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NewBULLOCK, SETH (1849-1919)

# 7737

Member of the Montana Territorial Senate – 1871-72

Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana Territory – 1873

Moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where he opened a hardware business with Sol Star in 1876, soon becoming Sheriff of the Town

Portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in the HBO television series, “Deadwood”

Served as Captain of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War

Appointed U.S. Marshal for South Dakota by President Theodore Roosevelt, a longtime friend - 1909


Document Signed, 3 ¼” x 7 ½”, also dated and accomplished by Bullock, “Dec[ember] 30, 1871…$84.00…Extra Compensation as Member of the Council. Seth Bullock,” a partly printed warrant for pay due while serving as territorial senator.

The receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with wear, staining, and several small tears at the right edge.

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NewBULLOCK, SETH (1849-1919)

# 7740

Member of the Montana Territorial Senate – 1871-72

Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana Territory – 1873

Moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where he opened a hardware business with Sol Star in 1876, soon becoming Sheriff of the Town

Portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in the HBO television series, “Deadwood”

Served as Captain of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War

Appointed U.S. Marshal for South Dakota by President Theodore Roosevelt, a longtime friend – 1909


Document Signed, 3 ½” x 8”, also dated and accomplished by Bullock in violet ink, “Dec[ember] 9th 1871…One hundred and thirty seven Dollars, in full of the amount due me for pay and Mileage as Member of Council. Seth Bullock,” a partly printed pay warrant, while serving as territorial senator.

In excellent condition overall, the receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with a pencil notation at the upper edge.

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NewCALL, WILKINSON (1834-1910)

# 7843

U.S. Senator – Florida – 1879-97; Nephew of Richard Call, Florida Territorial Governor – 1836-39 & 1841-44; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

JONES, JAMES KIMBROUGH (1839-1908) U.S. Senator – Arkansas – 1885-1903; U.S. Representative – Arkansas – 1881-85; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

Two Former Confederates in the U.S. Senate

Signature, as U.S. Senator, “Wilkinson Call, Florida,” on a 3” x 7 ½” portion of an album page, with the signature of Arkansas Senator James Kimbrough Jones on the reverse.

The paper is lightly toned, with small binding holes at the edge.

Price: $50.00
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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
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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
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NewCRITTENDEN, JOHN J. (1787-1863)

# 7774

U.S. Attorney General - 1841 & 1850-53; U.S. Congressman – Kentucky – 1861-63; U.S. Senator – Kentucky – 1817-19, 1835-48 & 1855-61; Governor of Kentucky – 1848-50; Veteran of the War of 1812

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, July 13, 1861
The lifelong Kentucky Congressman remains in Washington, D.C. during the early days of the War

Autograph Letter Signed, 4 ½” x 5 ¾”, penned across lined paper, as U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

In the presidential election of 1860, Crittenden had backed John Bell, the nominee of the newly formed Constitutional Union Party. Believing that the secession crisis could be averted, he submitted a package of resolutions and constitutional amendments that came to be known as the Crittenden Compromise. As the plan allowed the spread of slavery into the new territories, it was adamantly opposed by newly elected President Abraham Lincoln, and votes on the provisions were blocked by Republicans in the Senate. Crittenden continued to work for reunification and the suspension of hostilities even after war broke out. President Lincoln called a special session of Congress on July 1, 1861, and this seemingly routine request of two weeks later to settle his account for lodging is undoubtedly due to Crittenden’s desire to remain in closest proximity to his congressional colleagues in Washington, D.C. Two of Crittenden’s sons served as general officers during the Civil War: George B. Crittenden resigned his U.S. Army commission and joined the Confederate States Army; Thomas L. Crittenden rose to the rank of major general in the Union Army.


“Messrs. F. Tenney & Co. Necessity of frequent consultation with my colleagues in Congress will oblige me, for the brief period of the present session, to take boarding with them. Be pleased therefore to send my bill up to & including today. Very respectfully, J.J. Crittenden, Washington, Friday – 13th July 1861.”


The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains.

Price: $350.00
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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.

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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.

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NewKIRKWOOD, SAMUEL J. (1813-94)

# 7835

U.S. Interior Secretary – 1881-82; U.S. Senator – Iowa – 1866-67 & 1877-81; Governor of Iowa – 1860-64 & 1876-77

As Civil War Governor of Iowa, refused Virginia’s extradition of Barclay Coppock, a participant in John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry


Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, “S.J. Kirkwood, Oct. 27/[18]87.”

