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    Andrew Johnson 1868 Signed Presidential Document Regarding Treaty With Russia One page, Washington, 1868 January 25, 8.5" x 10.5", a partially printed document, filled in by hand. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a power authorizing William H. Seward to conclude an additional article to the Treaty between the United States and Russia of the 6-18 December 1832 dated this day, and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant." It is signed "Andrew Johnson" at the conclusion. The treaty in question is the Treaty on Trade and Navigation between Russia and the North American States which established the principle of most favored nation in trade relations between the two nations. It had been negotiated and signed during James Buchanan's tour of duty as Ambassador to Russia. William H. Seward was Secretary of State under Lincoln and Johnson. In 1867, he bought the area of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, a farsighted action that was, at the time, called Seward's Folly. Two folds, one passing through Johnson's signature, else fine. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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