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Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By FRELINGHUYSEN, Theodore (1787-1862)

This New Jersey politico served the U.S. Senate from that state from 1829 to 1835 and as mayor of Newark (1837-38) before being chosen the Whig vice presidential candidate in 1844 as Henry Clay's running mate; he served as second president of New York University (1839-50) and as seventh president of Rutgers University (1850-62). ALS, 1p + integral address leaf, 7 3/4" X 9 3/4", Newark, NJ, 1 June 1833. Addressed to Reverend Dr. James Richards (1767-1843, well known Presbyterian clergyman and theologian). Very good. Age toned about the edges, with integral address leaf (addressed in his hand and bearing second, free-frank signature) heavily age toned. Frelinghuysen asks this clergyman whom he greatly respects for "your friendly, christian counsel... a suggestion has been before me, from the Am[erica]n Bible Soc[iet]y looking to my connexion with that Institution, as one of its Secretaries. The proposition contemplates for the present, my continuance in Senate -- & the employment of the residue of my time, for the Society." He goes on at flowery length to justify his asking this favor of the clergyman, closing with: "I hope that my desire is, to be guided by the Lord in the right path & to be so assisted as shall most advance His kingdom. Please favor me with your views at your convenience...." Boldly penned in brown ink and fairly legible.

$150.00

Signature and Inscription
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Signature and Inscription

By BENTON, Thomas Hart (1899-1975)

American regional artist famed for his murals; great nephew of the Missouri statesman. Large, bold "Thanks / Thomas H. Benton" in blue ink on a 5½" X 2¼" slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Though undated, likely of 1950s vintage. An attractive example.

$100.00

Typed Quotation Signed

By GURNEY, Edward J. (1914-96)

This Republican politician from Florida served the Sunshine State first as U.S. representative (1963-69) then as U.S. senator (1969-74). TQS, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p., n.y. Near fine. Gurney signs large and bold in blue ballpoint at center this card on which an admirer typed near the bottom one of his better-known statements: "The United States is the only country where it takes more brains to figure your tax than to earn the money to pay it."

$50.00

Signed Business Card
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Signed Business Card

By HOLT, Elmer (1884-1945)

This Montana politician was truly a one-term wonder: He served one term in the Montana house of representatives (1912), one term in the state senate (1933-35) and one term as governor (1935-37). Signed Business Card, heavy stock 3¼" X 1¼", n.p., n.y. Near fine. THE coolest business card ever: Diecut to the actual rectangular shape of this state with printed blue border and all of its 56 counties lightly outlined in green, with blue printed "Elmer Holt / Governor" at center and "Montana" in red along the lower edge. Just above his printed name, Holt signs boldly in vivid blue ink. Verso features the Montana state seal printed in green. Most unusual and actually quite scarce.

$50.00

Signature and First Day Cover

By TAFT, Robert A. (1889-1953)

Known as "Mr. Republican," this Ohio senator -- son of President William Howard Taft -- served from 1939 to 1953 and is best known for sponsoring the Taft-Hartley Labor Relations Act in 1947. Bold signature in blue ink on a 3¼" X 1" slip neatly tipped to address portion of a First Day Cover, 6½" X 3½, cancelled in Cincinnati, Ohio on 10 October 1960 with special "First Day of Issue" cancellation. Fine. Four-cent Robert A Taft at upper right and superb Art Craft cachet "Honoring Robert A. Taft" filling left side.

$25.00

Autograph Document Signed
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Autograph Document Signed

By AMES, Fisher (1758-1808)

The greatest of all Federalists, the noted attorney who organized the Federal Party, was a Massachusetts statesman and Congressman (1789-97), famed for his 1796 speech defending Jay's Treaty; he declined the presidency of Harvard University in 1806 due to failing health. ADS, 1p, 7¼" X 2 3/4", Dedham, MA, 9 October 1794. Very good. Faintly age toned, with tiny tape stain at three corners (not affecting text) and couple of small expert archival mends on verso. "Recd of Fisher Ames fine Shills / for serving a writ, being a Coroner of Suffolk, / Fisher vs Inhabts of Dedham, to July Court 17[?]4 / Dedham Oct 9, 1794" boldly penned in brown ink and signed by the recipient, Samuel Holbrook, at the close. Holbrook (1729-94) was a Dedham local. Docket on verso. Nice, if curious anbd cryptic, example.

