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NewJOHNSON, EDWIN C. (1884-1970)

# 7779

Governor of Colorado – 1933-37 & 1955-57; U.S. Senator – Colorado – 1937-55

Signature, “Ed C. Johnson, Colorado,” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet of personalized desk memo paper, with a beautifully embossed gold state seal below, as Colorado Governor.

The sheet has light toning and soiling, with a horizontal fold at the center. There are several light creases, along with minor paper loss from the torn spindle holes at the top.

Was: $15.00  SALE Price:  $10.00
List Price: $15.00

KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT – Southern Congressmen Petition the Attorney General for a Pro-Slavery Judicial Appointment in the New Territories

# 6833

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, a manuscript petition signed by five Democratic U.S. Congressmen from the South: James L. Seward - Georgia; Elijah W. Chastain - Georgia; Alfred H. Colquitt - Georgia; William B.W. Dent - Georgia; Sampson W. Harris – Alabama. Addressing Attorney General Caleb Cushing just two days after the U.S. Senate approved the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the letter recommends the appointment of Edward R. Harden, formerly a Democratic state congressman in Georgia, to a judicial post in the new territories.

Washington City, March 6, 1854. Hon[orable] Caleb Cushing. The undersigned beg leave to recommend to your favorable consideration Edward R. Harden of Georgia as worthy of an appointment to the office of Associate Judge for the territory of Nebraska or Kansas in the event of the organization of those Territories. Mr. Harden is a man of high character & distinguished legal ability & would fill this office with honor to himself & to the Country. It will not be improper to say that Mr. Harden is a democrat & a warm & ardent friend of the administration, and we hope it will be consistent with your views of the public interest to confer upon him the appointment asked. Respectfully, James L. Seward, E.W. Chastain, Alfred H. Colquitt, Wm. B.W. Dent, Sampson W. Harris.
Passed by the U.S. Senate on the morning of March 4, 1854, destined for approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, and signed by pro-southern President Franklin Pierce on May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act introduced the provision of popular sovereignty, allowing the issue of slavery to be decided by a vote of the settlers in the new territories. Immigrants on both sides of the slavery question soon converged on Kansas and Nebraska, setting the stage for clashes, some violent, between the factions. Likewise, the signers of this petition immediately seized the opportunity to influence the territorial judiciary. Their effort was amply rewarded, as Harden was soon appointed justice on the Nebraska Territory Supreme Court, serving from 1854 to 1857.

During the Civil War, Edward Harden served as Confederate colonel, Elijah Chastain served as lieutenant colonel of the First Georgia Infantry, and Alfred Colquitt rose to the rank of brigadier general in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Condition is excellent, with the expected light toning and folds.


LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 6212

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Returning the Remains of a Young Lieutenant Who Died in Texas to His Father in Pennsylvania

Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, to John Dick, a prominent Pennsylvania banker and businessman, later a U.S. Congressman from 1853 to 1859. While in command of his first fort, Camp Cooper, established in northern Texas to protect the frontier from hostile Indians, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee resends information relating to the return of the remains of Dick’s son, 2nd Lieutenant George McGunnigle Dick, in light of the possible loss of his previous letter on the subject. That communication, Lee suspects, may have been carried aboard the steamer Louisiana, when it burned and sank in the harbor of Galveston, Texas on May 31, 1857.

“Hon[ora]ble John Dick, Meadville, P[ennsylvani]a. Camp in Clear fork of Brazos, 13 July 1857. Dear Sir, Having seen a statement in the papers that the letters that had reached Indianola from about the 20 to the 30 May had all been lost in the mails shipped aboard the Steamer Louisiana, & as my letter to you of the 6 May should have been at Indianola about that time, I have determined to send to you a Copy, that you might see why your letter of 10 Sept. [18]’56 had been so long unack[nowledge]d, should the original have been lost, & that I had given such attention to your inquiries as I was able. I hope my letter of the 19th May reached you safely, & that you will have rec[eive]d w[ith] this the remains of your Son, forw[arde]d at that time to the Messrs. Thorps, who were also written to. I made arrangements for their shipment from Indianola, & have heard of their safe passage through San Antonio. With Sentiments of esteem & respect I am very resp[ectfull]y your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, R.E. Lee.”

During a forty-day expedition which scouted the headwaters of the Colorado, Brazos, and Wichita rivers, begun in early June, 1856, the four cavalry squadrons in Lee’s command had several encounters with hostile Comanche Indians. The available records indicate that Lieutenant Dick died at Camp Cooper on July 31, 1856 - just eight days after Lee’s return.  It is unknown if he died of wounds received during the expedition, or due to an illness or an injury that occurred at the notoriously harsh Camp Cooper.

The letter is in excellent condition, with slight discoloration along portions of the usual folds and superficial paper breaks at their intersections.


LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 7506

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Document Signed, 8” x 10 ½”, as President of Washington College, Lexington Virginia, April 28, 1867, “R.E. Lee,” the partly printed report card for a student, “Mr. Edwin T. Dumble,” in the subjects of Latin, Greek, and Mathematics.

