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Rare Original Ship's Passport; Boldly signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State
James Madison and James Monroe Signed Ship’s Passport.
Madison, James and James Monroe.$2,800.00
Item Number: 101482
February 3, 1812.
Original Presidential ship passport signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State. One page partially printed on vellum with beautifully engraved headpiece of a ship and harbor by E. Savage and original wafer Presidential seal, the passport is dated February 3rd 1812 and reads in part, “By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Ship Calcutta of New York John Higginson master or commander of the burden of Three hundred seventy three & 94/95 tons or thereabouts, mounted with two guns, navigated with twenty men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods, and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said ship appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only.” Boldly signed by Madison at the conclusion, “James Madison” and countersigned by James Monroe as Secretary of State. In near fine condition.
Hailed as the "Father of the Constitution," American statesman and founding father James Madison co-wrote the Constitution of the United States, the United States Bill of Rights, and The Federalist Papers. He also co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as the fifth United States secretary of State from 1801 to 1809. Madison succeeded Jefferson with a victory in the 1808 presidential election. After diplomatic protests and a trade embargo failed to end British attacks against American shipping, he led the United States into the War of 1812. Prior to serving as the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe gained national prominence for his critical role in the negotiation of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and service as Secretary of State and Secretary of War under President Madison throughout the War of 1812. Monroe won over eighty percent of the electoral vote in the presidential election of 1816 and used his position to ease existing partisan tensions and endorse American nationalism.