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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Other Civil War Figures

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
433
c
A.H. Arrington. Signature as member of the Confederate Congress on buff cover to Robert Spud, Louisburg, N.C., bold "Richmond Va. Mar. 16, 1862" cds and matching "DUE 5" hs, interesting ms. note: "I ford. you this though the postage is not paid you can hand it to me on sight Jones P.M.", Fine, unusual due cover with "frank" in the Confederacy

E. 150-200
60
434
 
Judah P. Benjamin. ALS ("J.P. Benjamin"), 3pp., dated Oct. 4, 1867 from London, to Genl. Breckenridge, regarding a claim: "I am sorry to say that from my examination of the matter, which I have just completed, I am satisfied that Lafare is honestly entitled to the money in question and should no longer be kept out of it. I have seen the papers from which is is shown that the certificates for cotton issued to Lafare in payment of thse good in November and December 1864, reached the Confederacy in 1865 when our affairs were in most desperate condition, and that the Confederate government failed to deliver the cotton when demanded for an amount exceeding £26,000. These certificates are now in Lafare's hands signed by Ferguson, and the very goods which Ferguson received for these certificates came back (in part) to Liverpool unpaid for. Both in law and justice I can see no ground for contesting Lafare's claim and I am very sorry that Helm should have sent you the order so as to have your name mixed up with the matter." etc. Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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435
 
Judah P. Benjamin. ALS, 5-1/2pp., dated Oct. 7, 1867 from London, to Genl. Breckenridge, being further discussion of Mr. Henry Lafore's claims (see previous lot), with Benjamin's suggestion that Breckenridge "be preserved from all responsibility whether moral or pecuniary," by writing a letter to Leech, Harrison & Forwood of Liverpool, with an enclosed draft of the said letter penned by Benjamin: Mr. Benjamin now writes me that he is satisfied that Mr. Henry Lafore is justly and legally entitled to claim thse proceeds in your hands, and I of course at once abandon all claim to them...and make no objection whatever to you paying the proceeds to Mr. Lafore," etc. Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
625
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436
 
Thomas Bragg. CSA Attorney General. Signature ("Tho: Bragg") as President of the North Carolina Joint Stock Confederate Publishing Co. on undated stock certificate; toned, with folds, very scarce

E. 200-250
200
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437
c
[John Brown]. Cover addressed to Brown at Charlestown, Va., where he was being held, 3c Dull Red (26) tied by Ohio postmark dated Nov. 21 (1859), interesting docketing in the hand of Andrew Hunter, special prosecutor for Va.: "Anonymous Fudge". Brown received a great deal of support in the mail, but it is believed that most never reached him, Fine and very scarce

E. 250-350
240
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438
c
Stephen Douglas. Frank ("free S.A.Douglas M.C.") on buff cover to Samuel Trent in St. Louis, Washington postmark and pencil docketing: "St. Douglas 1851 about Sec`y of Senate and Presidency", Fine

E. 150-200
200
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439
 
Frederick Douglass. ALS ("Fredk Douglass"), 4pp., datelined "Rochester June 8, 1870", and addressed to "My dear Friend Mrs. Colliers", writing (in part): "I have, however, less ambition for myself than my friends have for me. Congress is beyond my reach and if it were not I do not know whether I would accept of a position in either branch of it or not. I have no such confidence in my fitness for a legislator as my friends have. A few here abouts talk of sending me: but `sound and fury.' The fact is, this District is full of great men a score of whom are ready to run for Congress and to pay handsomely for an election: this does the business for me. I could have no chance against this army of competitors." etc. There is also brief but moving reference to the war: I saw your son Decoration day. Dear fellow, he was at Mt. Hope in company with brother wounded soldiers. I only bowed to him. He looked thoughtful and dignified." At this point Douglas's handwriting begins to change, until he apologizes for "this rough scrawl" brought on from time spent in his garden spading ("my hand bears witness to the fact.") etc. Fine

E. 3,500-4,000
6,500
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440
c
John C. Calhoun. Free frank ("free J.C. Calhoun") on folded cover to Wm. Blackford, Washington, address in a tiny and distinctive bold hand, very fresh, Extremely Fine and choice

E. 150-200
115
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441
c
John C. Calhoun. Free frank on three covers and three fronts, covers include two as Sec. of War with "Dept of War" and "War Dept" endorsements, all with addresses in his hand, toning, one cover with file fold thru signature, Very Good-Fine

E. 200-250
280
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442
c
Edward Everett. Free frank on two folded covers, one with "Free E. Everett M.C." arranged in 3 lines, other is "Free E. Everett" in single line, each with Boston postmark, Fine pair

E. 100-150
80
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443
 
Arthur Fremantle. Three ALSs, all 1867, includes one mentioning Fremantle's memoir of his life in the Confederate army and discussing George St. Ledger Grenfell, the famed British/Confederate adventurer, Very Fine

E. 200-250
675
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444
 
Richard J. Gatling. ALS ("R.J. Gatling"), dated June 17, 1897, to James Dangerfield Jr., he writes (in part): "The Colt Fire arms company of this city has recently purchased the Gatling Gun Co's patents (which have nearly expired) and the said Co. have bought a majority of the Gatling Gun Co.'s stock, and they will make Gatling Guns in the future to supply the demand for the same. The Gatling Gun company will not however, go out of existence, but its affairs will be carried on in the future by a new set of Directors & c. I shall give the most of my time hereafter in making large cannon & mortars for coast defenses. The government needs our $50,000,000 worth of such arms for fort & ship use." Includes two engravings, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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445
 
Julia Ward Howe. AQS, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." Dated Sept. 30, 1897, 7 x 4-1/2 in., Fine

E. 150-200
500
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446
 
William Preston Johnston. Col., son of Albert Sidney Johnston. ALS, 1-1/2pp, dated Lexington Va. May 6, 1870, to Genl. Breckenridge, regarding an associate leaving Washington College, Fine

E. 250-350
150
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447
c
Alexander Stephens. Free frank ("Free AH. Stephens M C") on large folded cover addressed in his hand, blue "Crawfordville Ga. Mar 7" cds, 1848 docketing, small tear at top center, Fine

E. 150-200
120
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448
 
Charles Sumner. signature on part-printed check drawn on the First National Bank, dated June 12, 1872, cut cancel affects "Sumner", otherwise fine

E. 100-150
400
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