Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    John C. Calhoun Autograph Letter Signed "JC Calhoun". Three pages of a bifolium, 8" x 9.75", Fort Hill; May 19, 1839. A letter to H.C. Fisher, concerning the protection of the institution of slavery within southern slaveholding states, particularly in North Carolina. He writes, in part: "I enclose a number of the [illegible] containing a communication signed Amicus recommending the public Southern Run to the people of the slave holding states. A work of this kind is indispensable to our safety and character as a people. I have entire confidence in the competency of A. P. Upshur for conducting the work. He will enter in his duties with great zeal, as well as ability and all that is wanting is the patronage of those whose interest is [illegible] to defend. As hard as are the times, it must not be permitted to fail. The subscription has started well in the state, both parties' unity in support of the work. All that is wanting to ensure its success is, that a few enlightened & patriotic citizens in each state should step forward and exact themselves to accomplish the object..."

    John C. Calhoun was Monroe's Secretary of War from 1817-1825, Vice President under J.Q. Adams and Jackson (1825-1832), Tyler's Secretary of State (1844-1845), and U.S. Senator from South Carolina (1832-1843, 1845-1850). Calhoun was a radical proponent of slavery calling it a "positive good".

    Condition: Light foxing and toning at mail folds, darker on verso. Small amounts of dampstaining. Signature is clear.


    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
    October, 2017
    19th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 177

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 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
    Only 35 days left to consign to the 2018 August 23 Cartography Signature Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,136,520