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    James Madison and James Monroe Signed 1812 Ship's Passport. Partly printed Document Signed "James Madison" as President and "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of State, one page, 11.25" x 14.75". [Washington], November 25, 1812. "James" is a tad light, but "Madison" and Monroe's signature are dark. On vellum with scalloped upper edge. Nautical vignettes at top; complete, but cracked, paper seal affixed with red wax at lower left. In part, "Suffer the Ship Zephyr of New York Jedediah Olcott master or commander of the burthen of Two hundred Eighty Eight & 62/95 tons or thereabouts mounted with Six guns navigated with Twenty two men To Pass with her Company Passengers Goods and Merchandize without any hinderance seisure or molestation..." The week this document was issued, during the War of 1812, American soldiers retreated from eastern Canada (November 23) while others attacked outlying British positions at Fort Erie (November 27). Docketed on verso. Usual folds, fine condition. Documents dated during the year 1812 signed by both Madison and Monroe are especially desirable.

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