Lot 5005: Exceptional partly-printed vellum DS, signed "Th: Jefferson" as president and "James Madison" as secretary of state, one page, 11.75 x 17.75, February 10, 1804. Scallop-topped ship's pass issued for "the Brig Patty of Rochester, Nathan Clark master or commander, of the burthen of one Hundred Twenty Nine tons or thereabouts, mounted with no guns, navigated with Eight men. To pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize, without any hindrance, seizure or molestation." Signed at the conclusion by President Jefferson, Secretary of State Madison, and countersigned by Collector of the Port of New York David Gelston. The embossed brown seal affixed to the lower left remains intact. Framed and in fine condition. Descendant of Mayflower first mate Thomas Clark, commander Nathan Clark also served as a partial owner of the brig Patty, a two-masted merchant vessel registered in Rochester on January 3, 1804, when it made its maiden transatlantic voyage to Limerick, Ireland. Crowned by its beautiful engraving of a New England harbor and lighthouse, this is an exceptionally attractive dual-signed ship's pass.
Ex. Kelleher Auctions, March 11, 1982; sale 553, lot 106.
RR Auction's Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher Auction 472
Thursday, 17th March 2016
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