Lot 5: John Adams Signed Document
6th February 2019
Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 14 x 11.5, February 20, 1801. President Adams appoints Henry B. Brevoort as "a Second Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry in the Service of the United States." Prominently signed at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Acting Secretary of War Samuel Dexter. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains mostly intact. In very good condition, with overall rippling, old tape reinforcement on the back of the separated central vertical fold, and written text of the document light but mostly readable; Adams's signature is strong and unaffected. Henry B. Brevoort of New York was commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1801, first lieutenant in 1805, and captain in 1811; he served during the War of 1812 and fought in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. A fantastic military commission by John Adams, neatly signed in the waning days of his presidency.
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