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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Slavery Documents and Ephemera

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
487
c
"with a Negroe named George to be found with Mr. Birce Wilmington." Ms. instructions on folded cover addressed to "Mr. William McNeill", pencil 1790 on back, light even toning and some soiling and wear, still Fine, very scarce endorsement

E. 100-150
50
488
 
[Slavery]. two 1801 certificates, each for birth of child to a slave in the City of New York; aged, one with some fading of text, Very Good

E. 150-200
100
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489
 
[Slavery]. Broadside for runaway slave, approx. 7-1/2 x 9-3/8 in., dated Salisbury, August 9, 1804: SIXTY DOLLARS REWARD. Terrific text: "a handsome Mulatto boy, about fifteen or sixteen years old, has a remarkable scar on his right cheek. He was seen in Mecklenburg County N.C. about eight days ago, inquiring for Salisbury, and was taken up, and by his ingenuity made his escape....He had in his possession...a brass barreled pistol, and has passed as a freeman, saying he was a French Barber, and that he was lately from Charleston. He is very sensible and artful, and it is expected he will aim for Baltimore." etc., even toning and some paper loss far from text, still Fine, very scarce

E. 300-400
1,050
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490
 
[Slavery]. Bill of sale for "one negro man slave named Adam", dated Dec. 18, 1821, signed H.M. Garland of Nelson County, Fine

E. 150-200
100
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491
 
[Slavery]. Broadside for runaway slaves, 10-1/4 x 8 in., dated Baltimore Sept. 26, 1825: $80 REWARD for Nero and Henry ("or called Harry"), the former is described as "very fluent in his address, the last joint of his little finger on the left hand is much crooked. When he absconded, he had on an old fur hat, Russia trowsers, cotton shirt and domestic striped jacket," etc., some toning and wrinkles, Fine and rare

E. 400-500
900
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492
c
"Per Boy Louis." In ms. on folded cover to a merchant in Fayetteville, docketing indicates this contained $31.50 for an order for bacon, Fine and scarce

E. 100-150
30
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493
c
"by Neptune." In ms. on remarkably fresh folded cover to Hotel, N.C., 1854 pencil docketing on back, Extremely Fine

E. 100-150
30
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494
 
[Slavery]. Broadside, 13 x 18-5/8, headed SALE! from the estate of David Ramsay, Iredell County, N.C., with list beginning with "11 Likely Negroes, Eight Head of Horses and Mules, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep" etc., dated Aug. 25, 1857, normal folds, minor foxing, still choice and Very Fine, rare piece in this quality

E. 500-600
2,300
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495
 
Slave Policy. Part-printed policy of Aetna Life Insurance of Hartford, Ct., Charleston S.C. agency, dated 1858, insuring Harriet, described as a "House Servant" in the amount of $800, Very Fine

E. 150-200
500
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496
c
"per boy on horse Pass him." Endorsement in ms. signed "W. Elliott" on cover to a Ralph Elliott in Charleston, undated but possibly Confederate period, minor soiling, Fine and scarce

E. 150-200
45
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497
 
[Slavery]. Apr. 1, 1862 receipt from the estate of G.H. Chaires, including "five negroes- named as follows- Agnes & child, Simon, Sophy and Pleasant," etc. Fine

E. 150-200
0
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498
 
War-Dated Slave Receipt. Dated Marshall Texas March 25, 1863 for "two Negro Boys or men Jim and George" in the amount of $4800, small tears and small paper loss at T.R., still Fine, scarce

E. 250-350
100
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499
c
Slave Carried Covers. Five, mostly N.C. but includes one addressed to Rough & Ready Ga., ms. endorsements incl. "By Hercules", "By Sammy", "By Solomon", "pr Moses", and "Per boy Martin", Fine-Very Fine, desirable group

E. 200-250
375
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500
 
Adams Express Co. Freight receipt datelined "Durham [NC] Feby 11 1863" for six bales of cotton yarn from James Hazel Webb to be delivered to Richmond, ms. note on back: "Mr. Webb I think Gov. Vance in a proclamation has forbidden the exportation of cotton yarn out of the State if so the Ex Co. cannot take it to Richmond JW Cheek", additional note on face: "Not responsible for war risk", some spindle holes, still Fine, unusual Confederate usage

E. 200-250
75
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501
 
[Art]. Pastel portrait of young Union soldier, 15-3/4 x 20 in., scattered foxing and light soiling, broken crease at top, well clear of image which is very attractive and skillfully done

E. 100-150
110
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502
 
[Art]. Pencil drawing of horse with mount, stepping over rifle with bayonet, etc., signed B.M.M. Dahlberg 1897, 21-5/8 x 15 in., Very Fine

E. 100-150
130
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503
 
[CSA Bonds]. Five different, includes Criswell 82, 91, 122, 125 and 165, last with some small tears otherwise normal wear, Fine lot

