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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.

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NewBULLOCK, SETH (1849-1919)

# 7740

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 ½” x 8”, also dated and accomplished by Bullock in violet ink, “Dec[ember] 9th 1871…One hundred and thirty seven Dollars, in full of the amount due me for pay and Mileage as Member of Council. Seth Bullock,” a partly printed pay warrant, while serving as territorial senator.

In excellent condition overall, the receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with a pencil notation at the upper edge.

Price: $525.00
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NewCALL, WILKINSON (1834-1910)

# 7843

U.S. Senator – Florida – 1879-97; Nephew of Richard Call, Florida Territorial Governor – 1836-39 & 1841-44; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

JONES, JAMES KIMBROUGH (1839-1908) U.S. Senator – Arkansas – 1885-1903; U.S. Representative – Arkansas – 1881-85; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

Two Former Confederates in the U.S. Senate

Signature, as U.S. Senator, “Wilkinson Call, Florida,” on a 3” x 7 ½” portion of an album page, with the signature of Arkansas Senator James Kimbrough Jones on the reverse.

The paper is lightly toned, with small binding holes at the edge.

Price: $50.00
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NewCAMERON, SIMON (1799-1889)

# 7846

U.S. Secretary of War – 1861-62, during the American Civil War; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania – 1845-49, 1857-61 & 1867-77

Autograph Letter Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. In this early letter, Cameron recommends a Dr. Charles Moswell for appointment as assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy to Navy Secretary Mahlon Dickerson.


                                                                                                                                               Middleton, Penn[sylvani]a
                                                                                                                                                           Aug[ust] 11, 1835.

Sir,

I have been requested by Mr. Jno. C. Boyd, a highly respectable citizen of North county, to write you in behalf of Dr. Chas. D. Moswell, who is an applicant for the situation [of] Assistant Surgeon in the Navy. I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with Mr. Moswell, but from the character of his connections in the State, and the representations of Mr. Boyd, I feel confident that the appointment would be a good one, and I should be much gratified if he could succeed.

                                                                                                                                                Very respectfully,
                                                                                                                                                           Simon Cameron


The integral leaf is also addressed by Cameron, to “Hon[orable] M. Dickerson, Secretary Navy, Washington C[i]ty, D.C.” In very good condition overall, the letter has somewhat heavier toning at the right edge, numerous tiny ink stains, a few nicks at the edges, and the usual folds.

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NewCANBY, EDWARD R.S. (1817-73)

# 7817

Union Major General

A veteran of the Mexican and Second Seminole Wars, Canby served in New Mexico in opposition to Confederate General Henry H. Sibley during the American Civil War. Subsequently transferred east, he took command of the Military Division of West Mississippi and was involved in the late-war actions at Mobile, Alabama. In 1873, he was killed by Modoc Indians in California.

Document Signed, an endorsement on the reverse of an imprinted 9 ¾” x 16 ¼” U.S. Army form, “Examined & approved, Ed. R.S. Canby, M[ajor] G[eneral] Com[mandin]g,” approving expenditures for the month of November 1867.

The document is in excellent overall condition, with the expected folds.

Price: $195.00
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NewCLAY, CASSIUS MARCELLUS (1810-1903)

# 7840

Union Major General – Kentucky

Though from an aristocratic, slave-holding Kentucky family, Clay established an antislavery newspaper, The True American, in Lexington, Kentucky in 1845. A Mexican War veteran and prominent Republican Party figure, he declined a general’s appointment due to Lincoln’s refusal to abolish slavery in the early Civil War years. Appointed by Lincoln, Clay served as U.S. Minister to Russia, 1861-62 and 1863-69.

Autograph Quotation Signed, with desirable full signature on a 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” slip of blue paper, imprinted “The Lincoln Collection of Autographs. Started by Mr. Lincoln in 1863. JOHN SPARHAWK WURTS, PHILADELPHIA,” in the upper left corner, including Clay’s handwritten attribution to the assassinated sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln.


“White Hall, K[entuck]y, Au[gust] 5, 1897. ‘If Slavery is not wrong Nothing is wrong’ A.L. Cassius Marcellus Clay.”


Exceptional and flawless.

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NewCOOLIDGE, GRACE (1879-1957)

# 7831

U.S. First Lady - 1923-29

World War II Dated Signed Envelope – August 5, 1944

Signed Envelope, 3 ½” x 6 ½”, “Grace Coolidge,” a franking signature, with the typewritten address, “Chilson’s Shops, 34 Center Street, Northampton, Massachusetts,” and bearing a Williamsburg, Massachusetts, August 5, 1944 postmark.

The envelope is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains, and there is light wear and minor separation at the edges. The postmark intersects Mrs. Coolidge’s signature, which remains a fine example that can be dated to World War II.

