VERY FINE 1792 TREASURY DEPARTMENT NOTICE SIGNED AND FRANKED BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON AS WASHINGTON'S SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.
The letter and free franked address leaf could be separated, producing a complete folded free franked cover and a document signed by Hamilton, each having significant value.
VERY FINE APPEARING AND SCARCE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY PATRICK HENRY AS GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.
Patrick Henry was a prominent Virginia planter and lawyer when he gained fame as an orator for the cause of American independence. While leading opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765, he delivered his famous "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech, which was not actually published until 1815. Henry twice served as Governor of Virginia -- this document was signed during his second term in office.
VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE INTACT EXAMPLE OF ANDREW JACKSON'S FREE FRANK AND HOLOGRAPH LETTER.
A RARE AND DESIRABLE BOUND BOOK CONTAINING AUTOGRAPHS OF ALMOST ALL OF THE MAJOR UNION GOVERNMENT FIGURES IN THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES, INCLUDING ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Based on the dates of office of the members of Congress, this book must have been assembled between December 1861 and February 1862. The date on Lincoln's autograph is the same date that General Order No. 1 was issued, authorizing the advance of Union forces.
VERY FINE ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAR-TIME ENDORSEMENT AND SIGNATURE ATTACHED TO A LETTER RECEIVED BY HIM REQUESTING THE RELEASE OF A PRISONER-OF-WAR.
With 2004 letter of authenticity from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
VERY FINE. A RARE FREE FRANK OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, WIDOW OF SLAIN PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN, ON A BLACK-BORDERED MOURNING ENVELOPE.
In May 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln and her sons, Robert and Tad, left Washington D.C. for Chicago, where they resided until leaving for Europe in 1868. This cover is addressed to the wife of James W. White, a prominent jurist and newspaperman, who was a close friend of Mrs. Lincoln.
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING WAR DEPARTMENT COVER, SENT BY COMMANDING GENERAL WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN TO GENERAL GRIERSON.
William T. Sherman, whose "March to the Sea" made him a Civil War hero in the North (and equally despised in the South), was appointed Commanding General of the U.S. Army after the war (1869-83). In November 1871 he embarked on a tour of Europe for the first time, returning to Washington D.C. in September 1872. In September 1874, at Sherman's request, the Headquarters of the U.S. Army was moved from Washington D.C. to St. Louis. The cover offered here dates from February 1875, after the Official stamps and envelopes were released (July 1873) and Sherman had relocated to St. Louis (September 1874).
VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY FIDEL CASTRO DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION, WITH FANTASTIC WAR CONTENTS.
The recipient was a commercial airline pilot who smuggled arms from Costa Rica to support Castro. He would become the head of the Cuban air force and Castro's personal pilot. He complained to Castro about the move towards communism and was relieved of his posts; he left for the U.S. right away, where he worked with the C.I.A.