JEFFERSON DAVIS — IN A LETTER TO A FORMER LOVER, PENNED JUST 7 MONTHS AFTER HIS MARRIAGE TO VARINA, RECALLS: “WHEN WE WERE TO EACH OTHER IN A DIFFERENT RELATION FROM THAT WHICH EXISTS NOW”
DAVIS, JEFFERSON. (1808-1889). First and only President of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). Superb Autograph Letter Signed, “Jefferson Davis”. Four full pages, small quarto. Washington, D.C., September 24, 1854. Very fine condition.
“THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT… HAS BEEN MADE SUBJECT OF SO MUCH EXCITEMENT SO AS TO SHUT OUT OF PUBLIC VIEW ALL OTHER QUESTIONS… AND HAS CONTRIVED TO TINGE ALL LEGISLATION WITH THE BLACK DEFILEMENT….”
MORSE, SAMUEL F.B. (1791-1872). American artist and inventor of the electric telegraph and Morse code. Superb Autograph Letter Signed, “Samuel F.B. Morse”. Two full pages, quarto. Poughkeepsie, New York, November 1, 1854.
R.B. HAYES’ SIGNED PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE ARMY
HAYES, RUTHERFORD B. (1822-1893). Nineteenth President of the United States (1877-1881). Uncommon, and rather scarce “Message / of the / President of the United States / Returning to the House of Representatives / the / Bill Entitled ‘An Act Making Appropriations for the Support / of the Army for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, / 1880 and for other purposes.” – Dated “April 29, 1879. Washington: Government Printing Office / 1879”. Boldly signed in the top margin.
CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, THE GRANDSON OF JOHN ADAMS AND THE SON OF JOHN QUINCY DETAILS HIS EUROPEAN TRAVELS AND COMMENTS ON THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCENE
ADAMS, CHARLES F. (1807-1886). American diplomat and editor, grandson of John Adams and son of John Quincy Adams; during the American Civil War, served as United States Minister to the United Kingdom, and was crucial to Union efforts to prevent British recognition of the Confederate States and to maintain European neutrality; featured and had major roles in national and state politics before and after the Civil War. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “C.F.A.”, on blind-embossed Bath stationery. Four very full pages, octavo. Venice [Italy], May 23 and 24, 1868.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT ~~ TO HIS SECRETARY OF WAR, REQUESTING THAT THIS FORMER CONFEDERATE SOLDIER, NOW SERVING IN HIS CABINET, REFRAIN FROM PUBLIC APPEARENCES WITHOUT SPEAKING TO HIM FIRST
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919). Historian, naturalist, 26th President (1901-1909), and first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1906). Revealing Typed Letter Signed, “Theodore Roosevelt,” as President, on White House, Washington letterhead. Marked ‘Personal’. One page, quarto. ‘Oyster Bay, N.Y.’, August 29, 1908.
EXCESSIVELY-RARE SIGNATURE OF AMERICAN PIONEER PHOTOGRAPHER ~~ MATHEW B. BRADY
BRADY, MATHEW B. (1822/1824 –1896) Early adaptor and one of the most famous photographers in American history; best known for his depiction of the events and personalities of the Civil War. His excessively-rare, Signature “M.B. Brady”, as an endorsement, penned on the verso of a check made out to him in the amount of $18.75 from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
“I WENT TO JEFFERSON DAVIS, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMM[ISSION] AND ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD DO ME THE PERSONAL FAVOR TO REPORT THE BILL. HE DID SO ON THE 23RD OF FEB. ON THE 26TH AT MY REQUEST HE MARRIED IT AS AN AMENDMENT UPON THE ARMY APPROPRIATION BILL…”
WILSON, HENRY. (1812-1875). 18th Vice President of the United States. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Henry Wilson”, as Senator from Massachusetts. Four full pages, quarto. Natick [Massachusetts]. June 3, 1869.