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    Ralph Farnham Signatures and Photograph. One signature is penned on 5.5" x 2" card; the other on 4.5" x 7" piece of paper with oval photo of the elderly Farnham in the center. Both card and paper are glued onto a larger (7.25" x 11") piece of paper which has a small ripped section missing from lower left. Very good.

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    One signature is dated 1860; the other is undated. Farnham was the oldest survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was fought in 1775. He died in 1861 during the Civil War at the age of 105. All signatures and text are clearly legible. According to information below one of the signatures, Farnham supplemented his yearly military pension of $61.66 by selling autographs. 

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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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