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NewCRITTENDEN, JOHN J. (1787-1863)

# 7774

U.S. Attorney General - 1841 & 1850-53; U.S. Congressman – Kentucky – 1861-63; U.S. Senator – Kentucky – 1817-19, 1835-48 & 1855-61; Governor of Kentucky – 1848-50; Veteran of the War of 1812

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, July 13, 1861
The lifelong Kentucky Congressman remains in Washington, D.C. during the early days of the War

Autograph Letter Signed, 4 ½” x 5 ¾”, penned across lined paper, as U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

In the presidential election of 1860, Crittenden had backed John Bell, the nominee of the newly formed Constitutional Union Party. Believing that the secession crisis could be averted, he submitted a package of resolutions and constitutional amendments that came to be known as the Crittenden Compromise. As the plan allowed the spread of slavery into the new territories, it was adamantly opposed by newly elected President Abraham Lincoln, and votes on the provisions were blocked by Republicans in the Senate. Crittenden continued to work for reunification and the suspension of hostilities even after war broke out. President Lincoln called a special session of Congress on July 1, 1861, and this seemingly routine request of two weeks later to settle his account for lodging is undoubtedly due to Crittenden’s desire to remain in closest proximity to his congressional colleagues in Washington, D.C. Two of Crittenden’s sons served as general officers during the Civil War: George B. Crittenden resigned his U.S. Army commission and joined the Confederate States Army; Thomas L. Crittenden rose to the rank of major general in the Union Army.


“Messrs. F. Tenney & Co. Necessity of frequent consultation with my colleagues in Congress will oblige me, for the brief period of the present session, to take boarding with them. Be pleased therefore to send my bill up to & including today. Very respectfully, J.J. Crittenden, Washington, Friday – 13th July 1861.”


The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains.

Price: $350.00
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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.

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NewDOW, NEAL (1804-97)

# 7733

Union Brigadier General – Maine; Colonel of the 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry; Wounded and Captured during the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana on June 30, 1863, confined at Libby Prison, and subsequently exchanged for Confederate General William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Son of Robert E. Lee; Mayor of Portland, Maine – 1851-52 & 1855-56; Candidate for U.S. President on the Prohibition Ticket – 1880

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

Sending a 6th N.Y. Infantry Corporal to Union General Nathaniel Banks for the Port Hudson Campaign

Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”. From the Union encampment in New Orleans, Dow recommends 6th New York Corporal Charles E. Berger for return to his unit, under the command of General Nathaniel Banks, a month before Banks’ failed assault and subsequent siege to capture Port Hudson, Louisiana, the Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Berger survived the campaign and was mustered out in New York City on June 25, 1863.  Dow’s letter is accompanied by a clerically handwritten special order, imprinted “Department of the Gulf, HEAD QUARTERS, DISTRICT OF PENSACOLA,” February 3, 1863, relieving Private Berger from duty in Pensacola and directing his passage to New Orleans.


“Head Quarters, U.S. Forces at Carrolton, April 7, 1863. The bearer of this, Chas. E. Berger, of the 6th N.Y. Vol[unteer]s, has been a clerk in the office of the Reg[iment] A[ssistant] A[djutant] General nearly five months, and has shown himself to be very competent to the duties of the position. He leaves me now by order of Gen. Banks to join his Regiment, whose term of service is nearly expired. I commend him to the kind regards of all with whom he may come in contact. Neal Dow, Brig[adier] Gen[eral] Commanding.”


Both letters have light toning, soiling, and wear, with minor paper loss at the edges of the expected horizontal folds, portions of which have been reinforced with archival tape on the reverse.

Price: $375.00
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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.

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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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NewHORNER, HENRY (1878-1940)

# 7773

First Jewish Governor of Illinois – 1933-40 – Died in Office

Noted collector of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, his collection was bequeathed to the people of Illinois, and now resides at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois

A noted Lincoln collector writes to a colleague

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 8 ¼” x 10 ½” stationery as Illinois Governor, to fellow Lincoln authority Emanuel Hertz, also Jewish, the brother of Chief Rabbi J.H. Hertz of England.


“August 9, 1937. Honorable Emanuel Hertz, 141 Broadway, Borough of Manhattan, New York City, N.Y. Dear Emanuel: This acknowledges your letter of August sixth. I surely would like to see the photostats you mention. When you are out this way you can give me a ring and I shall be glad to talk to you about them or you can let me look at them by mailing them to me. I hope you are well and have the best of good luck. Sincerely, Henry Horner.


The letter has heavier, somewhat irregular toning at the upper right edge, and there are two horizontal folds.

Price: $60.00
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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.

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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.

 

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