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Lot Photo Description
Lot 1331
Clay, Henry, 1825 free frank: "Free H Clay" on folded lettersheet with indistinct red c.d.s. at upper left; addressed to St Louis,
Reinforced vertical split at center,
Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Henry Clay, Sr., was an American lawyer, planter and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. After serving three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House, Clay helped elect John Quincy Adams president, and Adams subsequently appointed Clay as Secretary of State. Clay served four separate terms in the Senate, including stints from 1831 to 1842 and 1849 to 1852. He ran for the presidency in 1824, 1832 and 1844, and unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination in 1840 and 1848. Clay was one of a handful of national leaders to actively work from 1811 to the 1850s, defining issues, proposing nationalistic solutions and creating the Whig Party, one of the two major parties during the Second Party System.

Current Bid$130
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Lot 1332
Harding, Florence Kling (1860-1924), First Lady 1920-24. Full bold signature tying a #610 to a page of E.E. Wansleben stationery; interesting item.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1333
Houston, Samuel, 1831 Deed of Confirmation from Osage Nation: one-page document on sale of land from Osage Nation to himself; bold full signature at bottom of page,
Paper erosion at corners,
Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 1334
Houston, Samuel, 1834 Land Claim to the Cherokee Nation: two-page document conveying two reservations of land along the Grand River to the Cherokee Nation per the Treaty of 1825; large, bold signature on second page,
Splits at folds, archival tape inside of page, none of which affects the signature,
Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Sam Houston was an American soldier and politician. He was the only governor within a future Confederate state to oppose secession and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention. After the War, Houston became a key figure in Texas and was elected the first and third President of the Republic of Texas. He supported annexation by the United States and became a U.S. Senator in 1845, and finally governor of the State of Texas in 1859, whereby Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state.

Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 1335
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, reading "For Miss Julia Robie/Very Truly Yours/Harriet Beecher Stowe/Mandaris Fla/March 31 1883"; clear, sharp signature, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author, best known for her novel
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States, energizing anti-slavery forces in the North while provoking widespread anger in the South.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 1336

Garfield, James, free frank as Congressman, manuscript "Ja Garfield MC" with Washington DC c.d.s., on cover addressed to Hiram OH; reduced at left, tear upper left, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600

B. A. Hinsdale was President of Hiram College and close friend of President Garfield. After Garfield's assassination, Hinsdale was authorized by Lucretia Garfield to collect, edit and publish The Works of Garfield
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Current Bid$200
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Lot 1337

Tyler, John, "JTyler" free frank on outer letter sheet, with manuscript "Charles CH/Jany 17" postmark; addressed to Lowell, MA, Fine to Very Fine, with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $600 - 800

John Tyler, tenth President of the United States (1841-45). Elected Vice-President on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison, Tyler became president after Harrison's death in April 1841, just a month into the new administration. He was a supporter of states' rights, and as president adopted nationalist policies only when they did not infringe on the powers of the states. His unexpected rise to the presidency, with the resulting threat to the presidential ambitions of Henry Clay and other politicians, left him estranged from both major political parties.

Current Bid$300
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Lot 1338

Van Cortlandt, Peter, 1799 free frank, red "Phi" postmark with matching "Free" straightline; manuscript "P.V. Cortlandt"; addressed to Troy, NY; single-page letter datelined "Philadelphia Jan 1, 1799", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Van Cortlandt was descended from early settlers of New York and served as Lieutenant Governor under George Clinton from 1777-95. He inherited the Van Cortlandt manor house and surrounding lands from his father in 1747. Apparently he was pressed for money when he penned the letter as he reminds Boardman that he "…must be sensible that altho the land is bound you are not in the least exonerated from payment of your bond…."
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Current Bid$130
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