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CHARLES VI (1685-1740)

# 7157

Holy Roman Emperor – 1711-40

Document Signed, 9 ¼” x 13 ½”, four pages, un-translated, Vienna, July 22, 1730, an appointment for a Dr. Nicholas Sola; signed in the upper portion of the third page, “yo el Rey,” the traditional “I the King.”

The two sheets are moderately worn throughout, with extensive chipping and tearing at the edges, none significantly affecting the text of the document, and there is an old repair to the paper at the lower right corners.

Price: $325.00

CORNING, ERASTUS (1794-1872)

# 5338

American Industrialist – New York Central Railroad Founder; Democratic U.S. Congressman – 1857-59 & 1861-63

Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 8”, as U.S. Congressman from New York, responding to a request for the appointment of the former U.S. Minister to Ecuador, Van Brugh Livingston, from William W. Campbell, a prominent New York judge and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and promising to pursue the matter directly to President James Buchanan.

“Washington, Dec. 18, 1858. W.W. Campbell, Esq., My dear Sir, I duly rec[eive]d your favor of the 25th ult[imo] requesting my aid in obtaining the appointment of Doct[or] Livingston as consul at La Union San Salvador. I have seen the Dep[ut]y Sec[retar]y of State who will advance to the President to make the appointment. I hope to see the President on Monday when I trust I shall be able to bring the matter to a point. Yours Very Respectfully, Erastus Corning.”

Several light folds and a light diagonal crease at lower left, well away from text.

Price: $275.00

HANCOCK, JOHN (1737-93)

# 6546

Signer of the Declaration of Independence; President of the Continental Congress; Governor of Massachusetts - 1780-85 & 1787-93

Signature, “John Hancock…” on a 1 ¼” x 4 ½” slip of paper, with the period notation, March 27, 1780,” in an unidentified hand above.

The slip bears general soiling and wear, the irregularly clipped left edge has been filled, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.


HOOVER, J. EDGAR (1895-1972)

# 7156

First Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – 1935-72

Typed Letter Signed, on 8” x 10” imprinted stationery as director of the F.B.I., a letter of commendation for agents involved in an investigation.

"Washington, D.C.20535, December 29, 1971. Mr. William M. Alexander, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville, Florida. Dear Mr. Alexander: I would like to commend, though you, the Agent personnel of your division who participated so effectively in the investigation of Raymond David Wright and others, the subjects of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution cases. Everyone approached his responsibilities in a tireless and determined fashion in order to contribute materially to the success accomplished. I ask that you express my appreciation to all concerned. Sincerely yours, J. Edgar Hoover.

The letter is in excellent condition, with the usual horizontal folds and two spindle holes in the upper margin.



# 6491

French Soldier & Statesman; Hero of the American Revolution

Autograph Note Signed, 1 ¾” x 4 ½”, undated. Given only Lafayette’s postscript reference to “Mrs. Armstrong,” the recipient of the note cannot be identified with certainty.

“Altho I learn…Your Voyage it pains me much to …with you, My dear friend, and with the confidential conversations we had on every American concerns on this side of the Atlantic, as well as on many European subjects. Whatever distance of place passes us, I shall remain Your affectionate friend, Lafayette. My best respects to Mrs. Armstrong.”

The lightly soiled note has been affixed to a 5” x 7 ½” letter-sheet, with the manuscript notation, “La Fayette,” above.


QUITMAN, JOHN A. (1799-1858)

# 6499

U.S. Major General - Mexican War; Democratic U.S. Representative – Mississippi - 1855-58; Governor of Mississippi – 1835-36 & 1850-51

A Mexican War veteran and ardent antebellum advocate of states' rights, Quitman died in Natchez, Mississippi in 1858, allegedly as a result of consuming poisoned food at the inaugural banquet of James Buchanan.

Signed Envelope, 3" x 5 ½”, “Free, J.A. Quitman, M.C.,” a franking signature as U.S. Congressman from Mississippi, also addressed by Quitman to his son, “F. Henry Quitman, E[squi]r[e], Houma, Terrebonne, Louis[ian]a,” and bearing a Washington, DC postmark.

Light soiling and wear.


SCOTT, WINFIELD (1786-1866)

# 6070

Union Major General - Virginia; U.S. Presidential Candidate - Whig Party - 1852

Scott’s Civil War role was limited to the conception of the “Anaconda Plan” for forcing the surrender of the Confederacy. Due to advanced age, he resigned from the army shortly after McClellan’s appointment to command the Army of the Potomac.

Recommending Brevet Brigadier General Harvey Brown to War Secretary Stanton 

War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, two pages on front and reverse of a 5” x 8” sheet, recommending an old army comrade, Colonel Harvey Brown, to War Secretary Edwin Stanton.

“N. York, Apl. 9 1862. Dear Sir: I beg to present to you Col. Harvey Brown, one of the most distinguished veterans of the army & whose last gallant achievement, at Ft. Pickens, seems to merit a special reward, like all his other services on whatever field. Col. B. has had fortune in respect to promotion which, I trust, the War Department may now be able to correct. With the highest respect, I have the honor to remain, Y[ou]r most Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, Winfield Scott. Hon. E.M. Stanton, Sec. of War.”

A lifelong soldier, Brown had served in the Florida Seminole Wars and under Scott during the Mexican War. Having declined appointment to brigadier in the volunteer services, he was brevetted brigadier general, effective November 23, 1861, for gallant conduct in the command of Ft. Pickens, Florida during the Confederate attempts to take the Santa Rosa Island post. On April 5, 1862, Brown took command of the defenses of New York City and was later brevetted major general for his role in suppressing the Draft Riots there the following year.

Lightly and evenly toned, with small holes at corners and tape repairs to clean paper separation at the folds.