MONROE, JAMES. (1758-1831). Fifth President of the United States. Partially-printed Document Signed, “James Monroe,” as President. One page, folio, vellum. Washington. May 21, 1821. Countersigned by Josiah Meigs, as Commissioner of the General Land Office. The Document reads, in part:
“ … Know Ye, That, in pursuance of the Acts of Congress appropriating and granting Land to the late Army of the United States, passed on and since the sixth day of May, 1812, Alexander R. Hawley, Brother and only Heir at the Law of Moses N. Hawley decd. Having deposited in the General Land-Office a Warrant in his favour, numbered 24,692, there is granted unto the said Alexander R. Hawley brother and only heir at law of Moses M. Hawley decd, late a Private in Conkling’s Company of the fourth Regiment of Infantry — a certain Tract of Land, containing one Hundred and Sixty acres being the South Quartr. Of Section thirteen of township five North in Range Eleven West in the Tract appropriated (by the Acts aforesaid) for Military Bounties, in the Territory of Arkansas. To have and hold the said quarter sections of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Alexander R. Hawley brother and only heir at law of Moses N. Hawley, decd., and to this heir and assigns for ever …”
Superior example of the paper wafer seal of the Land Office affixed at lower left. Some light toning to the vellum. This land grant is not the usual one found in the autograph market. The vignette of the grateful America/Columbia handing over the deed for the parcel to the retired soldier, while his son carries his sword indicating his duty as over, but still ready should he be needed again, is especially fine. These documents make fine display items.