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Thomas Jefferson 1801 presidential free frank

Superlative hand-addressed free frank as president, measuring 9.75 x 6.75 unfolded, with center panel measuring 5 x 3.25, addressed by Jefferson to “Genl Samuel Smith, Baltimore,” and beautifully franked in the upper left, “free, Th: Jefferson.” The panel bears a “Free” ink stamp and postal cancellation of “Wash City Oct 12”; there was previously an autograph letter integral to this free frank, dated October 10, 1891, which was cleanly clipped off and removed. In fine condition, with professionally repaired partial separations to perimeter folds (a horizontal fold passes through the center panel but is intact and untouched), a couple miniscule tears to edges, and the postmark only superficially touching the downstroke of one letter in his signature.

Samuel Smith was a distinguished soldier and politician who joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and later commanded the defenses during the Battle of Baltimore and Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Smith received this from President Jefferson while serving in the House of Representatives, where he had in fact negotiated Jefferson’s appointment to the presidency just a year earlier in the hotly disputed election of 1800, after the Electoral College vote had resulted in a tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr. A beautiful exemplar with immensely desirable characteristics—all writing is exceedingly crisp and bold, it dates to an early time in his first presidential term, and presents an excellent association with the American Revolution and establishment of its new federal government. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Thomas Jefferson

 

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Thomas Jefferson Scarce full free frank

Scarce full free frank as president, measuring 9.75 x 7.25 unfolded, with center panel measuring 5 x 3, addressed by Jefferson to “Mr. James Oldham, House-joiner, Richmond,” and crisply franked in the upper left, “free, Th: Jefferson Pr. US.” Originally sent on August 30, 1807, this contained a letter to Oldham regarding payment for his work; calculations to the blank panels were most likely made by Oldham to figure out the bill. Scattered creases, a few small stains and stray ink blots to blank panels, and an expected area of paper loss from the seal to the upper blank panel, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a color photocopy of the letter sent to Oldham. James Oldham was a joiner at Monticello from 1801 to 1804, where he crafted exterior woodwork for Jefferson’s expanded Monticello II; after moving to Richmond in 1805, he supplied Jefferson with materials for the main house, such as venetian blinds for the greenhouse, sashes for the Southeast Portico, paneled doors, mortise locks, glass, and mahogany planks. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Thomas Jefferson Ink signature

Ink signature, “Th: Jefferson,” on an off-white 2.75 x 2 slip, with an ink notation under signature in an unknown hand. Archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Jefferson to an overall size of 14 x 20. In good condition, with Jefferson’s signature very light, but still mostly legible, and moderate creases and wrinkling. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Thomas Jefferson

 

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Thomas Jefferson Ink docketing signature as president

Ink docketing signature as president, “Mr. Jefferson,” at the bottom of a letter sent to him by Congressman William Branch Giles, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.5, dated September 25, 1801. The letter is an introduction for Mr. Tebeuffe, and reads, in part: “He is the son of a gentleman of that name, who some years ago came from France to the United States, with a view of establishing himself in some part of the western country, but in making the attempt, was unfortunately murdered by the Indians…After the death of the father, and during the minority of the son, the family was put on the list of emigrants by the then government of France [referring to the France’s Revolutionary-era list of political “undesirables” who were considered enemies of the state and were subjected to permanent exile and forfeiture of personal property]. Mr. Tebeuffe having received assurances that their names will now be erased from the emigrant list proposes to visit his native country, with a view of making his respects to his Mother, who is still living, and as far as may be practicable of reclaiming his estate. Mr. Tebeuffe, sensible of the high consideration attached to your name in France, conceives, that letters from you of his good conduct here, will essentially facilitate the execution of his objects.” Giles then goes on to describe Tebueffe and his employment in the mercantile business. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered light stains, primarily to edges and corners, mild toning over Jefferson’s handwriting, a few chips and small separations, and light show-through from writing on reverse. Jefferson earned the “high consideration” of the French government during his tenure as Minister to France from 1785 to 1789, during which time he lived in a house on the Champs Élysées in Paris. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Thomas Jefferson

 

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RR Auction Thomas Jefferson Autograph Note 1802 Signed

RR Auctions Thomas JeffersonThird-person ANS as president, one page, 6.5 x 6.5, June 17, 1802. Note to John Hawk reads, in full: “Th: J incloses the within to Mr. Barnes because the captain will probably apply to him on his arrival. A box for me is gone to Philadelphia. How shall I get the freight paid there?” Light intersecting folds, some show-through from docketing on reverse, and red seal remnant to lower right, otherwise fine condition. Barnes was a longtime friend of Jefferson’s after moving to Washington and holding several governmant posts. In 1806, Jefferson would appoint Barnes collector of customs at the port of Georgetown, serving in the post for almost 20 years. At this point in his presidency, Jefferson was immersed in the Barbary Wars, having in effect declared war on the nations in February of 102. On the date Jefferson sent this note, Morocco declared war on the United States, but quickly negotiated a peace settlement in August. A fantastic presidential note with a bold and unmistakable “Th: J,” leading it off. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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