Born in Madison, Indiana in 1852, Edwin Dumble moved to Galveston, Texas with his family as an infant. His education at Washington College was twice interrupted by reversals in his father’s cotton and lumber businesses. He later served as an executive in several oil companies – most notably the Southern Pacific, the Rio Bravo, and the East Coast Oil Companies - and as Texas State Geologist from 1887 to 1897. In 1924, Dumble received a doctorate of science from his early alma mater, now Washington and Lee University, before retiring to Virginia. He died in 1927.

In excellent condition overall, the document is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains. There are two small pinholes along one of the usual folds, none of which passes through Lee’s signature.


NewLIVINGSTON, ROBERT R. (1746-1813) U.S. Minister to France – 1801-04, Known for Negotiating the Louisiana Purchase

# 7893

Founding Father & Member of the “Committee of Five” that Drafted the Declaration of Independence; First Chancellor of New York – 1777-1801; U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation – 1781-83

Original Engraving, 7” x 10 ¼” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 3 ½” x 4 ½” image of Livingston, imprinted “Painted by J. Vanderlyn. Eng[rave]d by E. McKenzie.”

Excellent overall, with light toning and a few superficial stains in the margins.

Price: $30.00


# 7517

Confederate Lieutenant General – South Carolina

Longstreet saw action from First Manassas through Appomattox, becoming Lee’s senior lieutenant general in the Army of Northern Virginia. He held post-war positions in the Grant, McKinley, and Roosevelt administrations.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¾” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

Respectfully forwarded, J. Longstreet, L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l.”

While post-war manuscripts by Longstreet are readily available, war-date examples are seldom encountered. This endorsement, distinctly signed by Longstreet with his right hand, can be dated to the war-time period before the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 & 6, 1864, where a severe wound forced Longstreet to use his left hand for writing for many years afterward.


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.



# 6990

Confederate Major General - Georgia

A West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, McLaws entered Confederate service as colonel of the 10th Georgia Infantry, subsequently seeing action on the Peninsula, and at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

Signature, with closing and the Mexican War-period rank McLaws held from March 16, 1844 until February 16, 1847, “Respectfully, L.M. McLaws, 2nd Lieut[enant] 7th Inf[antry],” on a 1” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a letter; affixed to a larger card.

Closely clipped at the top, with light, even toning.


NewOLCOTT, BEN W. (1872-1952) Governor of Oregon – 1919-1923; Oregon Secretary of State – 1911-1920

# 7755

Assuring his defeat in the upcoming election, Oregon Governor Ben Olcott denounces the Ku Klux Klan

Typed Letter Signed, on official 6 ¾” x 9” stationery as Oregon governor. In this excellent communication, Olcott expresses thanks to “Mr. Binger Hermann, Roseburg, Oregon,” for sending a newspaper containing an article written by Hermann. Governor Olcott concurs in Hermann’s denouncement of the Ku Klux Klan, at the time an ascending, openly acknowledged presence in the politics of the state.

“State of Oregon, Executive Department, Salem. September 20, 1922. My Dear Mr. Hermann: I am in receipt of copy of the Coquille paper containing a most interesting article from your pen and which I have read with great interest. I appreciate your remembering me in this connection. I have not forgotten the fine letter you wrote me several months ago in connection with the proclamation issued by this office against the activities of the nefarious and odious Ku Klux Klan organization. It was a master piece and I took the liberty of reading it to several of my close friends also of yours. In the hundreds of communications I have received on this subject none exceeded or even equaled yours. With assurance of high respect and all good wishes, I remain Sincerely yours, Ben W. Olcott, Governor.”

As secretary of state, Olcott assumed office after the death of Oregon Governor James Withycombe on March 3, 1919. Refusing the support of the Klan, Olcott won the Republican nomination for governor, but was defeated in the 1922 general election – just weeks after the steadfast disgust affirmed in this letter - by Klan-backed state Senator Walter M. Pierce.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a center horizontal fold and scattered minor staining.

Price: $250.00

NewPERKINS, GEORGE C. (1839-1923)

# 7793

Governor of California – 1880-83; U.S. Senator – California – 1893-1915

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted stationery as U.S. Senator from California.

“December 26, 1908. Hon[orable] Henry H. Hart, C/o Jesse W. Lilienthal, Room 1206 Flood Building, San Francisco, California. My dear Sir: Your letter of the 11th instant at hand, and I take pleasure in sending under another cover copy of the President’s Message as you request. Yours very truly, Geo. C. Perkins.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds, and is accompanied by the transmittal envelope.

Was: $20.00  SALE Price:  $15.00
List Price: $20.00


# 7017

U.S. Attorney General – 1875-76; Prosecutor in the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial of John Surratt

Letter Signed, on imprinted 8” x 10” stationery as U.S. Attorney General, accepting the resignation of Lemuel D. Evans as U.S. Marshal for the Eastern Judicial District of Texas.

