Lot 42: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, May 1, 1882. President Arthur directs the secretary of state to "cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to envelope containing letter addressed to His Excellency The President of the Republic of Liberia, accrediting John H. Smyth as Minister Resident and Consul General of the United States of America." In fine condition, with expected document wear and toning to edges. John Henry Smythe, born in 1844 as the son of a free African-American mother and slave father, attended Howard University Law School and worked as a Freedman's Bureau agent in the Reconstruction South before beginning his career as a diplomat.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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