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James Madison/James Monroe Signed War of 1812 Document
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
One-page Presidential document signed by James Madison (1751-1836), fourth President of the United States, and James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. Executed just eight days following the start of the War of 1812, this document, dated June 26, 1812, authorizes "...the private armed schooner called the Comet...owned by Henry Barrett of the town of Portsmouth and state of Virgina...and the other officers and crew thereof to subdue, seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private, which shall be found within the jurisdictional limits of the United States or elsewhere on the high seas...The said Henry Barrett is further authorised [sic] to detain, seize and take all vessels and effects, to whomsoever belonging, which shall be liable thereto according to the Law of Nations and the rights of the United States as a power at war..." The document has been signed in black ink by James Madison, as President, and James Monroe, as Secretary of State. Both signatures are extremely strong, with the Monroe signature grading "9", and the Madison signature grading "8." The document (15.75 x 12.5 inches) displays one vertical and three horizontal fold lines, along the length of which exist a few slight tears. The original Presidential paper seal is complete and intact, firmly affixed in the lower left. Despite the minor imperfections, the nearly two-hundred year old document is extraordinarily bright and clean, with a strong overall Excellent appearance. Beautifully mounted and framed to total dimensions of 23 x 20 inches. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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