Historical Civil War Autographs
infobar.gif

 

Our Newsletter


MasterCard
americanexpress.gif         visa.gif

Vice Presidents, Supreme Court & Cabinet

Products
59 Items.  Showing Items 21 thru 40.
« Previous   1  2  3   Next »   Show All 

HAMILTON, PAUL (1762-1816)

# 6973

U.S. Secretary of the Navy – 1809-13; Governor of South Carolina – 1804-06

Repairs for the USS Enterprise - After Service Against Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, to “John Trippe, esquire, L[ieutenan]t Comm[ande]r, the Sch[ooner] Enterprise, N[ew] York.” As U.S. Navy Secretary, Hamilton conveys information relating to the repair of the Enterprise, and of her conversion to a brig. The ship was commissioned into the Navy fleet in 1799, quickly deployed in the Quasi-War with France, and soon was put into active service against pirates on the Barbary Coast. The vessel continued to patrol the Mediterranean for the next several years, returning to the United States for repair in late 1809, the preliminary details of her refurbishing being discussed in this letter.


“Navy Department, 8 Dec[ember] 1809. Sir, I have received your letter of the 2nd ins[tant] & congratulate you on your safe arrival in the United States. When the repairs of the Enterprise shall be authorized, you may convert her into a brig – but I can not at this moment determine whether to authorize her repair immediately or not – nor can I determine, until you make a particular report on the subject, stating the repairs necessary, & the expense of making them. I am respectfully Y[ou]r serv[an]t, Paul Hamilton.
Repair of the Enterprise was accomplished by early 1811, and she was refitted as a brig the following year. She saw active service against the British Navy during the War of 1812, most notably in the fierce naval battle which resulted in her capture of the British Brig Boxer, the commanders of both ships being killed in the engagement.

Born in Maryland in 1785, Lieutenant Commander John Trippe had become a midshipman in 1799, serving during the Quasi-War and in the Mediterranean, although on other vessels. He commanded the Enterprise during the year before her return to New York, but was assigned to other ships during her time in port. Lieutenant Commander Trippe died during the summer of 1810, although records differ as to whether he was aboard the Enterprise or the Vixen at the time of his death.

The letter is lightly toned, with the expected folds and light creases; several edge tears along the right edge, none affecting the text of the letter, have been repaired on the reverse, and there is a one-half inch strip of heavier paper affixed to the reverse along the left edge, presumably from past binding.

OUT OF STOCK
 

HAMLIN, HANNIBAL (1809-91)

# 6945

U.S. Vice President - 1861-65; Governor & U.S. Senator - Maine

Signature, “H. Hamlin, Maine,” on a 2 ¾” x 4 ¾” portion of a lightly toned album page.

OUT OF STOCK
 

HAMLIN, HANNIBAL (1809-91)

# 7001

U.S. Vice President - 1861-65; Governor & U.S. Senator - Maine

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”, with a full signature, Hannibal Hamlin, Bangor, Ap[ri]l 18, 1891,” from Hamlin’s home in Maine, less than three months before his death.

OUT OF STOCK
 

HAY, JOHN M. (1838-1905)

# 6880

Personal Secretary of Abraham Lincoln; U.S. Secretary of State - 1898-1905 – McKinley & Roosevelt Administrations

Hay became a friend of Lincoln while studying law in Springfield, Illinois and accompanied him to Washington to become one of his personal secretaries. After the war, Hay and Nicolay wrote their biography of Lincoln, and Hay served as Secretary of State under McKinley and Roosevelt from 1898 through 1905.

Signed Card, 2 ½” x 4 ¼”, “John Hay.”

OUT OF STOCK
 

HAY, JOHN M. (1838-1905)

# 6946

Personal Secretary of Abraham Lincoln; U.S. Secretary of State - 1898-1905 – McKinley & Roosevelt Administrations

Hay became a friend of Lincoln while studying law in Springfield, Illinois, and accompanied him to Washington to become one of his personal secretaries. After the war, Hay and Nicolay wrote their biography of Lincoln, and Hay served as Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt from 1898 through 1905.

Signed Card, 2 ½” x 4”, “John Hay.”

Pristine, both front and reverse.

