Lot 18: Partly-printed DS as president, signed "M. Van Buren," one page, 20.25 x 16, November 21, 1838. Four-language ship's papers issued to "Timothy Leary, master or commander of the Ship called Canton…lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for the Pacific Ocean and laden with Provisions, Stores and Utensils for a whaling voyage." Neatly signed at the conclusion by President Van Buren and boldly countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsyth. The white paper seal affixed to the center remains fully intact with significant soiling. In very good condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), partial separations to folds repaired on the reverse, and small but noticeable areas of paper loss to edges.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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