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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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NewBELKNAP, WILLIAM W. (1829-90)

# 7741

Union Brigadier General – Iowa; U.S. Secretary of War – 1869-76

An Iowa legislator before the Civil War, Belknap entered Union service with the 15th Iowa Infantry, seeing action in the West from Shiloh through Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and Bentonville. He became U.S. Secretary of War in the cabinet of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869, but was impeached and forced to resign for taking bribes in 1876.

Signature, as U.S. War Secretary, with the date also in Belknap’s hand, on an imprinted 5” x 7” sheet of official War Department stationery.

“March 29th 1870, Wm. W. Belknap, Sec[retar]y of War.”

The sheet is lightly and evenly toned, with breaks in the paper along several folds.

Was: $95.00  SALE Price:  $75.00
List Price: $95.00
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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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NewBUFORD, JOHN (1826-63)

# 7809

Union Major General – Kentucky

“…Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 20th 1849…”

A West Point graduate and longtime officer in the Regular U.S. Army, Buford served in the East from Second Manassas through Gettysburg, where his gallant defense of the town against the advancing Confederates on the first day set the stage for a Union victory. He died later in the year.

Autograph Document Signed, 8” x 10”, approving supplies received from Captain (and future Confederate Brigadier General) Alexander W. Reynolds for use by the 2nd Dragoons.


“…Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 20th 1849…Jno. Buford, L[ieutenan]t 2nd Drag[oon]s, Com[man]d[in]g Comp[any] ‘H’ 2nd Drag[oon]s.”


In very good condition overall, there is minor paper separation and toning at two horizontal folds, along with a few superficial stains.

Price: $3250.00
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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.

Price: $495.00
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NewCROOK, GEORGE (1828-90)

# 7813

Union Major General – Ohio

A West Point graduate, Crook led the 36th Ohio at South Mountain and Sharpsburg before commanding a cavalry division under Thomas at Chickamauga. In February of 1865, he and General Benjamin Kelley were captured by Confederate Partisan Rangers under Captain Jesse McNeill at Cumberland Maryland, and were subsequently exchanged. After the war, Crook was an Indian fighter, noted for the defeat of Crazy Horse at Rosebud Creek and the capture of Geronimo.

Signature, on a 1 ¾” x 4” slip of paper, “George Crook, Brig[adier] Gen[eral] U.S.A.”

There are vertical and horizontal folds, along with old mounting traces on the reverse.

Price: $325.00
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NewDYE, EVA EMERY (1855-1947)

# 7801

American Historian, Suffragist, and Writer; Best known as the author of “Conquest: The True Story of Lewis & Clark”

Autograph Note Signed, 4 ¾”x 7 ¼”, undoubtedly a page from her book, “McLoughlin and Old Oregon.” Published in 1900, the book portrayed and romanticized the life of Dr. John McLoughlin, early Oregon settler later known as “The Father of Oregon,” whose general store in Oregon City was the last stop on the Oregon Trail.

“May we all emulate the virtues of this benevolent despot. Your friend, the author, Eva Emery Dye. Oregon City, Oregon, July 31, 1924.”

The page is lightly and evenly toned, with minor staining in the margins and at the edges.

Price: $95.00
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NewEARLY, JUBAL A. (1816-94)

# 7811

Confederate Lieutenant General – Virginia

After graduating from West Point in 1837 and serving in the Mexican War, Early entered the Confederate Army in 1861 and subsequently took part in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 through 1864. After the Wilderness and Cold Harbor, Early’s cavalry fought in the Shenandoah Valley until March of 1865.

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”, “J.A. Early, Lynchburg, Virginia.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few minor stains, and there are old biographical notes in pencil on the reverse.

Price: $425.00
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NewGRIERSON, BENJAMIN H. (1826-1911)

# 7810

Union Major General – Pennsylvania

"Buffalo Soldiers" Signed Pay Document

Grierson conducted the cavalry raid which began in La Grange, Tennessee on April 17, 1863 and concluded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 2. It was a highly successful action designed to disrupt Confederate supply lines in the rear of Vicksburg. After the war, Grierson was stationed in the Southwest, where he led the 10th U.S. Cavalry, one of four all-black Regular U.S. Army regiments which comprised the “Buffalo Soldiers,” whose first assignment was in the western Indian Wars.

Document Signed, 8 ½” x 11 ¼”, May 6, 1872, “B.H. Grierson, Col[onel] 10th Cavalry,” a partly printed document authorizing pay for one Bernard Geeser, Acting Assisant Surgeon (who signs at the conclusion) in Grierson’s command of Buffalo Soldiers.

