Lot 14: Rare partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 16 x 10, November 1, 1844. President Tyler grants Matthew Allen of Florida a parcel of land "as Subject to Sale at Tallahassee, Florida Territory, containing one hundred and sixty acres." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Tyler and countersigned by J. Williamson as recorder of the General Land Office. Traces from an affixed seal remain in the lower left. In very good condition, with four vertical storage folds (one passing through a single letter of the signature) and scattered staining. President Andrew Jackson passed a law in 1833 allowing land grants to be secretarially signed, making authentically signed examples from 1834 and later extremely rare. The overwhelming majority of land grants from Tyler's administration are signed by his son Robert, who served as President Tyler's private secretary—only a handful of grants signed by John Tyler himself are known to exist. A true historical rarity.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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