Zachary Taylor Partly Printed Document Signed as President with Large Steel Engraving. One page, 16.25" x 13.75", on vellum, Washington, July 12, 1849. With this certificate, President Taylor appointed "Louis Baker of New York ... Consul ... for the port of Laguayra, Venezuela." The manuscript also served as a Presidential request to the Venezuelan government "to permit the said Louis Baker fully and peaceably to enjoy and exercise the said office, without giving or suffering to be given unto him any molestation or trouble; but, on the contrary, to afford him all proper countenance and assistance." Also signed by John M. Clayton as Secretary of State; both signatures are offset by an embossed paper Great Seal of the United States at lower left. Less than a year after signing this handsome document, President Taylor would die of gastroenteritis. Document is bright, white, and very fine. Accompanied by an exceptional 7.75" x 10.75" steel engraving of President Taylor, featuring an intricate geometric border and a small vignette depicting Taylor's victory over the Seminole Indians at Lake Okeechobee.

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