Lot 4: James Madison and James Monroe
Uncommon manuscript DS, signed “James Madison” as president and “Jas. Monroe” as secretary of state,” one page, 10.25 x 15, April 7, 1816. President Madison appoints James Trecothick Austin of Massachusetts as “Agent on the part of the United States as authorized by the Treaty of Ghent, for managing the business under the Fourth Article of said Treaty.” Signed at the conclusion by Madison, and countersigned by Monroe. White paper seal affixed to lower left remains intact. In fine condition, with two areas of reinforcement on the reverse. James T. Austin served as the 22nd attorney general of Massachusetts. Signed on December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom.
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