Lot 50: Rare partly-printed DS as president, signed in full, "Abraham Lincoln," one page, 21.5 x 16.5, August 26, 1861. Four-language ship's papers issued to "Alfred C. Davis, master or commander of the Barque called Nimrod…lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for Pacific Ocean, and laden with Provisions, Stores, and utensils for a whaling voyage." Prominently signed in the third panel by President Lincoln and countersigned below by Secretary of State William H. Seward. The embossed white paper seal affixed at the bottom remains fully intact with especially crisp points. In fine condition, with small tape repairs to edge separations.
Departing from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the whaling capital of the world, at the close of August 1861, the Nimrod spent sixteen months in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, landing over 350 barrels of sperm oil—a sought-after product during the war as a principal resource for lighting and lubricating machinery. The ship would embark upon only one voyage after this one: on June 26, 1865, it was burned in the Bering Sea by the CSS Shenandoah, one of the most feared commerce raiders in the Confederate Navy, responsible for capturing, sinking, or bonding almost forty Union merchant vessels. Ship's papers signed by Lincoln have become quite rare, and this is a stunning example boasting a crisp full signature.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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