685
180
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504
 
[CSA Bonds]. Group of 24, includes Criswell No. 82 (3), 86 (4), 91, 122 (4) and 15 (12); all signed, folded vertically, normal wear, Fine lot

2,410
700
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505
 
[CSA Orders]. "Special Orders No. 14" in ms., signed by Lt. Col. A. Gerard of the 13th Reg. La. Vols., issuing orders to prevent soldiers under his command at Camp Chalmette from engaging in marauding, plundering and thievery, setting down new rules under which only 2 men from a company can leave the camp at a time, etc., some wear and some repaired tears otherwise Fine

E. 200-250
125
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506
 
[CSA Post Office]. Two original publications, CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE POST OFFICE (Charleston: Evans Cogswell, 1861), 12pp, 1st edition, no wrappers, minor foxing, Fine; DECISIONS OF HON. JAMES D. HALYBURTON, JUDGE OF THE CONFEDERATE DISTRICT OF VIRIGINIA, IN THE CASES OF JOHN B. LANE AND JOHN H. LEFTWICH, IN RELATION TO THEIR EXEMPTION, AS MAIL CONTRACTORS, FROM THE PERFORMANCE OF MILITARY SERVICE (Richmond: Ritchie & Dunnavant, 1864), 14pp, 1st edition, original wrappes, sewn as issued, Very Fine

E. 250-350
0
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507
 
[CSA Prisons]. Richmond file copy of an Oct. 1863 letter from a Capt. Warner, to Genl. Winder, regarding his appointment as Commissary for the subsistence of Prisoners and the Commissary General declining to give "instructions how to organize the work and provide for the better discharge of my duties," etc., accompanied by a 2nd sheet with responses (file copy) from L.B. Northrop, Genl. Winder, et al, stating the appointment of Capt. Warner "was made without the knowledge of the Commanding General and he never reported to him for duty," etc., each on blue watermarked sheets, Very Fine

E. 100-150
80
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508
 
Confederate Documents & Related. Five pieces, including letter to POW at Fort McHenry; letter from Geo. surgeon to a Col. Bailey beginning, "Circumstances indicate that I will be forced into service sick or well."; part printed receipt for 1 mule in the amount of $2750 (Apr. 28, 1865); 1864 Shreveport deposit slip; New Orleans Provost Marshall pass allowing a Miss Trudeau to travel from N.O. to New York (Apr. 1864), latter with small tears and tipped to sheet, otherwise Fine lot

E. 200-250
170
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509
 
Confederate War Bonds. 11 different, includes Criswell No. 149, etc., Fine lot

E. 400-500
350
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510
 
[Draft Riots]. Two items, includes illustrated 1863 bank check for "Riot Damages" drawn on the Broadway Bank in the amount of $42.67 "for crockery furnished Police Centl office" signed by N.Y. Mayor George Opdkye; also July 25, 1863 Albany N.Y. letter from a Saml. Robinson explaining his not visiting N.Y.: "the face is I did not wish to go down while Lee's right wing was burning the town and murdering the Citizens and after the Riot I was obliged to go West," etc., Fine pair, accompanied by 1983 booklet, THE RIOT RELIEF FUND

E. 150-200
80
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511
 
[Ephemera]. One army-issued hardtack! Still in one piece and probably as delicious as the day it was made. A culinary souvenir of the highest importance

E. 75-100
160
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512
 
For President, Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi. Black on bluish gray election broadside for North Carolina, 4 x 6-1/8 in., listing Stephens, Roger Pryor (for Congress) and Electoral Ticket "for the State at Large" and "For the Districts", tiny sealed tear at center from ink erosion in the signature on back, "B.H. Evans", and found among papers of a Fayetteville merchant, James Evans, Fine

E. 200-250
425
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513
 
[Furniture]. Union officer's folding oak chair with canvas seat; original finish and hardware, Very Fine

E. 100-150
80
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514
 
Hand-Drawn Confederate Prisoners' Newspaper. A copy of PRISON TIMES of Fort Delaware, dated April 8, 1865, Vol. 1, No. 1, 6pp, all in ms. with illustration at top, columns with advertisements for haircuts, shoe making, engraving, musical instruction, also editorial column, "Original Poetry", "Barracks Directory", etc., staff with soldiers' rank & state, etc., a column introduceing newspaper policy which states (in part): "we are aware that there will be many criticisms. As public journalists we intend to steer clear of all personalities, unless a pleasant nature. Nothing political will be indulged in." etc. Some mending at folds and minor soiling, still Fine, a fascinating and unique piece

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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515
c
[Memorial Day]. Two black-bordered invitations for the initial Memorial Day service, "Decorating the Graves of Union Dead," at the National Cemetery, Arlington, dated May 27, 1868, Very Fine

