Lot 3: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 12 x 14, April 19, 1800. President Adams issues a military land grant. In part: "In consideration of military service performed by James Knox (a Major for three years) to the United States, in the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment…there is granted by the said United States unto the said James Knox, a certain tract of land, containing Two thousand acres, situate between the Little Miami and Sciota Rivers." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. The white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact and crisply embossed. Expertly matted and framed to an overall size of 17.25 x 19.25. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing between first and last names of the signature), and trivial soiling. James Knox became a captain in the 8th Virginia on April 4, 1776, was promoted to major in the 9th Virginia on July 6, 1778, and retired on September 30, 1778; he once petitioned General George Washington to be reimbursed for six hundred dollars stolen from a locked chest that he was supposed to use to pay his men. Washington told him to take it up with Congress, and the Board of Treasury denied the claim as unproven. As an incredibly well-preserved document tying together the Revolutionary War, George Washington, and John Adams, this is a truly magnificent piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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