Lot 259: James Thacher

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RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:23

Lot 259: Physician and writer (1754–1844) who was stationed at West Point in 1780 and supported the execution of the British spy John Andre. ALS, one page, 8 x 10, February 21, 1834. Letter to artist James Herring in New York. In part: "I have forwarded the biography of Genl. Lincoln…I have received this day three numbers of your work for each of my two subscribers making up the number seven. These last came through the hands of Mr. John Reid who says he procured them in Boston. He desires me to send him the pay for the whole number…I do not understand this gentleman's affairs, he says…that he has no connexion with the business, yet he calls on me for the pay." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Thacher's hand. Intersecting folds, mild toning, and a tear to the center affecting a few words, otherwise fine condition. James Herring was a portrait painter who was one of the illustrators of the three-volume biographical work The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans, which was published between 1834 and 1839. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $200-400
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