RARE CONSULAR COMMISSION SIGNED BY BOTH JAMES MONROE AND JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DURING MONROE'S PRESIDENCY
James Monroe and John Quincy Adams Consular Commission Signed.
Monroe, James and John Quincy Adams.$5,500.00
Item Number: 89150
Consular commission singed by James Monroe as President of the United States and John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State. Folio, one page folded, embossed paper presidential seal. The commission letter reads, “To whom it may concern, Mr. Alexander Pillavoine, having produced to me his commission as Consul of His Majesty the King of France and Navarre for the Port of Baltimore, I do hereby recognize him as such, and declare him free to exercise and enjoy such functions, Powers and privileges as are allowed to the Consuls of the most friendly Powers. As testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the United States to be herein affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this Seventh day of April A.D. 1824, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the Forty-eighth.” Boldly signed by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams at the conclusion of the letter. In near fine condition with some light toning. Double matted and framed, with photographs of Monroe and Quincy Adams. The entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 24 inches. An exceptional piece.
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 James 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. With the ratification of the Treaty of 1818 under the diplomacy of his Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, the United States acquired harbor and fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest, and in 1891 acquired the state of Florida under the Adams-Onis Treaty.