Lot 11: Partly-printed DS, signed "James Madison" as president and "Jas. Monroe" as secretary of state, one page, 21 x 16.5, March 7, 1812. A four-language ship's papers issued to "John Wharf master or commander of the Ship called the Hantonia…lying at present in the port of Portsmouth bound for Cork & a market and laden with Staves, Boards & c., Pine & Oak Timber, Pot & Pearl Ashes, Hay & Clover seed, Cotton & c & c." Some partial separations and paper loss along the fragile intersecting folds, a vertical fold passing through a single letter of Madison's signature, and scattered edge wear and toning, otherwise very good condition. The seal is lightly toned, but crisp and intact. One of the major factors of the United States going to war was the stoppage and seizure of American vessels and sailors, which this document sought to prevent.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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