The document is lightly and evenly toned, with weakness and minor paper loss at the edges of two vertical folds.

Price: $525.00
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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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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.

Was: $40.00  SALE Price:  $30.00
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NewMERRITT, WESLEY (1834-1910)

# 7814

Union Major General – Saw action from Chancellorsville through Appomattox in the Army of the Potomac Cavalry; Served in the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War; Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point – 1882-87; 1st American Military Governor of the Philippines - 1898

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”, partly printed on vellum, West Point, New York, April 18, 1885, W. Merritt, Col[onel] 5th Cav[alr]y, B[re]v[e]t Maj[or] Gen[era]l U.S. Army,” a discharge for Artillery Private Patrick Jordan (who signs at the upper left), a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, on the expiration of his second enlistment.

The document is pleasantly toned, with a small area of paper loss along the upper of two horizontal folds.

Price: $225.00
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NewMORRIS, ROBERT (1734-1809)

# 7667

British-Born American Merchant & Financier; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Member of the Continental Congress – 1775-78; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania – 1789-95

A Signer of the Declaration of Independence Writes from Debtor’s Prison

Autograph Letter Signed, 7 ½” x 9 ¾”, to business partner John Nicholson. Writing from debtor’s prison, the former U.S. Senator and “Financier of the Revolution,” recently bankrupted in the Panic of 1797, sends letters [not present] from General Forrest.


“…April 6, 1798. Jno. Nicholson. D[ea]r Sir, In order to prevent delay in Gen[era]l Forrest’s business I send herewith his sundry letters of the following dates. Feb[ruar]y 26 & 28th; March 1st; 9th; 11th; 11th; 27th & 27th. Last, when you have done with, you will return them to yours & c. Robt. Morris. PS. also one of the 27th Feby. to you.”
The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with staining at the middle and lower left. There is an old tissue repair to one of three horizontal folds on the reverse.

 

Price: $995.00
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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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NewREVOLUTIONARY WAR IN NEW YORK CITY - 1776

# 7723

Fearing Invasion and Bombardment from British Warships, the Defenses of New York City are prepared for the arrival of General Washington

Manuscript Document, 8” x 8 ¼”, in an unidentified hand, March 21 & 22, 1776. A return for hardware issued in preparing the defenses of New York City just a month before the arrival of General Washington, quantities of tools being dispensed by Quartermaster Nicholas Quackenbush, “Pick Axes, Spaides, Iron Shovels, Shod Shovels, Crow Barrs, Saws, and W[heel] Barrows,” are listed at left and right.

Captioned at center, “On Account, Intrenching Tools delivered to the undermention[e]d Captains by N[icholas] Quack[enbu]sh…March 21st 1776, this day on duty,” and similarly entitled at mid-page for the following day, the commanders and locations in lower Manhattan for which the hardware is provided being enumerated below.


Stephen [?]…B[unker] Hill; Peter Houtenburgh…Fort; Sam[ue]l Johnson…B[unker] Hill; John Meaks…P[ack] Slip; Evert…Byrancks [Wharf], Exch[ange] Slip; W. K…Bur[lings] Slip; W. R…Fly Market; W. Denning…Beckman Slip (probably Committee of One Hundred member and Revolutionary War-era New York Congressman); A. Van D…Coffee House [Slip]; Robert Benson…Old Slip; Capt[ain] Minthorn…at the fort; ...Old Slip & Coffee House [Slip]; Burmingham…Bayerd hill; Wolf…B[unker] Hill & P[ack] Slip; John Turner…Broad Street; W. January, Beekm[an]’s [Wharf] & Burl[ing] Slip


After the year-long Siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate in March 1776, they turned their attention to New York City. Work on that city’s fortifications - virtually non-existent at the time – was begun by Continental Army General Charles Lee, who arrived in the ill-prepared city by order of General George Washington in late January 1776. Concerned for an uprising of the city’s sizable loyalist population and fearing bombardment by British warships in New York Harbor, Washington arrived and took command of the American forces in early April, just days after the accomplishment of this document. As expected, the warship HMS Asia arrived in New York Harbor on May 27, with another one hundred thirty ships from the British fleet soon to follow. The stage was set for the battles of Brooklyn Heights, Harlem Heights, White Plains, and Fort Washington. The city was evacuated in mid-November, and remained in British hands for the remainder of the war.

The document is lightly and evenly toned, with the expected folds and minor stains, and the bottom edge is somewhat irregular.

Price: $4000.00
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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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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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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
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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.

Price: $195.00
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