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ADAMS, JOHN
JOHN ADAMS JOHN ADAMS. A rare and highly desirable autograph letter signed with initials, J. A., as President, to Secretary of War under both Washington and Adams, James McHenry. Writing from his home in Quincy the President attends to military appointments, "Inclosed is a Letter from Major Jackson, which I pray you to consider, and to send Mr. tillcomb his Pay and Rations accordingly, if the Law will allow it. He is a promising and deserving young Man fit for an ensign. "Inclosed also is a Letter from Major Lillie, which deserves your consideration. Burbeck is a Jewell that We must not loose and Lillie I think must be made a Major. I have seen him and enquired about him and find no good cause to pass him by. "Inclosed also is a Letter from Phillip Delano." In an extensive autograph postscript the President adds, "Benjamin Beale, Jr. you may positively set down for a Captain of Horse or Artillery or Infantry. The first I should prefer, as he does. He is well qualified for the second." One page, 4to. Attached is the autograph address leaf bearing a mint free frank, J. Adams, with various postal markings. Docketed by McHenry with a 4-line notation. Red wax seal present. In excellent condition. [ref:6463]
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ARTHUR, CHESTER A
A manuscript letter, on Grant Monument Association stationery, boldly signed by the former President as Chairman of the organization, New York, August 13, 1885. To Richard T. Greener, secretary of the Association, "You will please call a meeting of the General Committee of the Association for Thursday August 20, 1885....to transact such business as may come before the General Committee...for erecting the proposed monument to General U.S. Grant." Three holograph additions. 1 page, 4to. Tipped at left margin to larger sheet. Richard T. Greener, 1844-1922, African-American educator and diplomat, the first Black to graduate from Harvard College. A lover of art, he vetoed early plans for the Grant Monument as "unworthy designs" until the John Hemenway Duncan proposal which he thought fit "as presenting the characteristics of the Conqueror of the Rebellion." [ref:3662]
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BUCHANAN, JAMES
JAMES BUCHANAN A 14 x 17 vellum document featuring a military engraved vignette at the bottom and an American Eagle in flight at the top. Buchanan signs as President, Washington, February 6, 1858 and nominates Thomas Wilson to the U.S. Senate to be a lst Lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment of Infantry. Countersigned by Secretary of War John B. Floyd and bearing a light blue War Department Seal. Overall an attractive piece. [ref:5897]
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BUCHANAN, JAMES
JAMES BUCHANAN A draft, blind stamped, autograph letter signed, Washington, September 1, 1858, by the last pre-Civil War President. To L.J. Bradford, James S. Jackson and W. A. Cooke of the Kentucky State Agricultural Society, this quote being what survived a severe editing: " I have been honored by your invitation on behalf of 'the Directors of the Kentucky State Agricultural Society,' to attend their approaching Fair at Louisville." "I regret that the pressure of public business renders it impossible for me to accept it because I should esteem it both a pleasure & a privilege to be present on this interesting occasion." "Yours very respectfully, James Buchanan." 1 page, large 8vo. There are nine lines crossed out by the President, the wording of which is a more elaborate declining of the invitation. [ref:5898]
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Buren, Martin Van
MARTIN VAN BUREN An attractive and scarce one-page 4to autograph letter signed M. Van Buren as President, Washington, May 11, 1838. To American politician, at this time U.S. Minster to France, Lewis Cass, Van Buren requests professional courtesies for American diplomat Enos T. Throop traveling to Naples to assume his duties as U.S. representative to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. "My friend Gov. Throop our Minister to Naples will take Paris in his way & I take pleasure in bespeaking your kind attentions for him whilst in your vicinity. With kind regards for the ladies believe me to be, Very Respectfully & truly yours." Integral leaf docketed by Cass. [ref:3274]
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BUSH, GEORGE
GEORGE BUSH An autograph letter signed on the front and reverse of a 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 Vice President of the United States card. Dated August 17, 1983, the future President writes a neighbor in Kennebunk, Maine. "Dear Harlan, You could not have sent me anything I'd rather have than the Turn o' the Tide - Aug. 6, 1921. Mother is doing just fine; and we are having a perfect rest on the Point." "How kind you are." With original envelope bearing facsimile franking stamp. The two: [ref:5770]
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Bush, George H.W.
George H. W. Bush. An autograph letter signed George Bush, by the 41st President of the U.S., October 24, 1972, as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, on the front and reverse of a 6 x 4 crested UN correspondence card. To comedian Joey Adams, "I thought Cindy [wife Cindy Adams, columnist and author] had all the class in the family then along comes your book with the nice inscription. Now about some of those jokes!!" "Any way thanks so very much!" "Love to Cindy, her Miss Universe troop, and gratitude to you." [ref:5648]
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Bush, George H.W.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH. An autograph letter signed George Bush, on the front and reverse of a 6 x 4 Vice President of the United States card. Dated August 17, 1983, the future President writes a neighbor in Kennebunk, Maine, "Dear Harlan, You could not have sent me anything I'd rather have than the Turn o' the Tide---Aug. 6, 1921. Mother is doing just fine, and we are having a perfect rest on the Point." "How kind you are." With original envelope bearing a facsimile franking stamp. August 6, 1921 would have great meaning to Bush Sr. His father and mother were married at Kennebunk, Maine on that date. [ref:6033]
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Carter, Jimmy
JIMMY CARTER. An insightful grouping of material: A letter to former President Carter's mother Lillian Carter on Symphony School of America letterhead, La Crosse, Wisconsin, March 25, 1982; a request for Miss Lillian to intercede with her son to write down his thoughts on musical preferences. The letter was sent to her because President Carter had not responded to a similar request directly to him. It must have succeeded for Carter has written a 10-line autograph statement signed at the base of the letter: "My first [loves] were Grieg's piano concerto & all four of Rachmaninoff's (3rd my favorite). At Naval Academy, my favorite music was Liebestod from Tristan. I like classical guitar & Recuerdos de la Alhambra is my favorite piece. Among operas, La Traviata was an early preference. Leontyne Price is my #1 singer! These are just a very few of my favorites, Jimmy Carter." Accompanying this statement is a more formal typed reiteration on Presidential crested stationery, secretarially signed and dated April 21, 1982. To top it all off, another letter on Office of Jimmy Carter stationery signed by an assistant who apologizes for the delay in sending the President's comments: "I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get this to you. The letter had been filed in Archives, and it took some time to retrieve it." The group: [ref:5478]
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Cleveland, Grover
GROVER CLEVELAND An Executive Mansion autograph letter signed, Washington, February 18, 1886. Written during his first term, Cleveland writes a Lily M. Laughton, daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family and frequent guest at the White House. "I am exceedingly sorry that I could not attend the Charity ball at Philadelphia, the pleasant features of which so seductively set forth in your note. But you, who know something of White House duties and labors, can appreciate better than many others, their exacting nature and the obstacle they present to an indulgence in recreation such as you kindly proposed." Two pages, 8vo, lst and third pages of 4-page lettersheet. With original autograph addressed Executive Mansion envelope. The two: [ref:1176]
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