Lot 2: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison signed document
10th October 2018
Fantastic partly-printed DS, signed “Th: Jefferson” as president and “James Madison” as secretary of state, one page, 22 x 17.25, June 12, 1805. Four-language ship's paper issued to "William L. Lavender, master or commander of the Schooner called the John…lying at present in the port of Washington bound for St. Thomas and laden with Scantling Shingles Peas and Tobacco." Prominently signed in the center by President Jefferson and countersigned by Secretary of State Madison. The white paper seal affixed to the left side remains fully intact. Professionally de-acidified, encapsulated in Mylar, and presented in an elaborate oversized cloth presentation folder with custom-made slipcase. In very good to fine condition, with dampstaining to the top and center, small stains touching Jefferson's signature, and repairs to splitting along folds.
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