Gilt-edged and virtually pristine, with a prefabricated, folded-back upper left corner, the card is affixed to larger backing.

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LAFAYETTE, MARQUIS DE (1757-1834)

# 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.

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MARTIN, CHARLES H. (1863-1946)

# 7768

Governor of Oregon – 1935-39

U.S. Congressman – Oregon – 1931-35

Served in the Spanish-American War & lead the Blackhawk Division in the Argonne during World War I, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal

Supported segregation and Jim Crow regulations in the U.S. Army

Commander of the Panama Canal Department – 1925-27

Retired as U.S. Army Major General in 1927


Signed Card, 3 ¼” x 5”, also dated by Martin as Oregon governor.

“Charles H. Martin, Gov[erno]r of Oregon, Salem, Nov[ember] 9th 1936.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with bleeding of ink in Martin’s middle initial, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

Was: $30.00  SALE Price:  $22.50
List Price: $30.00
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NewPASCO, SAMUEL (1834-1917)

# 7764

Confederate Soldier – 3rd Florida Infantry; Wounded and taken prisoner at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee – November 25, 1863; U.S. Senator – Florida – 1887-99; Appointed to the Isthmian Canal Commission by President William McKinley on June 9, 1899; Principal of Waukeenah Academy, near Monticello, Florida – 1860-61 & 1865-66; Namesake of Pasco County, Florida

Typed Letter Signed, as U.S. Senator on imprinted 8 ½” x 11” stationery. In a concise communication, Senator Pasco refers one Ellis D. Robb of Eldorado, Georgia to the War and Navy Departments for the addresses of several military officers, Medal of Honor recipient and Spanish-American War Major General William R. Shafter only being mentioned by name.


“Washington, D.C., Feb[ruary] 18, 1899. Ellis D. Robb, Esq[uire], Eldorado, Georgia. Dear Sir; Yours of the 17th, making inquiry relative to Gen. Shafter and others, has been received. So far as I know none of these officers are in Florida. If you wish to get letters to them, you can address the army officers in care of the War Department and the Naval officer in care of the Navy Department, at Washington; and I feel sure that if thus addressed they will be forwarded to them, wherever they may be. Yours very truly, S. Pasco."


The letter is lightly and evenly toned with scattered stains, as well as several nicks, tears, and small breaks in the paper at the margins and edges. There is weakness and clean separation at the edges of a horizontal fold at the center, along with bleeding to the ink in Pasco’s signature.

Price: $175.00
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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.

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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.

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NewWEBSTER, DANIEL (1782-1852)

# 7819

U.S. Secretary of State - 1841-43 & 1850-52; U.S. Senator – Massachusetts – 1827-41 & 1845-50; U.S. Congressman – Massachusetts – 1823-27; U.S. Congressman – New Hampshire – 1813-17; Opposed Nullification and the extension of Slavery into the Territories

Autograph Document Signed, 3” x 7 ½”, a promissory note, handwritten as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.


“Boston, May 16, 1831. Value rec[eive]d. I promise James W. Burdett to pay him on order six hundred & ninety three Dollars, & twelve cents, in six months. Danl. Webster.”


Significant chipping and tearing at the edges, along with punch cancellations, all well away from the signature, affect only a few letters of text.

Price: $235.00
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NewWOLCOTT, OLIVER, JR. (1760-1833)

# 7825

U.S. Treasury Secretary – 1795-1800; Governor of Connecticut – 1817-27; Revolutionary War Deputy Quartermaster General

Free-Frank as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President John Adams

Franked Address Panel, 7 ¾” x 9”, as U.S. Treasury Secretary, “Free, Oliv[er] Wolcott,” addressed in another hand, to “William Tuck, Esquire, Collector, Gloucester, Massachusetts.” With stamped postmark and free designations, docketing at the right edge is consistent with Wolcott’s tenure as treasury secretary, “18 Dec[ember] 1799, Sec[retar]y of the Treasury, rec[eip]t for $130.44. Marine hospital Money.”

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with scattered stains. The text is unaffected by several holes, one in the upper margin associated with the opening of the wax seal, weakness and separation at the folds, and heavier staining along the lower edge.

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