Washington, Jan[uar]y 22, 1876. L.D. Evans Esq., U.S. Marshal for E[aster]n Tex[as], Washington, D.C. Sir, I have received yours of the 29th instant, laying before me your resignation of the Marshalship of the Eastern District of Texas, to take effect on the 17th day of February, 1876, which resignation I hereby accept. Very respectfully, Edw. Pierrepont, Attorney General.”

Born in Tennessee, Lemuel Evans moved to Texas early in life, serving as a member of the state convention that annexed the State of Texas to the Union in 1845. He subsequently served a term in the U.S. Congress, as a member of the Reconstruction Convention of 1868, and as justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Evans died on July 1, 1877 in Washington, D.C.

The letter is pleasantly toned, with the expected horizontal folds and two spindle holes in the upper margin. There is a small tear, with no loss of paper, in the lower left corner, along with minor bleeding of ink to several letters in Pierrepont’s signature.


NewQUITMAN, JOHN A. (1799-1858) U.S. Major General - Mexican War; U.S. Representative – Mississippi - 1855-58; Governor of Mississippi – 1835-36 & 1850-51

# 7925

Original Steel Engraving, 7” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ¼” x 7 ¾” image of Quitman in Mexican War military uniform, imprinted “From the original Painting by Chappel, in the possession of the Publishers,” and dated “A.D. 1864” in print below.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains.

Price: $20.00


# 6645

Union Major General – Ohio; U.S. Congressman – California – 1881-85

Rosecrans led the Army of the Cumberland at Murfreesboro and through the Tullahoma campaign to Chickamauga, where he was routed by the Confederates under Longstreet, a misadventure which effectively ended his military career. After the war, he settled near Los Angeles, serving as U.S. Congressman from California, 1881 – 1885.

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, with rank, “W.S. Rosecrans, Maj[or] Genl.”

There is general soiling and wear, along with a few pinholes and light creases.


SCOTT, WINFIELD (1786-1866)

# 7149

Union Major General – Virginia; U.S. Army Brevet Lieutenant General for Service in the Mexican War

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.

Signature, with the brevet rank Scott held from his service in the Mexican War, “Free, Winfield Scott, Lieut[enant] Genl., &c.,” on a 1 ¼” x 4” portion of an envelope front.


NewTAYLOR, ZACHARY (1784-1850) Twelfth U.S. President - 1849-50; U.S. Army Major General – Mexican War; Served in the War of 1812 & Second Seminole War

# 8077

Original Steel Engraving, 7 ½” x 10 ¼” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ½” x 7 ½” image of Taylor in military uniform, imprinted “PAINTED BY ALONZO CHAPPEL…AT THE PERIOD OF HIS COMMAND IN MEXICO. From the original Picture in the possession of the Publishers,” and dated “A.D. 1863” in print below.

Excellent, with a few superficial stains in the margins.

Price: $35.00

NewTAYLOR, ZACHARY (1784-1850) Twelfth U.S. President - 1849-50; U.S. Army Major General – Mexican War; Served in the War of 1812 & Second Seminole War

# 8117

Original Steel Engraving, 7 ½” x 10 ¾” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 4 ¾” x 5 ¾” oval image of Taylor in Mexican War military uniform, imprinted “Eng[rave]d by W. Wellstood. From a Daguerreotype likeness taken soon after his return from Mexico,” and dated “A.D. 1857” in print below. The ornate border is captioned “Buena Vista” at the top, and there is a Mexican War scene below Taylor’s image.

Lightly and evenly toned, with minor staining at the edges.

Price: $35.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM H. (1805-93)

# 6780

Confederate Colonel - North Carolina; Commanded Thomas’s Cherokee Legion; White Chief of the Oconaluftee Cherokee

Document Signed, Charleston, South Carolina, June 13, 1838, “Wm. H. Thomas,” a partly printed 3 ¼” x 7” promissory note, payable to James W.Y. Watson for $258.82.

The document has light toning, soiling, and wear, along with the expected folds.


WILMOT, DAVID (1814-68)

# 7837

U.S. Congressman – Pennsylvania - 1845-51; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania – 1861-63; Authored the “Wilmot Proviso” in 1846, Intending to Outlaw Slavery in the Western Territories acquired by the United States in the Mexican War

Document Signed, 2 ½” x 7 ½”, “Towanda, P[ennsylvani]a, July 5th 1865…D. Wilmot,” a partly printed check drawn on the First National Bank of Towanda and made payable by Wilmot to “order of Smith & Powell” for $53.14. The check has been initialed and again dated by Wilmot on the two-cent revenue stamp at the left, “D.W. July 5, 1865.”

The check is lightly and evenly toned, with a few stains and minor brushing of ink to several letters of text. There is tearing and a small area of paper loss at the center from a punch cancellation, along with two spindle holes above the revenue stamp.


YOUNG, BRIGHAM (1801-77)

# 6587

American Mormon Leader; First Governor of UtahTerritory – 1850-58

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¼”, “Brigham Young.”

Accompanied by a second card, signed “Josiah T. Young.”

Both cards bear light, even toning, a few stains, and old mounting traces on the reverse.

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