Andrew Johnson Partly-Printed Document Signed "Andrew Johnson". One page, 7.5" x 6.25", Washington, August 14th, 1868 in which Johnson orders the Secretary of State to affix the seal of the Untied States to the "additional article to the treaty with the Emperor of Russia on the 18th Dec. 1832 concluded at Washington the 27th of January 1868..." This amendment to the 1832 commercial treaty was concluded the same day that Andrew Johnson signed the documents officially recognizing the official transfer of territory between Russia and the United States. This was done in the presence of the Russian envoy on January 28 after the President received word that the formal transfer ceremony, held at Sitka on January 24, 1868, had concluded. This additional article to the 1832 treaty governed counterfeit goods and trademarks and provided reciprocal protection for manufacturers in both countries. Little could be really concluded between the two nations until the summer of 1868 when the House, in spite of the Senate's ratification of the Alaska treaty nearly a year before, finally voted the funds to pay for the new territory. This is likely why Johnson did not order Seward to affix the seal to this treaty until August, 1868. Trimmed, with faint evidence of mat burn, otherwise very good. A wonderful document with history from the addition of territory that became the forty-ninth state! Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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