OUT OF STOCK
 

HAY, JOHN M. (1838-1905)

# 6714

Personal Secretary of Abraham Lincoln; U.S. Secretary of State - 1898-1905 – McKinley & Roosevelt Administrations

Hay became a friend of Lincoln while studying law in Springfield, Illinois and accompanied him to Washington to become one of his personal secretaries. After the war, Hay and Nicolay wrote their biography of Lincoln, and Hay served as Secretary of State under McKinley and Roosevelt from 1898 through 1905.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, on the first and third leaves of a 5 ¼” x 8” letter-sheet. Addressing former Union General Frederick Tracy Dent, brother-in-law and secretary of President Ulysses S. Grant, Hay seeks the help of the President in securing his brother’s advancement in the military.

New York, August 31 [no year]. My Dear General Dent, Enclosed you will find the note to the President which you suggested I should write. My brother Lieutenant Leonard Hay is Adjutant of the 9th Infantry. He likes the service and desires to remain in it. I know him to be a very efficient and valuable officer and if you can do anything to promote his wishes, I am sure it will be to the advantage of the service, and will lay me under great personal obligations. I am very faithfully yours, John Hay. P.S. My address will be for the present ‘Republican Office, Chicago’ where I am always at your disposition.”

Beneath Hay’s closing and signature, General Dent has written and initialed a biographical notation of Hay, in pencil, “Private Sec[retary] of President Lincoln and author of Jim Beldsoe & little breeches. F.T.D.”

The letter-sheet bears the usual light toning, and there is weakness and clean separation, with no loss of paper, at the edges of two horizontal folds. The text of the letter is unaffected by a three-quarter inch area of paper loss in the upper margin of the second page.

OUT OF STOCK
 

HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL, JR. (1841-1935)

# 6786

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice– 1902-32; Civil War Union Captain – 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 6 ½”, to “Mrs. Carl C. Wheaton.” As U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, Holmes cordially complies with an autograph request, signing in full at the conclusion.

Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, September 5, 1930. My dear Mrs. Wheaton, Presence here will prevent my accepting your kind offer to show me your autograph book, but it gives me pleasure to comply with your slight request that I add to it and join so distinguished a company. Very Truly Yours, Oliver Wendell Holmes.”

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few unobtrusive stains and a horizontal fold at the center.

OUT OF STOCK
 

NewJAY, JOHN (1745-1829) First Chief Justice of the United States – 1789-95; President of the Continental Congress – 1778-79; Continental Congress Delegate – 1774-76 & 1778-79; Governor of New York – 1795-1801

# 7888

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 9 ¾” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” image of Jay, imprinted “From the original Painting by Chappel, in the possession of the Publishers,” and dated “A.D 1862” in print below.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few inconsequential stains.

Price: $25.00
Quantity:  1
 

JOHNSON, LYNDON BAINES (1908-1973)

# 7663

Thirty-Sixth U.S. President 1963-69; U.S. Vice President – 1961-63

Signed Program, 4” x 6”, as President, “Lyndon B. Johnson.” The program is for a White House event in honor of the President of the Philippines on October 5, 1964, featuring The Harkness Ballet.

The heavy paper is lightly and evenly toned, with superficial wear and soiling.

Price: $495.00
Quantity: 
 

KIRKWOOD, 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.

OUT OF STOCK
 

NewLANE, FRANKLIN K. (1864-1921)

# 7765

U.S. Secretary of the Interior – 1913-20; Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission - 1913

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 5 ½” x 9” stationery as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, to “Mr. John A. Stewart, 50 Church Street, New York City.”

“April 11, 1913. Dear Mr. Stewart: Your first letter, to which you refer in the present one of April 9, must have miscarried for I never received it. I appreciate the invitation to become an Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of Peace Among English-Speaking peoples. I am glad to accept on condition that the place is purely honorary, for as you know I am too busy with the work of the Department to give any real attention to other matters such as I would like to. Cordially yours, Franklin K. Lane.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and several light stains and creases. There is an old paper clip indentation in the upper right corner.

Was: $40.00  SALE Price:  $35.00
List Price: $40.00
Quantity: 
 

LINCOLN, ROBERT TODD (1843-1926)

# 6707

U.S. Secretary of War - 1881-85; Son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

Signed Card, 1 ¾” x 3”, “Robert T. Lincoln.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with old mounting traces on the reverse. It is accompanied by an illustrated trade card from an Amsterdam, New York grocer.

