Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Joseph Holt Letter Signed "J. Holt.", about one-half page, 5" x 8", Washington, 17 May 1873, informing John Neafie "that I was appointed Secretary of War in Dec. 1860 & Judge Advocate General 3d September 1862." Accompanied by a carte de visite photo of Holt, one full figure, seated, on unmarked mount. Holt once practiced law in Lincoln's ancestral home of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; was President Buchanan's commissioner of patents, postmaster general, and briefly secretary of war; and a fierce anti-secessionist. Lincoln made him Judge Advocate General in 1862, and as such Holt proposed that Booth's co-conspirators be given a military trial and led the prosecution. It is an intriguing if unlikely possibility that the addressee was John A.J. Neafie, a tragedian under whom John Wilkes Booth had appeared in minor roles. In 1861 they engaged in a fierce, performance-for-performance contest (each at a different Cincinnati theatre) that Neafie won on press notices but lost to Booth in terms of attendance and public appeal. Bold text; fine.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 515

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 September 13 Rare Books & Maps Signature Auction Books - Dallas
    2018 September 13 Rare Books & Maps Signature Auction Books - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,094,325