Lot 4: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13 x 10.5, April 22, 1800. President Adams grants Theodorus Bailey a plot of 4,000 acres. In part: "In pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the first day of June 1796, entitled 'An Act regulating the grants of Land appropriated for Military services, and for the society of the United Brethren for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen'…there is granted unto Theodorus Bailey a certain tract of land estimated to contain Four Thousand acres…of the tract appropriated for satisfying Warrants for Military services." 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 intact with a horizontal crack. Intersecting folds, scattered soiling, and a vertical band of staining to the right side, otherwise fine condition; the signature area itself is extremely clean and bright. This type of land grant was typically issued as compensation for military service during the Revolutionary War. Presidential documents by Adams are quite scarce, and infrequently found with such a strong signature.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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