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  • Jefferson, Madison signed papers to make $20,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Jefferson, Madison signed papers to make $20,000?

A set of printed ship's papers signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison circa 1805 carries an estimate of $15,000-20,000 to PBA Galleries' November 7 sale in San Francisco.  

Thomas Jefferson ships papers
The papers grant the ship Ann safe passage from New York to Hull

The papers grant safe passage to William Coit, captain of the ship Ann, from New York to Hull, UK. They detail the cargo, which includes iron, serpentine and cotton.

Jefferson was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence while James Madison, who succeeded Jefferson as president from 1809-1817, was a key player in drafting both the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The letter features old folds that have been repaired, with some loss of text, along with clear, bold signatures.

A document signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, appointing William H White a brigade surgeon of volunteers, could make $10,000-15,000.

Lincoln brigade surgeon
Examples of military appointments signed by Lincoln pertaining to medical personnel are rare

Considered to be one of the greatest US presidents, Lincoln is credited with keeping the union intact despite a civil war that almost tore the nation in two.

A relatively large number of military appointments featuring Lincoln's signature survived to the present day, but medical appointments are much rarer.  

We have these fragments of wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln's bedroom for sale.

A typescript of Ernest Hemingway's introduction to Kiki's memoirs carries an identical valuation of $10,000-15,000.

The working draft features Hemingway's revisions in ink. Kiki, also known as Alice Prin, was an artist's model, singer and a celebrated Parisian socialite in the early 1920s.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • JeffersonMadisonpaperssigned