Rare Original Ship's Passport; Boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as Secretary of State
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Ship’s Passport.
Jefferson, Thomas and James Madison.
Item Number: 96511
Original Presidential ship passport signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison 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 1st 1806 and reads in part, “By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Brig Harlequin of New York John S. Doane master or commander of the burden of One Hundred Twenty Seven 13/95. tons or thereabouts, mounted with no guns, navigated with nine men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods, and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said Brig 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 Thomas Jefferson at the conclusion, “TH. Jefferson” and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 19.5 inches. An exceptional example.
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Prior to his presidency, he was elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801. A proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation, he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. Hailed as the "Father of the Constitution," American statesman and founding father James Madison served as Jefferson's Secretary of State from 1801 to 1809. In this role, Madison supervised the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the nation's size.