OUT OF STOCK
 

LINCOLN, ROBERT TODD (1843-1926)

# 6778

American Statesman; U.S. Secretary of War - 1881-85

Lincoln was the oldest and only surviving son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, front and reverse of the first leaf of a 4” x 6” imprinted War Department letter-sheet, to a Mrs. Frelinghuysen, quite possibly a relative of Secretary of State Frederick T. Frelinghuysen. As Secretary of War during the presidency of Chester Arthur, Lincoln sends information relating to a request that a West Point cadet be precluded from attending chapel at the Military Academy. The request was made by the young man’s mother, and Lincoln refers to the rule empowering the superintendent, General Wesley Merritt, a Union Major General during the Civil War, to make the decision.

“Oct[ober] 31, 1882. My dear Mrs. Frelinghuysen, Referring to our conversation on the case about a Cadet whose mother does not wish him to attend Chapel at the Military Academy, I send you a copy of the rule on the subject. It seems to give the Superintendent ample power to settle such matters & I have no doubt that Gen[eral] Merritt would accede to an application or fin[d] satisfactory reasons for not doing so. Very sincerely yours, Robert T. Lincoln.”

The letter-sheet has the usual folds, with heavier soiling and wear to the first page of the letter.

OUT OF STOCK
 

NewMARSHALL, JOHN (1755-1835) Chief Justice of the United States – 1801-35; U.S. Secretary of State – 1800-01

# 7915

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 4” x 5 ¼” image of Marshall, imprinted “Eng[rave]d by Jackman, New York…D. Appleton & Co., New York.”

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains and old book binding remnants along the left edge.

Price: $25.00
Quantity: 
 

NewMARSHALL, JOHN (1755-1835) Chief Justice of the United States – 1801-35; U.S. Secretary of State – 1800-01

# 7916

Original Steel Engraving, 8” x 10 ¾” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ¼” x 7 ½” image of Marshall, dated “A.D. 1863” in print below.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains and light creases.

Price: $25.00
Quantity: 
 

McCULLOCH, HUGH (1808-95)

# 6949

U.S. Treasury Secretary – 1865-69 & 1884-85

Signature, “Hugh McCulloch,” on a 2 ¼” x 4” slip of paper. A small image is affixed to the lower left corner; the signature is, in turn, mounted to a 5 ½” x 8 ½” album page, with the notation, “Secretary of the Treasury 1867,” in another hand above.

The signed slip is lightly and evenly toned. The larger album page has several chips and binding holes along the left edge, along with two horizontal folds.

OUT OF STOCK
 

MILLER, SAMUEL F. (1816-90)

# 7555

U.S. Supreme Court Justice – 1862-90; Appointed by Abraham Lincoln

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, with Supreme Court title, “Sam. F. Miller, Justice Sup[reme] Court United States.”

The card is in excellent condition, with minor brushing of ink.

OUT OF STOCK
 

PICKERING, TIMOTHY (1745-1829)

# 7823

Colonel and Quartermaster General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War; U.S. Postmaster General – 1791-95; U.S. Secretary of War – 1795-96; U.S. Secretary of State – 1795-1800; U.S. Congressman – Massachusetts – 1813-17

Franking Signature, as U.S. Secretary of State, “Dep[artment] of State, T. Pickering,” on a 3 ¼” x 5 ¼” portion of a postal panel, also addressed by Pickering to “The Hon[ora]ble James Sullivan, Boston, Massachusetts,” probably Massachusetts attorney general, later governor of the state, 1807-08. With a stamped postmark and free designation, the panel is marked “1798” in pencil in an unknown hand at the lower edge.

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with several nicks and small tears at the upper edge, and there is heavier wear and soiling along two vertical folds.

OUT OF STOCK
 

PIERREPONT, EDWARDS (1817-92)

# 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.

OUT OF STOCK
 

SMITH, CALEB BLOOD (1808-1864)

# 6952

U.S. Interior Secretary – 1861-63

Signature, “Caleb B. Smith,” on a 1 ¼” x 4” slip of paper.

Lightly and evenly toned, with old glue staining on the reverse.

OUT OF STOCK
 
59 Items.  Showing Items 21 thru 40.
« Previous   1  2  3   Next »   Show All