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NewWALTON, GEORGE (1749-1804)

# 7665

Signer of the Declaration of Independence; U.S. Senator – Georgia – 1795-96; Governor of Georgia – 1789-90; Chief Justice of Georgia 1783-89

Document Signed, 8” x 12 ½”, Chatham County, Georgia, December 14, 1785, “Geo. Walton,” as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, a manuscript legal document regarding the payment of a debt.

The document is evenly toned, with several stains and a few insignificant edge chips and tears. One word of text is affected by a small area of paper loss near the right edge, along the uppermost of three horizontal folds, another of which has been repaired on the reverse.

Price: $725.00

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

NewWELLES, GIDEON (1802-78)

# 7826

U.S. Secretary of the Navy - 1861-69, During the American Civil War

Civil War-Date Letter – Navy Secretary Welles devotes his attention to the Union Blockade

Letter Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”, with the closing and signature on the reverse, to “James T. Hale, Esq[uire], Washington, D.C.”  Responding to an inquiry from the Pennsylvania congressman, Welles conveys that the foreign fleet has been recalled, understandably preferring to devote all funds and resources available to the U.S. Navy to the Union blockade of the southern states, announced by President Lincoln on April 19, 1861.

“Navy Department, Sept[embe]r 21, 1861.  Sir: Your letter of the 20th inst[ant] has been received.  I have not time to revise the arrangement, at one time proposed with Mr. James McHenry, in regard to funds for our foreign squadrons, referred to by you.  It seems unnecessary, for the arrangement was never consummated by my predecessor, nor has it been recognized, at any time, by this Department.  In addition to this our squadrons have been recalled, rendering any change needless.  I am respectfully. Y[ou]r Obed[ien]t servant, Gideon Welles.”

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with staining and a few pinholes and light creases in the margins, along with two horizontal folds.

Price: $325.00

NewWILMOT, 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.


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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