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CLAY, 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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GREELEY, HORACE (1811-72) American Editor & Abolitionist; Founder of the New York Tribune; Democratic Candidate for U.S. President - 1872

# 8041

Original Steel Engraving, 6” x 9 ¼” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 4 ½” x 5 ¾” image of Greeley, imprinted “Photo by C.D. Fredricks & Co. Eng[rave]d by J.C. Buttre, New York.”

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

Price: $25.00
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GREELEY, HORACE (1811-72) American Editor & Abolitionist; Founder of the New York Tribune; Democratic Candidate for U.S. President - 1872

# 8042

Original Steel Engraving, 6” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” image of Greeley, imprinted “From the original Painting by Chappel, in the possession of the Publishers,” and dated “A.D. 1871” in print below.

Excellent, with light, even toning.

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GREELEY, HORACE (1811-72) American Editor & Abolitionist; Founder of the New York Tribune; Democratic Candidate for U.S. President - 1872

# 8049

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 4” x 5” image of Greeley, imprinted “Eng[rave]d by H.B. Hall, Jr. from a daguerreotype…D. APPLETON & Co. NEW YORK.”

Excellent, with light toning, and there are old book binding remnants along the left edge.

Price: $25.00
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HURLBUT, WILBERFORCE LOVEJOY (1841-64) Union Captain – Fifth Michigan Infantry; Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; Killed-in-Action at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864

# 8606

Son of abolitionist minister Thaddeus Beman Hurlbut; Named for British abolitionist William Wilberforce and Elijah P. Lovejoy, his father’s friend and business partner, murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois on November 7, 1837

Original Steel Engraving, 7 ¾” x 10 ½” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 3 ¼” x 3 ¾” image of Hurlbut in military uniform, imprinted “Eng[raved] by H.B. Hall & Sons, 52 Fulton St., N.Y.”  From a biographical work, published in 1876.

Pristine.

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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.

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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.

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LANE, JAMES HENRY (1814-66) Union Brigadier General – Kansas; Authorized recruitment of the 1st Kansas Volunteer Colored Infantry; U.S. Senator - Kansas - 1861-66

# 8318

An opponent of slavery, Lane gained a senate seat upon the influx of Free-Soil settlers into Kansas in the 1850s and early 1860s.  An associate of John Brown, he conducted numerous raids and skirmishes against slavery factions in the border areas of Kansas and Missouri.  His power waning in the mid and late-war years, Lane committed suicide on July 1, 1866. 

Signature, probably a free-frank removed from an envelope, as U.S. Senator, “J.H. Lane, U.S.S.,” on a ¾” x 1 ½” slip of brown paper.

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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.

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OLCOTT, 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: $395.00
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STOWE, HARRIETT BEECHER (1811-96)

# 6681

American Abolitionist Writer – Authored “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 4 ¼”, with date and sentiment from Stowe’s Hartford, Connecticut home.

“Jan[uar]y 22, 1885. Very Truly Yours, H.B. Stowe, 49 Forest St., Hartford, Conn.

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

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STOWE, HARRIETT BEECHER (1811-96)

# 6981

American Abolitionist Writer – Authored “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Signed Gold-Edged Card, 2 ¾” x 3 ¾”, with date and sentiment from her Hartford, Connecticut home.

“Truly Yours, H.B. Stowe, 49 Forest St., Hartford, Conn., Jan[uar]y 26, 1885.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with surface loss along the upper and lower edges, presumably from past mounting, and there are old glue stains on the reverse.

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TILTON, THEODORE (1835-1907)

# 6580

American Poet & Abolitionist Newspaper Editor

A longtime associate of Henry Ward Beecher, Tilton filed charges against Beecher for “criminal intimacy” with his (Tilton’s) wife in 1874.

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ½”, “Truly yours, Theodore Tilton.”

The card is lightly toned and soiled and has a light diagonal crease in the lower left corner.

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TRUMBULL, LYMAN (1813-96)

# 6977

U.S. Senator - Illinois - 1855-73; Co-authored the Thirteenth Amendment – Prohibiting Slavery in the United States

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, as U.S. Senator from Illinois, Lyman Trumbull, Ill[inois].”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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TYNDALE, HECTOR (1821-80)

# 7038

Union Brigadier General - Pennsylvania; Returned the Body of John Brown for Burial after His Execution

At the request of his Quaker mother, Tyndale turned down an appointment to West Point to enter his father’s ceramics business. He escorted Mrs. John Brown to visit her imprisoned husband on the night before his execution, and on the trip returning his body for burial in North Elba, New York. Twice wounded, having three horses shot from under him, and being left for dead on the field at Antietam, Tynsdale resigned due to poor health on August 26, 1864.

Signature, with the rank Tyndale held from April 9, 1863 until his resignation the following year, “Hector Tyndale, Brig. Genl. U.S. Vol[unteer]s,” on a 1 ¼” x 5 ½” slip of paper; quite possibly war-date, as Tyndale resigned well before the end of the war, and was brevetted major general of volunteers on March 13, 1865.

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WASHINGTON AT MOUNT VERNON

# 8770

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 9 ½” overall, imprinted “McNevin.  J. Rogers,” immediately below a 4 ½” x 7” image, dated “A.D. 1859” in print below.  Depicted is an idyllic scene of the well-dressed first president at his Virginia estate, with kidnapped Africans and their descendants, his “property,” harvesting crops in the background.

Excellent overall, with a tiny tear at the lower edge and three small holes at the upper edge from past book binding.

Price: $40.00
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WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. (1856-1915)

# 6771

African-American Educator, Author & Political Leader

Letter Signed, on 6” x 9 ½” imprinted stationery of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. As school principal, Washington solicits a contribution to help pay the students’ tuition.

Tuskegee, Ala[bama], Jan[uary] 17, 1901. Mrs. E.C. Hammer, B. Hotel Alexander, Boston, Mass[achusetts]. Dear Madam, I write thinking that you might like to take some interest in our work. Our students pay their own board partly in cash and partly in labor, but are wholly unable to pay their tuition in addition. Any sum, however small, will help us. The enclosed circular gives definite information. Yours truly, Booker T. Washington, Principal.”

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and a few stains.

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WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. (1856-1915)

# 7016

African-American Educator, Author & Political Leader; First President of Tuskegee University

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, from the institute Washington helped establish in 1881.

“Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama, Oct[ober] 30, 1908.”

A light ink smear above the “W” detracts very little, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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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.

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