Letters and Signatures by Prominent 19th Century Statesmen and PresidentsClark E. Carr. Stephen A. Douglas. His Life, Public Services, Speeches, and Patriotism. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1909. An extensively Grangerized set with many letters, free-franked covers, and engraved plates inlaid throughout; a presentation inscription by the author on the front end-paper of Volume I. Extra-illustrated with plates and engravings, including: James Madison, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Winfield Scott, Alexander Hamilton, and dozens more.
Highlights of the inlaid autographs include:
Stephen A. Douglas Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 4.75" x 7.25", Washington. January 16, 1857. A brief letter of introduction to J.M. Carlisle. with blank integral sheet, affixed along the left margin.
Roger B. Taney Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 8", n.p. September 18, 1849. A letter to his son-in-law lawyer J. Mason Campbell, enclosing a check [not present] for fifty dollars. With blank integral page, bound into the book along the left margin.
Andrew Jackson Free Franked Cover addressed in his hand. 5.5" x 3.5". Affixed along the lower margin of the cover, and facing a small engraving of Jackson.
Martin Van Buren Free Franked Cover addressed in his hand. 6.25" x 3.5". Affixed along the top margin of the cover.
James Buchanan Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75". Washington; March 23, 1838. A letter written during his tenure as Senator from Pennsylvania regarding his requirements for a horse he is hoping to purchase. Brief reference to "The Sub Treasury Bill" pending in the Senate. Two pages of a single sheet, affixed along the top margin, with a handsome engraving of Buchanan facing the letter.
Overall condition of the letters varies, with most being in fine condition. The two volume set is custom bound in full leather with gilt title. Top board of Volume II is very loose, almost free; and the bottom cover is detached. Repairs have been made to both joints of Volume I.
Additional items included:
Alexander H. Stephens Autograph Letter Signed with a second franking signature on the cover. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75". Washington D.C. Feb 11, 1844.
[Stephen A. Douglas]. Political Cartoon Titled, "AMINABAD SLEEK AT JONES' WOOD". 7" X 9".
Henry Clay 1844 Political Ribbon. 2" x 5.5" Affixed along top; with heavy soiling and creasing.
William H. Seward Autograph Note Signed on mourning stationery. 4.5" x 7.25".
Henry Clay Document Signed. One page, 7.5" x 4.75". Lexington; October, 24, 1840. A document in the hand of John J. Crittenden, who also signs, being a promissory note in the amount of $1500 made payable to H. T. Duncan.
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