E. 100-150
30
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516
 
Missouri Civil War Broadside. 11-1/4 x 8 in., MISSOURIANS! "Officers and Soldiers of the Missouri State Guard will report immediately on arrival at these headquarters, on Jefferson street, one door above the Post Office. J.R. PURVIS, Asst. Adj't. Gen'l., 1st M.D., M.S.G. Jacksonport [Arkansas] March 21, 1862", minor soiling, edge wear and two tiny nicks, Fine and rare. Posted only 2 weeks after the failure at Pea Ridge, this call for Missourians anticipates the rise of Confederate guerilla activity in that state in 1862. The broadside appears to target former Mo. State Guards who had remained in Arkansas rather than go to Tennessee with their commander, Genl. Price

E. 500-600
800
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517
 
[John Hunt Morgan]. Broadside, 6-1/4 x 9-3/4 in., datelined Irvine Ky. Sept. 22, 1862: PROCLAMATION! addressed to "the people of Estill and adjoining counties" with a series of polite warnings and ending with this gloves-off threat:

"If any of our men are fired on while passing through the country, I will lay waste the entire surrounding neighborhood. By order of GEN. J.H. MORGAN. R.A. ALSTON. A.A. Genr'l."

Sheet with no folds and the white paper remarkably bright throughout, for the sake of complete accuracy we note only a 14mm sealed tear at L., far from text and a 5mm sealed tear at B.R., with a barely discernable waterspot in the same corner, still a beautifully preserved piece, Very Fine, rare in any condition

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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518
 
-A Similar Lot. Same text and dimensions as previous but with faults incl. paper loss at top just into "TION", still presentable and rare Scott or whoever this is the Morgan lot and should follow the good one

E. 300-400
950
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519
 
[Patriotics]. 19th Century Scrapbook and loose pages, containing hundreds of patriotic designs clipped from envelopes, lettersheets, songsheets, etc. and pasted down, some full fronts and complete songsheets, minor duplication with many exceptional and better designs; according to the owner the book was compiled by a member of the Pension Bureau utilizing covers & letters sent in by Union soldiers to help establish their claims as veterans

E. 400-500
325
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520
 
Post Office Proposals. Four original newspapers notices which appeared in the Confederate Press in March 1861: "Proposals For Circular Markings and Rating Stamps"; "Proposals for Stamped Envelopes"; "Proposals for Mail Locks and Keys"; "An Act to amend `an Act Vesting Certain Powers in the Postmaster General'", each tipped to white paper, Very Fine, scarce postal history collateral

E. 250-350
130
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521
 
[Railroad]. Six different Confederate Railroad tickets, most are from the Raleigh & Gaston R.R., 1863-64, one with Quartermaster's datestamp on back, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-250
190
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522
 
[Railroad]. 42 Confederate tickets, all are N.C. RRs, duplication includes one group numbered 967 thru 983, each for 1000lbs of yarn traveling from Graham N.C. to Charlotte, each with printed Quartermaster's Dept. form on face, reverse with oval datestamp (Oct. 27, 1863), Fine-Very Fine, rare opportunity

E. 400-500
1,100
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523
 
Southern Express Co. Seven part-printed pieces, all Confederate dates, three are black on pale orange receipts from Durham, N.C., 1862, for cotton yarn (see previous lot), another is a slightly different type from Richmond, Aug. 1861 and marked "75c pd"; two in black on toned white dated 1863 contain telegraph dispatches from S.C. to N.C.; also 1863 receipt for "two boxes" from Salisbury, dated Jan. 1863 in black on off-whte with co. name in large arc at top, Fine-Very Fine lot

E. 150-200
100
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524
 
[Civil War]. Six pieces, includes draft of telegram from Gideon Welles to the commander of the North Atlantic Squadron re Generals McClellan and Van Viliet; two 1863 letters from Navy yard written on back of printed General Orders, one with red oval datestamp, "U.S. Military Telegraph"; letterhead Miss. Squadron U.S. Ship Black Hawk on 1864 letter reporting fight at Pleasant Hill, Genl. Grover taking his force to Loggy Bayou, etc.; 1862 letter from commander of Potomac Flotilla re abandonment of Cockpit Point & Shippen Point Batteries; interesting letterhead, BY SIGNALS, to Genl. Butler, 1864: "The Professor with ten torpedoes is on board the Steamer Phlox below first Pontoon. Capt. Smith U.S.N."; also 2 unrelated items (not counted): GENERAL PERSHINGS STORY OF THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE, and 1780 Mass. Bay printed note; Fine lot

E. 250-350
290
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525
 
Civil War Miscellany. 85 pieces, includes CSA covers (No. 4 pair with red grids), unused patriotics, box of small photos of Gettysburg battlefield, RR tickets, scarce postwar Southern Express Co. label from Flowery Branch, Ga., slave-carried cover, POW covers, 1889 theatre program listing Edwin Booth as Brutus in Julius Caesar, reunion menu, paroled prisoner pass headed Appomatox C.H. Apr. 10, 1865, etc., mixed condition, very interesting lot

E. 400-500
2,000
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