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    James Monroe and John Quincy Adams Signed Four-Language Ship's Paper for a Pacific Whaling Voyage Partly-printed document signed, "James Monroe" as President, 16" x 20", Washington, June 5, 1820. A four-language ship's passport issued to David Paddock of the ship William & Eliza a 321 ton ship "bound for the Pacific Ocean and laden with Provisions for the use of the officers & crew & utensils for obtaining a cargo of oil..." In other words a whaling voyage. Countersigned "John Quincy Adams" as Secretary of State. The paper is published in the four maritime languages of the day: English, Dutch, Spanish and French. The document was intended to identify the ship as American and to insure safe passage in foreign waters. Usual folds, but otherwise extremely bright and clean with a near perfect paper seal. Simply matted with portraits of both Madison and Adams. A pretty display piece that makes an impressive presentation. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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