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NewARCHBOLD, JOHN D. (1848-1916)

# 5334

ROCKEFELLER, WILLIAM A. (1841-1922) 

American Financiers; Co-founders of Standard Oil Company


Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 11”, New York, August 2, 1898, as company officers, Jno. D. Archbold, Secretary, Wm. Rockefeller, Attorney in fact,” a partly printed certificate for one hundred shares in the Standard Oil Trust.

Lightly and evenly toned, with light vertical folds; no paper loss from cancellations at both signatures.

Price: $1100.00
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BIDDLE, NICHOLAS (1786-1844)

# 7562

American Banker & Financier; President of the Second Bank of the United States – 1822-39

Signature, with closing also in Biddle’s hand, “Y[ou]rs with great respect, N. Biddle, Pres[iden]t,” on a 1” x 2” slip of paper, removed from a letter as president of the Bank of the United States.

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with a horizontal fold at the center, and the lower left corner has been cut at a slight diagonal.

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NewBINGHAM, WILLIAM (1752-1804)

# 6185

Member of the Continental Congress; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania - 1795-1801; Founder of the Bank of North America; President of the Philadelphia & Lancaster Turnpike Company

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1796, “Wm. Bingham,” as president of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Company, a partly printed vellum stock certificate, “…that Archibald McCall of the City of Philadelphia is entitled to one Share of Stock…” Countersigned by the company treasurer.

The document is in excellent condition, with light, even toning and two vertical folds.

Price: $1200.00
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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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EADS, JAMES B. (1820-87)

# 5225

American River Engineer & Inventor

Eads made enormous contribution to the Union cause by developing and manufacturing the iron-clad gunboats which helped in the opening of the Mississippi and other western rivers. 

Autograph Note Signed, 5” x 5”, inscribed to, and crediting, prominent Republican U.S. Senator Angus Cameron of Wisconsin for political assistance rendered in Eads’ effort to open the mouth of the Mississippi River below New Orleans to permanent navigation by installing jetties to scour sedimentation from the riverbed. Begun in 1875, entirely at his own risk - Eads would receive no payment from the government until a twenty-foot channel depth was achieved – the $5 million project was completed five years later, during which time New Orleans shipping tonnage rose by sixty-five times, making it the second largest port in the United States.

“Presented to the Honorable Angus Cameron, one of the Statesmen to whom the Mississippi Valley is indebted for an open mouth to its great river. From his friend Jas. B. Eads.”

Slightly heavier toning along right edge.

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EDISON, THOMAS A. (1847-1931)

# 5515

American Inventor

Document Signed, 5 ¾” x 10 ¼”, New Jersey, October 23, 1888, “Thos. A. Edison,” as company president, also signed on reverse, a partly printed certificate for shares of Edison’s own stock in the Edison Phonograph Works.

A few light folds; light staining and toning at left and upper edges.

Price: $4000.00
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NewHILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA – LAND CONVEYANCE INVOLVING TWO 19th CENTURY PIONEERS OF TAMPA

# 7838

(3) Documents, the largest 8 ½ x 9”, two others 7 ¾” x 7 ¾”, partly printed forms, Tampa, Florida, imprinted “REDEMPTION CERTIFICATE, STATE OF FLORIDA, Hillsborough County.” Concerning land in Tampa, Florida that was sold for non-payment of taxes, and signed SECRETARIALLY for Circuit Court Clerk Henry L. Mitchell, former governor of Florida, two documents are dated December 27, 1900, and convey “…Lot 8 Mugges sub…of Mitchells sub” to “J. Henry Krause.” Dated November 11, 1898, the largest of the three conveys “Lot 10, Blk. 17, Highland Park” to the same individual.


Born in Germany, John Henry Krause settled in Tampa in 1855, worked as a blacksmith and wagon manufacturer, and served in the 7th Florida Infantry, Confederate, during the Civil War. He was involved in numerous business ventures afterward, most notably as a partner in the Hava-Tampa Cigar Company.

The family of Henry Laurens Mitchell moved from near Birmingham, Alabama to Tampa, Florida when young Mitchell was fifteen years old. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at the age of eighteen. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Tampa on June 6, 1861 as first lieutenant, rising to the rank of captain in the 4th Florida Infantry before resigning to take his elected seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 1863. He was re-elected in 1873 and 1875, served as associate justice in the Florida Supreme Court, 1888-91, Florida governor, 1893-97, and circuit court clerk and treasurer for Hillsborough County until his death in 1903.


Worthy of further research as to the disposition of the land, the documents exhibit the expected horizontal folds, along with several minor stains and small edge nicks and tears. As illustrated, one of the smaller documents has paper loss in the left margin, not affecting the text of the document.

Price: $125.00
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NewROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. (1839-1937)

# 6178

American Industrialist & Philanthropist; Founder of Standard Oil Company

FLAGLER, HENRY M. (1830-1913)
American Industrialist; A Founder of Standard Oil Company; Founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway; Instrumental in the Development of Florida

Full Signature by Rockefeller - Very Rare on Stock Certificates

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 11 ¾”, New York, December 21, 1883, with full signature, very rarely seen on stock certificates, “John D. Rockefeller,” as president of the Standard Oil Trust, a partly printed certificate for fifty shares of company stock, issued to “George Thomas Dowling.” Countersigned by company secretary “H.M. Flagler.” 

Diagonal cut cancellations, with no loss of paper, affecting both signatures; several light folds.

Price: $5500.00
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NewROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. (1839-1937)

# 6176

American Industrialist & Philanthropist; Founder of Standard Oil Company

FLAGLER, HENRY M. (1830-1913) American Industrialist; A Founder of Standard Oil Company; Founded what became the Florida East Coast Railway; Instrumental in the Development of Florida

Signed Twice by Henry M. Flagler

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 15”, New York, April 5, 1882, “J.D. Rockefeller,” as president of the Standard Oil Trust, a partly printed certificate for one hundred shares of company stock, issued to “W.P. Thompson.” Countersigned by company secretary “H.M. Flagler,” with a second signature on the attached stub at left, “H.M. Flagler,” as attorney on behalf of Mr. Thompson.

Diagonal cut cancellations, with no loss of paper, affecting both signatures; several light folds.

Price: $4000.00
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SPINNER, FRANCIS E. (1802-90)

# 6954

U.S. Treasurer - 1861-75; U.S. Congressman – New York – 1855-61

Signature, as U.S. Congressman, “F.E. Spinner, M[ember] C[ongress],” on a 1” x 3” slip of paper.

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