Life Saving Service. In 1939, the Lighthouse Service was also consolidated with this unit.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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Lot 328
Harding, Warren G (1865-1923) 29th President of the United States (1921-23). White House card signed as President, 3x4¼", n.p., n.d. Fine. Boldly signed.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$384
Lot 329
Harrison, Anna (1775-1864) First Lady; wife of William Henry Harrison. She was the first First Lady to receive a formal education, the first to receive a pension from Congress, and the first to be the wife of one President and grandmother of another (Benjamin Harrison). She also bore more children (10) than any other First Lady, outliving all but one. Anna was ill and stayed in North Bend, Ohio when Harrison left for Washington for his inauguration; she was packing to join him when she got news of his death.

Autograph Letter Signed "A Harrison," 1 p, 6x8", North Bend, 26 Dec., n.y. To "My dear Cleves," probably her nephew, John Cleves Short, who would later help her financially, instructing him to "write to me, or to some of your many cousins soon" and inquiring whether "you are going to school this winter, if you are, do try & learn very fast….All of your relations are as well as usual…." She names several and gives their news, ending "…I send you a trifle. May God bless & protect you my dear child. Adieu."
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,600.
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Lot 330
Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901) 23rd President of the United States (1889-93). White House vignette card signed "Benj Harrison" as President, 3¾x4¾", n.p., n.d. Very good; some edge soiling; tiny tape remnants at corners on verso. A very attractive display piece.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$252
Lot 331
Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). Typed Letter Signed as President, on "The White House" letterhead, 1 p. 8½"x6", Washington, 1930 Mar. 29. Very fine; one staple mark affects the "h" in "The." To the Governor of Illinois (Louis L. Emmerson), regarding a Third National Conference on Street and Highway Safety, to convene in Washington May 27-29, and inviting the Governor to send five delegates, "representatives of your motor vehicle department or bureau, your highway department, and others acquainted with the legal and administrative aspects of the traffic problem…." Beautifully matted with an image of Hoover and a 3" bronze Presidential medallion and framed to an overall size of 32"x16¾". Documents signed by Hoover as President are rare.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
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Lot 332
Hoover, Herbert. Two Signatures on Waldorf-Astoria note paper, 3¼x5¼"; one page is glued down. Hoover's enormously important humanitarian work is often forgotten because of the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing depression.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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$86
Lot 333
Hoover, Herbert C. Framed collection of four Hoover documents including: Typed Document Signed as President, 1 p, folio, Washington, D.C., November 25, 1930. Appointing James R. Sheffield Chairman, " …with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipoteniary… to present, on behalf of the United States, a statue of Henry Clay to the Republic of Venezuela…." Countersigned by Henry L. Stimson, Hoover's Secretary of State, with a large white wafer seal at lower left. Very Rare. Documents signed by Hoover as President are seldom encountered, and this one is Very Fine. Typed Letter Signed as Chairman of the Finnish Relief Fund, 1 p, quarto, Finnish Relief Fund, Inc. letterhead, January 17, 1940. To Victor Eichorn, Adjutant, New York Chapter, Army and Navy Legion of Valor, in part: "…This country has not seen for many years such a generous outpouring of sympathy to a nation as that which is now being given to the Finnish people. Our purpose must be to translate this into actual material aid…." Two minor tape marks at upper corners, otherwise Fine. Signed Photograph. B&W, 8x6, sepia-toned portrait of President Herbert Hoover, by "Baker" studios. Two small spots at top border, otherwise Fine. Signed in the lower white border. With a 1931 typed letter from Hoover's secretary, regarding an autograph request. The four items are archivally framed with a steel engraving of President Hoover, a bronze Presidential medallion and plaque. Overall size 29 x 27."
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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$460
Lot 334
Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) 7th President of the United States (1829-37). Autograph Letter Signed as President, 1p, 3½x8" (Washington), 26 June 1831. Fair; laid to heavier paper; small areas of paper loss around edges, one affecting the "e" in "Andrew" and scattered stains. Not a pretty document, but boldly written and signed. In full: "The cashier of the Branch Bank of the United States, in Washington, will take up any checks drawn by Major Wm B. Lewis 2nd auditor, in my home, during my absence, he being charged with transacting all my business, during my absence from the city. June 26th 1831.
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 335
Jackson, Andrew. Partly-printed Document Signed as President, vellum, 16¼x13¼", Washington, 1 July 1836. Very good; overall age yellowing, seal missing, and signature a little light. A military commission, appointing Charles Spalding "First Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Dragoons." Countersigned by Secretary of War Lewis Cass, whose signature is faint. Military engravings at top and bottom are very attractive. An impressive document for display.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,500.
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Lot 336
Jackson, Andrew. Document Signed as President, 1p, vellum, 9¾x16", Washington, 3 Jan. 1831. Fine; folds, light toning and one chip in upper right border; seal is intact. A land grant of 80 acres at Crawfordsville, Indiana to Jesse Button of Fountain County, Indiana. Countersigned by Land Commissioner Elijah Hayward. Jackson's signature reaches almost 6½" across and is especially bold.
Estimated Value $900 - 1,100.
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$1,020
Lot 337
Jackson, Andrew. Partly-printed Document Signed as President, 1 p, vellum, 9½x15½", Washington, 8 Dec. 1830. Very good; normal age toning and folds; lower part of seal is cracked and missing one "tooth". Granting 80 acres of land at Palestine, Illinois to Enock Mayfield of Gallatin County, Kentucky. Jackson's signature is almost 6" across.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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$510
Lot 338
Jackson, Andrew. Autograph Endorsement Signed "A.J." as President, on the verso of the integral address leaf of an ALS, 1 p, 10x8", Washington, 22 Feb. 1835 by Wm. Hebb to the President, asking for Jackson's patronage in obtaining a position "…as the means of delivery from the state of depression so long experienced & from which I have so long…sought relief…." Very good. Jackson's bold endorsement reads: "Referred to the Secretary of the Navy that he may at once make the appointment of Wm. Hebb. A.J." The docket notes that Hebb was appointed Keeper of the Magazine 23 Feb. 1835.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 339
Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) 3rd President of the United States (1801-09). Partly-printed Letter Signed "Th: Jefferson" as President, 1½pp (front and back of one piece of laid paper watermarked "L MUNN"), n.p., 23 Sept. (18)08. Very good; the letter is archivally backed with japan paper; small areas of paper loss affect a few letters only. The letter is headed, "To the Inhabitants of the Town of [the name of the town, Winchendon, is inscribed in pen] in legal town-meeting assembled,"and is President Jefferson's response to those towns who had expressed concern at the repercussions of the Embargo Act of 1807. The date, "22d inst." that the town's "representation and request" were received is also inscribed in pen.