$295.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By LIVINGSTON, Leonidas F. (1832-1911)

This Confederate Army soldier became a Georgia political leader and state legislator, serving as a Democrat in the U.S. Congress from 1891 to 1911. TLS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Washington, DC, 10 March 1910. Addressed to John O. Walker. Near fine. Faint original folds; singe discreet staple hole at upper left. On letterhead of the "Committee on Appropriations," Livingston tells this Floridian that "I am in favor of the [Telepost] bill and will do all in my power to have it passed by Congress. The District Committee reported the measure favorably yesterday and I hope will call it up in the House the next District day...." This important communications bill granted the Telepost Telegraph Company the right of way. Nicely signed in brown ink.

$50.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By WHITE, Henry (1850-1927)

This American career diplomat served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy (1905-07 ) and to France (1907-09 ), among other important posts; he was one of five American Peace Commissioners who attempted to negotiate a treaty between France and Germany to end World War One, an attempt that failed. ALS, 4pp (lettersheet), 5" X 8", London, England, 17 August 1886. Addressed to C.W. Ernest. Near fine. On "Legation of the United States / London" letterhead, White as first secretary of that office under minister Edward J. Phelps writes that "The Minister highly appreciates the expressions of approval, respecting the new Extradition Treaty, contained in your letter; and the kind way in which you are good enough to convey to His Excellency your 'sincere and hearty admiration' of the manner in which he represents our country here is particularly gratifying to him. I may say, in his absence, that if all our countrymen had the opportunities, which it is my privilege to enjoy, of seeing for themselves how watchful he is of their interests and with what great ability Mr. Phelps represents the United States in this country, they would share your admiration and approval." Intriguing closing: "With regard to the final clause of your letter, in which you object to "Mr. [Thomas F.] Bayard's treatment of the fisheries case', Mr. Phelps thinks, when the correspondence shall have been made public and the affair settled, you will change your mind." (This last refers to the controversial Fisheries Retaliation Act, which allowed the U.S. President to block Canadian ships from entering American ports if he thought they were treating American fishermen unfairly). A fascinating and meaty letter worth further research.

$95.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By KNOX, Frank (1877-1944)

The publisher of the "Chicago Daily News" (from 1931) showed his versatility when he became a Republican presidential candidate briefly in 1936 and accepted FDR's appointment as Secretary of the Navy in 1940. TLS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Washington, DC, 1943 March 14. Addressed to Rose Bigman. Very good. Faintly age toned, with inoffensive staple hole at upper left. On "Department of the Navy" letterhead, Knox tells the secretary to then-household-name popular syndicated columnist and radio journalist Walter Winchell that "Receipt is acknowledged of... the check of Mr. Walter Winchell in the sum of $440.50 constituting the amount spent on Mr. Winchell's recent tour of duty which he is returning to the United States Navy....." and goes on to explain these funds will "be deposited to the credit of the appropriation 'Pay, Subsistence, and Transportation, Navy, 1943'...." Large and handsome signature in black ink. Winchell was a lieutenant commander in the naval reserve, and in February 1943 Knox told a house naval affairs committee that Winchell was considered inactive and would not be called to duty. Winchell was an outspoken critic of isolationists, and his broadcasts attacking public figures had caused controversy and criticism.Apparently he had returned to duty briefly and received some compensation before Knox retired him and he chose to return the pay he had received. Intriguing!

$125.00

Signature
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Signature

By CANNON, Joseph G. "Uncle Joe" (1836-1926)

The very first issue of "Time Magazine" -- March 3, 1923 -- pictured on its front cover this Illinois politician known as "Uncle Joe," a colorful Republican who served in Congress for close to half a century (1873-1923) and as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1903 to 1911. Bold signature and date ("June 5, 1922") in black ink on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card. Very good. Faint age toning. Typed three-line text along top reads: "'Uncle Joe' Cannon, Danville, Ills. Oldest member of U.S. House of Representatives. Now serving 23rd term. Age 86 years." A nice example signed near the end of his remarkable five-decade Congressional career.

