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RARE 1861 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN

LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed. Washington, D.C. August 20, 1861.

Exceptional August 1861 autograph letter penned entirely in Lincoln's hand, signed by him in the first year of the war and mere weeks after the Union loss at Bull Run, written to Secretary of War Cameron regarding the appointment of John Huntington, from a distinguished Connecticut family, to the position of Assistant Quarter-Master of the Army, beautifully housed in a custom half morocco portfolio featuring a handsome engraved portrait of Lincoln. $26,000.

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"IT WAS SO MUCH TO KNOW, THAT TWENTY-FOUR LITTLE HOURS WOULD RESTORE TO MY EMBRACE, MY OLD, WORN, EXILED BROTHER"

BARTON, Clara. Autograph letter signed. Flying Hospital Army Corps [Aiken's Landing, Virginia], 1864.

Fascinating Civil War signed autograph letter written entirely in Clara Barton's hand warmly expressing her gratitude to Major General Benjamin F. Butler for his decision to take her ill brother, imprisoned behind enemy lines, into his own regiment to allow a transfer to Barton's nursing care. $7500.

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AUTOGRAPH 1834 SAMUEL HOUSTON LETTER, THRICE SIGNED BY HIM

HOUSTON, Samuel. Autograph letter signed. Washington, D.C. May 1, 1834.

Bold two-page autograph letter signed from Sam Houston granting power of attorney to prominent 19th-century fur trader Auguste Pierre Chouteau for the purpose of transferring to two members of the Osage Nation title of his property on the Grand River in Oklahoma. Thrice signed: once in third person within the text, boldly and with a flourish at the conclusion of the letter, and a third time on the address leaf. $7200.

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"THE RUSSIANS ARE QUITE OUT OF IT AND BETTER STOP BEFORE THE GERMANS TAKE PETROGRAD": EXCEPTIONAL WORLD WAR I AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY GEORGE PATTON, WRITING FROM FRANCE TO HIS FATHER, ENTIRELY PENNED IN HIS HAND AND DATED SEPTEMBER 18, 1917

PATTON, George S. Autograph letter signed. Chaumont, France, September 18, 1917.

Scarce World War I autograph letter signed by Patton dated September 18, 1917, written to his father very soon after his appointment as Post Adjutant and Commander of the AEF headquarter forces in Chaumont near Paris, containing foresight about the potentially dire consequences of instability in Russia—in this letter dated less than two months before the Russian Revolution—and demonstrating his genius for both politics and military strategy by observing peace "of course would be simply a truce and the next time the allies will probably be lined up in a different way." $6000.

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"I CANNOT PREVAIL ON MYSELF TO LEAVE MORE ACCOUNTS UNSETTLED BEHIND ME"

JAY, John. Autograph letter signed. Chaillot near Paris, March 28, 1784.

Original autograph letter, written and signed by Founding Father, Supreme Court Justice, and United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Jay, just after completion of his negotiations for The Treaty of Paris, encouraging his close friend, William Duer, a New York Federalist who attended the Continental Congress and signed the Articles of Confederation, to delay a planned trip to China due to the death of Duer's brother and detailing his plans for wrapping up his tenure in Paris, additionally signed as part of the return address on the sheet that once enclosed the letter. $4600.

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"NO MAN COULD BE ELECTED TO CONGRESS MORE DISTINCTLY PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE POLICY OF THE ADMINISTRATION"

MOSBY, John S. Autograph letter signed. Warrenton, Virginia, April 29, 1874.

Original signed autograph letter from Confederate Colonel James Mosby to Virginia politician James William Marshall regarding the 1874 congressional election in which Mosby, a supporter of the Grant Administration, was attempting to discourage the entry of other candidates into the race. $4500.

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"A CONFEDERACY IS FORMED BY PART OF THE INHABITANTS OF CONIHECHEGUE TO STOP OR DESTROY THE CARGO YOU ARE FORWARDING TO FORT PITT"

GAGE, Thomas. Letter signed. New York, March 10, 1766.

Fascinating letter, written in a secretarial hand and signed by General Gage, commander-in-chief of the British Army in North America, concerning difficulties with shipping sabotage by the Native Americans in the aftermath of the French and Indian War. $3800.

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"BEATRICE IS GOING TO BE OPERATED ON FOR APPENDICITIS… I TELEGRAPHED AND WROTE A LARGE LETTER OF SYMPATHY AND GOT A LETTER SAYING THAT ALL MY ANXIETY WAS WASTED"

PATTON, George S. Autograph letter signed. West Point, New York, 1909.

Wonderful signed autograph letter from George S. Patton at West Point to his father, mainly concerning his future wife's appendicitis operation and a food fight in the school cafeteria. $3500.

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"THE SPEECH ON GEN. GRANT'S LAST ANNIVERSARY DELIVERED AT BOSTON MAY MEET YOUR WISHES"

LONGSTREET, James. Autograph letter signed. WITH: Manuscript speech. Gainesville, Georgia, January 21, 1897.

Original autograph letter signed, dated 1897, from General Longstreet to a New England schoolmaster stating that he is too ill to fulfill the request to write a new speech, but is willing to offer a speech delivered on the recent anniversary of General Grant's death instead, accompanied by a manuscript copy of that speech in a secretarial hand. $3500.

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"FOR SUPPLIES FURNISHED TO THE FEMALE SEMINARY…"

ROSS, John. Autograph letter signed. Oklahoma, March 6, 1857.

Wonderful signed autograph letter, dated 1857, from Cherokee Nation Chief John Ross directing his brother, National Treasurer Lewis Ross, to pay John Ross's general store partner and brother-in-law John Stapler for school supplies given to the Cherokee Female Seminary. $3000.

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SIGNED BY MARTIN VAN BUREN AS SECRETARY OF STATE

VAN BUREN, Martin. Manuscript letter signed. Washington, May 19, 1830.

Manuscript letter in a secretarial hand appointing a former Maine Supreme Court justice to the position of Minister to the Netherlands, signed by Secretary of State and future president Martin Van Buren. $1350.

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