Lot 7: Partly-printed vellum DS, signed "Th: Jefferson" as president and "James Madison" as secretary of state, one page, 12 x 18, December 16, 1803. Scallop-topped ship's pass issued for "the Ship Richard Caton of Charleston, Charles Prince master or commander…navigated with Thirteen men, to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize without any hindrance, seizure or molestation." Signed at the conclusion by President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison. Only remnants of the seal remain affixed to lower left. In very good condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through the first letter of Madison's surname), dampstaining to lower folds, scrapes and scuffs to seal area, and some small chips and paper loss to folds and edges; both signatures are extremely bold, crisp examples superior to those typically seen.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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