$45.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By GREY, Edward (1862-1933)

The 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon was a liberal British statesman, member of Parliament, the longest-serving Foreign Secretary (1905-16), in which capacity he stated as the Germans invaded Belgium that "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime"; later British Ambassador to the United States (1919-20). Meaty ALS, 6pp (4pp lettersheet + separate single leaf), 4½" X 7", Chathill, England, 17 January 1899. Addressed to "My dear Dewar" (editor George A.B. Dewar). Very good. Two faint horizontal folds; old non-staining tape traces at margin of 4th and 5th pages. On imprinted estate letterhead, Grey boldly pens in his large and legible hand detailed thoughts about his upcoming book titled "Fly Fishing," published by J.M. Dent & Co. in London later that same year and reprinted several times. "I am very glad that you like the Mss. for it is most difficult to form any opinion of one's writing & I have great confidence in your judgement," he writes. "I am sending a few more photographs of Shetland, but I hope you will be able to let me have them again as they are borrowed from a friend...." Mentions fishing legend William Hardy ("I got a note from Hardy on Saturday & as I happened to be in Alnwick that day I went to see him") and all manner of advice concerning dry flies, etc. "There might be a note at the beginning of the book to say that some passages are reprinted either literally or with alterations from an article, which I wrote for the New Review in 1893. I wrote about this to A. Grove, who was then Editor & at whose request the article was written, and he consents. Some small things keep occurring to me, which ought I think be added with advantage in one or two of the Chapters. Can this be done easily after the book is in type; or ought I to make a first to do it at once? I might for instance say something more about striking. It is difficult to be sure how one does it, but I dont do it with a turn of the wrist. It seems to me a quick movement of the forearm & the difficulty is to get the maximum of rapidity with the minimum of violence, and in dry fly fishing to adjust the force of the movement to the amount of slack line, which must vary a little according to the nature of the cast and the position of the fish...." Fascinating to any fly fisherman.

$195.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By CURZON, George (1859-1925)

Lord Curzon -- technically, Lord Curzon of Kedleston (1898-1911) then Earl Curzon of Kedleston (1911-21) -- was an influential but quarrelsome British statesman who served as Viceroy and Governor-General of India (1899-1905) and Prime Minister David Lloyd George's Foreign Minister (1919-24), along with many other top government posts. ALS, 4pp (lettersheet), 4½" X 7", Basingstoke, Great Britain, 30 October 1909. Addressed to "Sir Henry" (Henry Bemrose, 1827-1911, partner in printing/publishing firm William Bemrose & Sons, member of Parliament, mayor of Derby). Near fine. On imprinted letterhead of his "Hackwood" estate, Curzon lives up to his curmudgeonly reputation and takes Bemrose to task for errors in a book he published, ""All Saints Middlesbrough: A History of the Church and Its Parish" by Barry Jewitt. In his large, flowing, semi-legible script, Curzon begins curtly with "Jewitt was all wrong," then itemizes four detailed factual errors he found. Boldly penned and attractive -- and quite interesting, if challenging to decipher.

$150.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By VANDERLIP, Frank A. (1864-1937)

This innovative banker, who served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under McKinley (1897-1901) and president of the National City Bank (1909-19), helped found the Federal Reserve System, created the hugely successful war bond program that funded World Wars One and Two, and made his the first bank to open overseas branches. TLS, 3pp (separate leaves), 5½" X 8½", Florence, Italy, 19 September 1921. Addressed to Richard Washbourne Childs (1881-1935). Very good. On "Grand Hotel" letterhead with crest, Vanderlip writes his friend the newly-minted American Ambassador to Italy to explain his project and ask for help. In part: "I am making a rather extensive study of European affairs. I have been in Germany, Czech-Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland and have met the chancellors and government people. I am particularly anxious to get a really correct view of the situation here in Italy and I am going to ask you to help me economise my time by arranging an appointment or two. Senator Carlos Schanzer, one of the delegates to the League of Nations Assembly... has given me cards to Mr Belotti, Minister of Industry and Trade and to the Minister of Labour, and has asked me specially to see them...." Nicely signed in blue ink. An intriguing letter in excellent condition -- interesting insight into Vanderlip's research for his 1922 book "What Next in Europe?"

$95.00

Typed Document Signed
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Typed Document Signed

By KNUTSON, Harold (1880-1953)

This Norwegian-born American politician and journalist served Minnesota as Congressman for 16 terms between 1917 and 1949; from 1919 to 1923 he served as majority whip. TDS, 2pp (separate leaves), 8" X 10½",n.p., 17 May 1937. Very good. Two faint horizontal original folds; inoffensive staple holes at upper left and upper right corners. Double-spaced text of a speech given by Knutson "Over National Hookup, Columbia Broadcasting System and Short Wave to Norway." He begins, "This day has a deep significance for those of us who can boast of Norse blood. It is our natal day and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the organic law of Old Norway. Today thousands of Americans of Norse ancestry are gathered to commemorate that great event...." He continues along these patriotic lines, and with the Nazi threat looming and World War Two on the horizon he closes with "It is our hope and prayer that Norway, the cradle of modern democracy, will remain true to her best traditions and we who live in America will continue to be proud that the blood of dauntless Vikings courses through our veins." Signed boldly in blue fountain pen ink at the conclusion. Most unusual -- and likely the original typescript from which Knutson read.