Jefferson's letter says, in part: "…No person has seen with more concern than myself, the inconveniences brought on our country…by the circumstances of the times in which we happen to live….For years we have been looking as spectators on our brethren of Europe, afflicted by all those evils which necessarily follow an abandonment of the moral rules which bind men and nations together. Connected with them in friendship and commerce, we have happily so far kept aloof from their calamitous conflicts….At length however, all regard to the rights of others having been thrown aside, the belligerent powers have beset the high way of commercial intercourse with edicts which…expose our commerce and mariners…a prey to their fleets and armies. Each party indeed would admit our commerce with themselves, with the view of associating us in their war against the other; but we have wished war with neither…." Jefferson goes on to explain that he cannot lift the embargo except "In the event of such peace or suspension of hostilities between the belligerent powers of Euopre, or of such change in their measures affecting neutral commerce as may render that of the United States sufficiently safe in the judgment of the President…."

The Embargo Act of 1807 prohibited all foreign export of cargo from American ports, specifically to foreign ports, and all foreign vessels from taking cargo from American ports. American ships were able to trade with and profit from both Great Britain and France until 1807. When the British Royal Navy began impressing American seamen to fuel their gargantuan demand for crewmembers, the decision was made to punish Great Britain, while maintaining American neutrality. The Embargo Act was passed December 22, 1807 by a vote of 22-6 in the Senate and 82-44 in the House. The South and the West, which were agriculturally based, were in favor; the Northeast, whose economy was based on manufacture, was against the Act. Unfortunately, the ones to suffer were the Americans who depended on trading with Great Britain. Towns such as Winchendon (Massachusetts), were hard hit; hence, their appeal to the President. The Embargo Act was repealed three days before Jefferson left office, but the Non-Intercourse Act, which replaced it, lifted embargoes on all countries except Great Britain and France; only in 1810 would those onerous embargoes be removed. The problem of impressment remained, however, and would be the major cause of the War of 1812.
Estimated Value $10,000 - 12,000.
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$9,840
Lot 340
Jefferson, Thomas. Partly-printed four language ship's paper signed as President, 1p, 17x21½", New York, 6 Aug. 1801. Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. Good; numerous edge chips and small areas of paper loss, affecting both seals in left margin and a couple of words in text. The signatures have been crossed out and the document is marked "Cancelled" in a contemporary hand. The passport is for the ship "Phebe" which is bound for "Trinidad in Cuba" and whose cargo includes furniture, cinnamon, "pease," dry goods, flour, butter, rice, claret, fruit, soap, candles, oil, empty gin cases, and other items.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,000.
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$2,880
Lot 341
Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) 17th President of the United States (1865-1869). Partly-printed Document Signed as President, 1 p., 9¾"x8", Washington, 1869 Feb. 23. Fine; light toning and one horizontal fold passes through signature. On official pale blue paper, authorizing the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the United States to my Proclamation of the Consular Convention between the United States and his Majesty the King of Italy…." Matted with a steel engraving of President Johnson and an engraved plaque and framed to an overall size of 20"x27¾".
Estimated Value $900 - 1,100.
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Realized
$1,035






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