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The William K. Steiner Collection - Presdiential Ephemera
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Lot 215
Book From Thomas Jefferson's Library. The Works of Alexander Pope. Volume VI. Imitations of Horace, Epistles. London: Knapton, 1751. Original calf, worn, lacks endpapers. With the bookplate of Reuben Skelton, Hanover Co., Virginia. Jefferson acquired Skelton's books in 1774 with the library of his father in-law John Wayles whose third wife Elizabeth was Skelton's widow. Skelton was also the brother of Martha Jefferson's first husband, Bathurst Skelton. With Jefferson's own secret library mark, a small "T" by the signature mark "I" (there being no signature "J" in the book), on page 113. Jefferson's friend John Bernard is quoted as saying "Shakespeare and Pope [Jefferson] said, gave him the perfection of imagination and judgment, both displaying more knowledge of the human heart - the true province of poetry-than he could elsewhere find."
Estimated Value $3,000 - 5,000.
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Lot 216
Eisenhower Memorial Lot. First Day Cover with cachet: "National Day of Mourning / March 31, 1969 / Funeral - Washington, D.C. / Dwight David Eisenhower / Soldier…President…**AMERICAN**" bearing the signatures of President Eisenhower's twelve honorary pallbearers: Omar N. Bradley as General of the Army; Milton S. Eisenhower; Edgar Eisenhower; Wade H. Harslip, General U.S. Army retd.; Gen. Lauris Norstad; Adm. Alfred M. Gruenther; Adm. Lewis L. Strauss; George W. Anderson / Admiral U. S. Navy (ret); J. Lawton Collins / General, U.S.A. Ret; Gen Leonard D. Heaton; Col. G. Gordon Moore; and Master Sergeant John Moaney, who served as Eisenhower's valet from 1942 until his death. With a First Day of Issue of a 6¢ stamp honoring Ike, with Abilene, KS OCT 14, 1969 cancellation, on an 8½ x 11 in. sheet with "Prayers from the Inaugural Address of Dwight D. Eisenhower," and "Ike's Last Words."
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 217
[Garfield, James A.] Letter on Garfield's Death, by Surgeon Joseph J. Woodward. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages, 8 x 5 in., War Department, Surgeon General's Office, Washington, D.C., September 26, 1881. To Dr. I. Minis Hays (1847-1925). An important letter from Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Janvier Woodward (1833-1884), who wrote reports on the autopsies of both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, and was one of the physicians attending President James A. Garfield after he was shot. Woodward writes to the great Jewish pioneer opthamologist and curator of the Franklin Papers at The Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Marked "Confidential": "My dear Doctor, After our last conversation I think I ought to send you the enclosed [not present] copy of the proceedings of a meeting of the late Presidents physicians held last night, which however you must regard as shown you in strict confidence. The proceedings have today been sent to Drs. Hamilton and Agnew for their views. A copy of my report of the post mortem examination was also sent to day to Drs. Hamilton, Agnew, and Smith, and this report will not be made public till their approval (which they are asked to telegraph if possible) is secured. So soon as this is done I am authorized to furnish copies to the New York Medical Record and to you. The reason for not giving it to either exclusively is because it is not yet determined which offer for the History of the Case will be accepted. As soon as any conclusion is arrived at I will let you know. Meanwhile you must judge for yourself whether you wish to wait for the October number for the post-mortem record, which will probably be ready in a day or two at farthest. Sincerely Your friend, J.J. Woodward".

After being shot by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, the President's wound was probed by numerous medical experts with unsterilized metal instruments or bare hands. The sterile technique taught by British surgeon Joseph Lister in the mid 1860s, and accepted in France, German, and other parts of Europe, was not widely recognized or used by American physicians. The massive infection which resulted from unsterile practices was a contributor to Garfield's death.
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,500.
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Lot 218
Johnson, Andrew. An invitation to dine at the White House on February 27, 1867, addressed to New Jersey congressman John F. Starr, with two envelopes addressed to him, one with "From the President of the United States" as the return address. Some soiling. The invitation, which has an embossed "J" and the plain envelope were addressed by Col. Robert Johnson; the other envelope was addressed by Maj. Robert Morrow. Both men were secretaries to President Johnson.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 219
[Kennedy, John F.] First Day Cover Signed By His Cabinet. First Day Cover with memorial cachet of President Kennedy signed by:

Secretary of State Dean Rusk
Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara
Postmaster General J. Edward Day (1961) and John A. Gronouski (1963)
Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall
Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman
Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges
Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg (1961) and W. Willard Wirtz (1962)
Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Abraham A. Ribicoff (1961) and Anthony J. Celebrezze (1962)

JFK's brother, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, did not sign. The FDC was cancelled at Boston, May 29, 1964 and bears a 5¢ stamp honoring the late President.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 220
[Washington, George] Lord Fairfax - Land Grant From A Survey Made By Washington. Manuscript document signed ("Fairfax"), 1 page, vellum, 11½ x 13 in., County of Fairfax, Va., May 4, 1754. Granting land to an early Shenandoah Valley settler. The document actually mentions George Washington as the surveyor: " The right Honorable Thomas, Lord Fairfax - Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia….Know ye that for good causes, and in consideration of the Composition to me paid and for the annual rent hereafter reserved I have given, granted and confirmed…unto Hugh Hughes of Frederick County a certain tract…in the County of Great Cacapechon and bounded as followeth by a Survey thereof made by Mr. George Washington…Containing 480 acres together with all rights, members and apapurtenances thereunto belonging, Royal Mines excepted. And a full third part of all lead, copper, tin coal…and ore that shall be found there. The fee of one shilling sterling money for every 50 acres of land hereby granted ….Given at my office in the County of Fairfax with my said Proprietary under my Hand and Seal…." Document is worn and yellowed; small holes in vellum and heavy fold wear affect a few words of text. Fairfax' seal is intact at upper left.

In 1748, Lord Fairfax had hired sixteen-year-old George Washington to survey the Northern Neck of Virginia. Fairfax became Washington's mentor and friend, as well as his employer, and he played an important role in Washington's rise to political and social prominence. The friendship and affection between the two men did not suffer during the Revolution, even though Fairfax was a Loyalist. Washington kept an eye on his old friend and was probably the reason Fairfax' lands were not expropriated.
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,500.
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