1743-1890s Political and Document Lot with Van Buren Sig 
Lot Number 659
Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/17/2008 10:00:00 
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Featuring several payments, documents, letters and some impressive signatures, the presented lot contains over 100 years of American history from before the Revolution through the end of the 19th century. The highlight of the lot is likely the two-page hand-written and signed letter from Martin Van Buren (d.1862) dated to 1830. Also included are: a 1743 two-page document regarding land acquired by Samuel Smith dated several times; a 1780 State of Connecticut payment issued to a Continental Army soldier signed by treasurer John Lawrence; 1816 Hartford, CT sheriff document entailing dues to be paid from one camp to another; an 1840 hand-written letter from Benjamin Hale (President of Geneva College) addressed to later Secretary of State and purchaser of Alaska William H. Seward; an 1866 personal check signed by Lafayette Foster (d.1880), former Senator and “would-have-been” president had Booth’s accomplices successfully assassinated their second target Andrew Johnson; an 1869 Virginia & Tennessee Rail Road Company $1000 bond signed and dated by company president; an 1880s United States Marshal badge; (2) 1880s engravings by George Gruickshank and (2) c.1880-90s documents signed by English poet Edmund Gosse (d.1928) – one declining an invitation due to a prior obligation and one impressive resume. The Van Buren letter comes with a full LOA from JSA, while the lot as a whole comes with a COA from James Spence Authentications.  
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