MCKINLEY ACCEPTS CONGRATULATIONS ON HIS RE-ELECTION
McKINLEY, WILLIAM (1843-1901) 25th President of the United States. Typed Letter Signed, “Wm. McKinley,” as President, on Executive Mansion, Washington letterhead. One page, quarto. Washington, November 14, 1900. McKinley writes to Gen. Albert D. Shaw.
SIMON BRADSTREET — LAST COLONIAL GOVERNOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY
BRADSTREET, SIMON. (1603-1697). His very scarce Signature, “Simon Bradstreet”, as cut from a letter, on a slip of paper. Approximately 2 ¼ x 1 inches. Very fine condition.
RARE SIGNATURE OF THE NOTED ENGLISH JURIST SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE
BLACKSTONE, SIR WILLIAM. (1723-1780) English jurist, judge, and professor; Blackstone produced Commentaries on the Laws of England, a highly successful treatise on common law that remains an important source on classical views of the common law. His rare Signature, and sentiment: “Your most obedt. Servt. W. Blackstone,” as cut from a larger letter / document. Approximately 2 ¼ x 1 inch.
MARIE ANTOINETTE — QUEEN OF FRANCE, ORDERS PAYMENT OF 60 POUNDS TO ONE OF HER COURT COURRIERS
MARIE ANTOINETTE. (1755 –1793) Queen of France; born archduchess of Austria, youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I; she became dauphine of France upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, [LouisXVI] heir apparent to the French throne (1770); during the French Revolution, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed, by guillotine, [2 days after her husband, Louis XVI] at the Place de la Revolution. (14 October 1793). Scarce Manuscript Document Signed, “Payez / Marie Antoinette”, as Queen. One page, large legal folio, vellum. Versailles, April 1, 1783.
BERTRAND RUSSELL TO HIS TYPIST: ”…YOU WERE GOOD AT DECIPHERING BAD HANDWRITING. IT OCCURS TO ME THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE ENCLOSED MANNUSCRIPT”.
RUSSELL, BERTRAND [EARL]. (1872-1970). British philosopher, mathematician and Nobel laureate. Typed Letter Signed, ”Bertrand Russell”, on imprinted Telegraph House stationery. One full page, octavo. ”Harting, Petersfield”, March 12, 1937.
JOHN HANCOCK — A 1765 LOTTERY TICKET FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF FANEUIL HALL
ISSUED TO EDWARD PROCTOR, WHO LEAD A GROUP OF MEN ON THE NIGHT OF THE ‘BOSTON TEA PARTY’ TO DUMP INTO THE SEA THE TEA CHESTS SECURED ABOARD THE ‘DARTMOUTH’ WHILE SHE LAY MOORED AT GRIFFIN’S WARF IN BOSTON HARBOR. BOLDLY SIGNED BY PROCTOR ON THE VERSO AND STRONGLY SIGNED BY HANCOCK ON THE RECTO — A SIMPLY SUPERB, AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, COMBINATION OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT SIGNATURES
HANCOCK, JOHN (1737-1793) President of the Continental Congress and of the Congress of the Confederation; Governor of Massachusetts; first Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Scarce Partly-printed “Faneuil-Hall LOTTERY, No. Five” ticket, boldly signed “John Hancock”, at the lower center right.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ~~ SIGNED AS A DELEGATE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. (1706-1790). Founding Father of the United States; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; author and printer; political theorist and politician; scientist; inventor; statesman; and diplomat. Autograph Note Signed “Dr. Franklin”, in the third person. To: Charles Biddle (1745-1821), Vice-President of Pennsylvania. No place [Philadelphia], 8 May 1787. One page, oblong octavo. (4 x 6 3/8 in).