$195.00

Signature and Title
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Signature and Title

By PIERCE, Rice A. (1847-1936)

This notable Tennessean served with the 8th Tennessee Cavalry of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, afterward becoming an attorney and politician and serving several terms as a Democrat in Congress (1883-85, 1889-93, 1897-1905). A large and bold full signature and title ("Commander In Chief / United Confederate Veterans") in black ink near the top of an 8½" X 11" sheet of his "Pierce & Fry" law firm letterhead, Union City, TN, n.d. Near fine. Undated, but from a collection gathered in the mid-1930s, thus near the end of his long life. Unusual in this form-- interesting and attractive.

$75.00

Signature and Salutation
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Signature and Salutation

By BRYAN, Charles W. (1867-1945)

The younger brother of perennial presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan served twice as Nebraska governor (1923-25, 1931-35), twice as mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska (1915-17, 1935-37), and in 1924 was Democratic vice presidential candidate together with presidential candidate John W. Davis. Large, bold "yours truly / Charles W. Bryan" in black ink on a buff heavy stock 5" X 3" card. Near fine.

$50.00

Signature and Salutation

By HOOKER, J.C. (1845-95)

This American diplomat represented King Kalakau as the Hawaiian consul-general to Italy. "I remain / faithfully yours / JC Hooker" in brown ink on an irregular-shaped 3½" X 2" slip clipped from an ALS, n.p., n.y. [dated 12 January 1889 in docket in another hand]. Very good. Faintly age toned. A good number of words in Hooker's hand on verso. An unusual diplomatic oddity and interesting bit of Hawaiiana.

$50.00

Free-Franked Signature
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Free-Franked Signature

By PLATT, Thomas C. (1833-1910)

Nicknamed "The Easy Boss" (as well as "Me Too" for petulantly resigning his U.S. Senate seat in 1881 at Roscoe Conkling's urging), this powerful New York Republican party political boss served as Congressman (1873-77) and Senator (1881, 1897-1909) -- but is remembered not for legislative prowess but rather for the political clout that made him Theodore Roosevelt's political godfather. Large and bold free-franked signature ("Free TC Platt") in dark brown ink on an irregular-shaped 4" X 1½" slip clipped from envelope, n.p., n.y. Very good. A super example.

$50.00

Signature
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Signature

By BELMONT, Perry (1851-1947)

This American politician and diplomat represented New York in Congress (1881-88), served as U.S. Minister to Spain during the Spanish-American War and in 1906 was named president of the National Publicity Bill Organization which advocated campaign finance reform. Attractive and bold signature below a typewritten "Very sincerely yours" on a 4¼" X 1 3/4" slip, n.p., n.y. Near fine. Though not dated, the typed letter from which this was clipped shows a black mourning border on the left and right sides, which likely dates it to the months following the death on October 20, 1935 of his wife, Jessie Robbins Belmont (born 1858) -- who caused a scandal in 1899 when she divorced Henry T. Sloane and within hours of the divorce decree married Belmont.

$55.00

Autograph Document Signed (partial)
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Autograph Document Signed (partial)

By SCHUYLER, Eugene (1840-90)

This interesting figure combined his scholarly and linguistic skills (first American to translate Ivan Turgenev and Leo Tolstoy) with a diplomatic career (among other posts, he served as American Consul General in Constantinople, first American Minister to Romania and Serbia, U.S. Minister to Greece, etc.). Partial ADS on a 3" X 1½" slip with printed border, n.p., n.y. Very good. Apparently the lower right portion of a pay slip from one of Schuyler's postings as a Consul, signed boldly in brown ink, with "salary for quarter ending" in his hand above; after the printed word "Consul" beneath his signature, he pens the word "General." Undated, but signed either during his tenure as American Consul General in Constantinople (1876-78), Birmingham (1878) or Rome (1879-80).

$50.00

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