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    Martin Van Buren: A Documented Bet on the Presidency. An entertaining piece, this single-page document lays out the specifics of a bet between two gentlemen as to who will receive the majority of the electoral votes- Martin Van Buren or William H. Harrison. The bet includes, "...Ten bales cotton of best quality weighing five hundred pounds each on each state in the union. (26 in number) that Van Buren will receive a majority of the Electoral Votes in the contest now pending between Van Buren and Wm. H. Harrison for the Presidency. Meaning thereby that the true intent and meaning of the parties is that Watkins risks ten bales of cotton in each state in the union in favor of Van Buren and every state that Van Buren receives a majority of the Electoral votes...The cotton to be delivered...to the winning party in five parcels annually for five years commencing on the 1st day of January 1841..." A calculation of states and bales can be seen at the bottom left corner in pencil. The letter is signed at the bottom by both parties and measures 7.875" x 12.625. Some toning present. A 1.75" tear is visible near the bottom right corner. Left side has a rough edge with minor damp stains and faint ghost of pale handwriting transposed on the letter from another document. No doubt, this interesting piece is still in great condition for its age. The only question is whether the loser honored the agreement!

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2021
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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