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The William K. Steiner Collection - Religion
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Lot 507
Noah, Mortecai Manual (1785-1851) American editor, journalist, playwright, politician, lawyer, court of appeals judge, New York Port surveyor, a major in the New York military and an ardent utopian Zionist. Document signed ("M.M. Noah") as Inspector of the Port of New York, 1 page, 4¼ x 10½, New York, Dec. 30, 1831. Certifying that a box of hyson tea, containing twelve pounds, was imported from Canton by John A. Brown & Co. in the American ship Italy whose master was Putnam. Signature slightly faded. Noah was a founder of New York University and put forward the idea of a Jewish hospital -- Mt. Sinai --which came about after his death. He was the most famous Jew in America when he died.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 508
Page From First Hebrew Bible Printed in America. From the Biblia Hebraica, one page with Hebrew text on both sides, chapter headings and marginal notes in Latin, 8¾ x 5¼ in., Philadelphia, 1814. The Bible, "editio prima Americana, sine punctis Masorethicis," was published in two volumes. The title page indicates that it is a reprinting of the second edition of the Joseph Athias Bible, edited by Leusden with Latin notes by Everardo Van der Hought, and that the Hebrew is printed without vowels. Together with a poster in Hebrew inviting Jews to immigrate to America. A colorful, welcoming poster, 11 x 8¾ in., with vignettes of the Statue of Liberty, a train, and a factory; below are several ships arriving in America.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 509
President Harry S. Truman Writes to the National Jewish Welfare Board. Typed letter signed as President, 1 page, on White House letterhead, 10½ x 8 in., Washington, April 30, 1947. To Frank L. Weil, National Jewish Welfare Board, sending greetings on the occasion of their annual meeting. "I am moved to voice my admiration for the constructive approach taken by the JWB to carry out an intensive year-long survey of its function in, and service to, the community. I am informed that the findings of that investigation, which was directed by prominent American scholars, and the recommendations of the investigators and the national commission of Jewish leaders with whom they worked are to be made fully and freely public…. the future of your organization will be largely determined by the appraisal of the results of that unprecedented study and the proposals it contains. May I express here my feeling that the organization whose magnificent devotion to the men and women in uniform won it the gratitude of the United States Government has richly earned its mandate from the Jewish community of this country to extend its splendid and wholesome career of service to youth on the broadest possible base." He quotes a laudatory message sent ten years earlier by FDR and adds, "The National Jewish Welfare Board…has given overwhelming testimony of its vital and vivid role in the life of our national community…."
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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Lot 510
Weizmann, Chaim (1874-1952) Zionist leader and Israeli statesman; the first President (1948-52) of modern Israel (1948-1952). Autograph letter signed ("Chaim"), 1½ pages, on stationery engraved Oakwood, 16, Addison Crescent, W.14, London, Jan. 31, 1925. In Russian, with English translation. To his ex-fiancée, Sophia Sonia Getzova, a pathologist, who wants an appointment at the Microbiological Institute of Hebrew University. "…it is impossible to make any appointments now because the director of the Institute has not yet been appointed. His nomination depends partly on the American doctors….As soon as it is known, I'll present your candidature to Rosenthal and shall, of course, support it….I've explained how matters stand both to Leo and to Einstein….I have only limited influence in this Institute, which is getting its entire financial support from the American doctors, and any precipitate step on my part might spoil the chances of success…."

Published in English translation in Letters and Papers, Series A, volume. XII., from a photocopy in the Weizmann Archives. This is the only known letter from Weizmann to Sophia after their engagement ended.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
Sotheby's, May 15, 1997, lot 92.

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Lot 511
Young, Brigham (1801-1877) President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and served as the first governor of the Utah Territory.

Autograph letter signed ("Brigham Young"), 1 page, 8½ x 5¼ in., Great Salt Lake City, April 12, 1860. To "Bro. Horace": "In making these purchases it may be necessary to buy some on a credit. Now, I do not wish you to press the matter unless it is done willingly and on the terms I desire. Otherwise we had better do without although the articles I am sending for are very much needed here. Especially the stool. In giving Notes I think they allow six month or more without interest. I wish you to get the longest time possible on your notes, and without interest until they are due." Ink is slightly faded but completely legible.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.
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