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Autograph Document Signed by Andrew Jackson, dated Fort Williams, March 24th, 1814, concerning provision of rations for “ … eighty-three men under the command of Capt. A. Saunders for eight days … ,“ fold creases and browning. Mounted with a printed engraved portrait of Jackson. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures
Extremely rare ink signature of Charlotte Bronte. Signed “yours faithfully, C. Bronte” on an off-white 3 inchess by .75 inches slip irregularly clipped and affixed to a larger scrapbook page. The page bears the signatures of several other notable British writers, including novelist and Bronte biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth M. Sewell, Margaret Gatty, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Martha Sherwood, as well as an address panel in the hand of Elizabeth Eastlake. Double matted and framed with a lithograph of Charlotte Bronte. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Exceptionally rare.
Autograph letter signed by Clara Barton. The letter, addressed to a Mrs. Renel on the verso, transmits the text of a reply she has mailed to correspondent in Athens, Greece, “My dear Mr. Denetriaralis, Your card asking for the last report of the Red Cross is at hand. In reply I would say that I am not now President of the Red Cross, which has passed into the hands of the Government, with the Sec. of War as its President. As you will see above, I am president of the National First Aid of America – which means First aid for the injured…” She signs the letter, Clara Barton, Pres. The letter measures 8.25 inches by 5.5 inches. Matted and framed.
Autographed letter signed by Ian Fleming to journalist and spy Antony Terry of the British Press Centre. On Kemsley House letterhead, dated 9th July 1951. It reads, ”I attach a copy of my final letter to Michael Parker, from which you will see that his application to Mr. Neville Berry only received consideration from me since Parker intended to move to Munich. Naturally, I do not want anyone else accredited to the British Zone, and I leave it to you in case Parker calls to clarify his mind on the point. Meanwhile, please accept my further congratulations on the splendid service you continue to give to us and which is greatly appreciated by all editors. It also gives me much pleasure to hear from time to time what a fine reputation you are building up in Germany. A high opinion of your work is undoubtedly held by everyone who matters in the British Zone. I hope you have a splendid holiday Yours ever Ian Fleming.” In near fine condition. The letter measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Fleming. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
Jack Kerouac’s candid handwritten reply to a young man’s questions about being a “Beatnik,” his life philosophy, his thoughts on Montana, and more. Students in Robert Dodd’s ninth-grade class were told to contact their favorite writer with their own unique series of questions relating specifically to that writer. The young Dodd chose Jack Kerouac, and the author replied at length to his questionnaire, which includes queries about his classification as a “Beatnik” (his answer: “I never was a Beatnik – it was the newspapers and critics who tagged that label on me….”), life philosophy (“My philosophy is ‘No Philosophy,’ just ‘Things-As-They-Are’”), career goals (“Be a great writer making everybody believe in Heaven”), the ideal way of life (“Hermit in the woods…”), his thoughts on fame (“My name is like Crackerjacks, famous, but very few people buy my books…”), and segregation (“[t]he Irish and Italians of Massachusetts never paraded in protest, just worked hard and made it”). Interestingly, Kerouac is most expansive in response to the final question: whether he has visited Montana. His answer fills three-quarters of the page, beginning: “Great day, my favorite state! – I wrote about Montana in ‘On the Road’ but the publishers took it out behind my back… I stayed one night, but up all night, in a saloon in Butte, to keep out of the 40-below February cold, among sheep ranchers playing poker.” Two pages. In near fine condition.
John Adams Signed Document, while as President. One page on vellum. Partially printed and some in manuscript, Philadelphia, June 27, 1798, appointing George Calder as Midshipman in the Navy. It is also signed by Benjamin Stoddart as Secretary of the Navy. A sharp example of a large Adams signature on a Midshipman’s commission. Calder served in that capacity until 1802, then was appointed Sailing Master, resigning in November of 1804. Many of his papers survive in the James W. Patton archive at University of North Carolina. Small repair to the upper right corner, in near fine condition. One page on vellum. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 17 inches.
Letter signed by Marie ‘de Medici. Signed “Marie,” dated September 12, 1613. Letter to M. de Bouthwoud, the president of the Parliament at Rouen, ordering him in the name of her son to convene and supervise the convocation of the Parliament. At this time Marie de Medici was regent for her son, Louis XIII, who was nine years old. A rare and desirable piece from the influential Medici, featuring a large, prominent signature. In excellent condition with only light toning and wear. The document measures 8.25 inches by 12.5 inches. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 18.75 inches.
Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed by Maurice Ravel. The quotation, 3 bars from his Chansons madécasses, notated on a two-stave system, with holograph title, lyrics, tempo directive and instrument labels. The letter in French is addressed to “My friend”, in French, stating that he received his note when leaving Geneva and mentioning two places he might be when he returns at Christmastime, dated Paris 15 December 1928 With Hotel D’Athènes” stationery. Both matted and framed together with a commemorative medallion. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 27 inches. A striking piece, rare and desirable.
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
India: 26 March 1934.
A historically significant autographed signed letter from Mohandas Gandhi, written at the height of the independence movement in India, in response to the devastation of the Nepal-Bihar earthquake, and requesting help from a British friend. The 8.0 magnitude earthquake which struck on January 15, 1934, was one of the worst in the history of Nepal and the northern Indian state of Bihar. Gandhi writes to Sam Higginbottom in response to an offer of aid, “Dear Friend: Your letter has given me great joy. I take you at your word. Come, see the afflicted area and tell us (1) how best and cheaply we can clean our choked wells, (2) how we can house the homeless, (3) how drain water-clogged areas, (4) how remove the sand which covers our fair fields. These are but samples of the work in front of us. Of course the gov’t and the people are working in unison. But you know my regards for your expert knowledge. Even if you do not show us anything new, I personally will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have seen the area… I leave tomorrow morning with Rajendra Babu to visit balance of the area yet unseen by me. But you may come independently of me… I return to Patna on 4th prox. evening and leave for Purnea and thence for Assam on the 7th proximo… Very sincerely, M. Gandhi.” The recipient of the letter Sam Higginbottom, was an Englishman who lived in Allahabad, India, where he founded the Allahabad Agricultural Institute. While in India, he developed close friendships with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The letter is on both sides of a single sheet, with a portion of the original envelope, addressed in Gandhi’s hand and with canceled stamp, affixed to the bottom of the letter. In very good condition. Housed in a custom folding case. An exceptional piece of history.
"So near is grandeur to our dust, So nigh is God to man, When duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can": Autographed Signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autographed sentiment signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The note reads, “So near is grandeur to our dust, So nigh is God to man, When duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can,” R.W. Emerson.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A very attractive piece.
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 4 inches by 5.5 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.