Our 38th Annual New Year’s Day Auction Monday January 1, 2018 will feature a selection of historical documents including signed letters, certificates etc.
Lot 288. Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), September 7, 1868, signed letter, as president, to Secretary of War, on lined stationary with printed heading “Executive Mansion, Washington D.C. 1868″, requesting copies of correspondence from General Grant to General Halleck in 1864, from General Grant to the Secretary of War for the removal of General Butler, and the field return of the army of the Potomac & 9th Army Corps for April and May 1864, framed with engraved portrait of Andrew Johnson by Alonzo Chappel. Letter 10″ Ht., 7 3/4″ W., image 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ W., overall frame 15 1/2″ Ht., 30 1/4” W.. Toning and foxing to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 289. Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), February 4, 1850, signed letter, as president, to Epenetus Wheeler, New York City, thanking him for the gift of a box containing a proclamation by General Benedict Arnold after his treason and apologizing for the lack of acknowledgement because the box was misplaced, framed with an engraved portrait of Zachary Taylor by D. Appleton Co.. Letter 10″ Ht., 8″ W., engraved sheet 10″ Ht., 6 1/4″ W., overall frame 16″ Ht., 18 3/4″ W.. Light mat burn to letter, light foxing and toning to engraving, with tears along left side from binding. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 290. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), August 23, 1821, signed letter written from Pensacola, while military governor of Florida, to E. Salomon Esq., about a bank draft and check for five thousand dollars to the Bank of the United States at New Orleans payable to Andrew J. Donelson, framed with the original addressed envelope and a photogravure portrait of Andrew Jackson. Letter 9 1/2″ Ht., 7 3/4″ W., imaged 5 1/4″ Ht., 3 1/2″ W., overall frame 16″ Ht., 20″ W. Toning to letter, envelope and engraving seal torn from envelope, small tears to letter bottom center. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 291. Benjamin Lincoln (1773-1810), July 6, 1803, signed certificate as collector of custom for the Port of Boston for fifty-eight pounds of green tea brought from Canton on ship Elisa Odell, framed with engraved portrait of Benjamin Lincoln by T. Illman. Certificate 5″ Ht., 9 1/2″ W., image 4 1/4″ Ht., 3 1/2″ W., overall frame 10 1/2″ Ht., 19 3/4″ W.. Light toning to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 292. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), January 30, 1830, signed letter written in Washington, to Tristan Burges Esq., referencing a claim made while he was Secretary of State by a citizen of Rhode Island against the Mexian government concerning ships and cargo, engraved portrait of John Quincy Adams by D. Appleton & Co.. Letter 9 3/4″ Ht., 8″ W., engraving sight 8 1/2″ Ht., 6″ W., overall framed 13 3/4″ Ht., 20″ W.. Toning to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 293. John Tyler (1790-1862), February 7, 1842, partially printed document, signed as President, ordering the Secretary of State, “to affix the Seal of the United States to the Pardon of Charles Lancaster, framed with an engraved portrait of John Tyler with vignette of the White House by Charles Holl. Letter 10″ Ht., 8″ W., engraved sight 5 1/2″ Ht., 5″ W., overall frame 14 1/2″ Ht., 21” W.. Repaired tear to top right crease in letter, tears from binding along left edge of engraved sheet, very light foxing to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 294. James Monroe (1758-1831), Signed letter, as president, to a friend (unknown), acknowledging the receipt of a favor and copy of a state record “the value of which…., from my knowledge of the great talents…of those employed in it in succession, from the commencement of our revolution”, framed with engraved portrait of James Monroe by Martin Johnson & Co.. Publishers. Letter 9″ Ht., 7 1/2″ W., image 9″ Ht., 6 1/2″ W., overall frame 15 2/3″ Ht., 21 3/4″ W.. Repaired tears to top and right side edges of letter, toning to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 295. Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), July 24, 1854, signed document, as president, for the ship Fabius, mastered by Lyman Wing, bound for the Pacific ocean on a whaling voyage, partially printed with four copies in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch, countersigned by Secretary of State, William L. Marcy, framed with an engraved portrait of Franklin Pierce. Document 17″ Ht., 21 3/4″ W., image 7 1/2″ Ht., 5 1/2″ W., overall frame 21 3/4″ Ht., 33″ W. Small tears to creases and very light foxing to document, toning to engraving. Provenance: Lansdell K. Christie Estate, Muttontown.
Lot 296. Martin Van Buren signed document. Frame overall 17 1/2″ x 33″. Two sided framing. Hand written letter to his excellence D. D. Tompkins, Castleton N.Y., when Van Buren was attorney general, shows his signature (3) times.