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1805 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Land Grant
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,997.50
Please Note: The original catalog title for this lot is inaccurate. The correct title is "1805 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Land Grant. The catalog description is correct
cOne-page document, dated August 24, 1805, signed by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States and James Madison (1751-1836), fourth President of the United States. The official government document grants James Wells of Fairfield County, Ohio, a parcel of land in Chilicothe, Ohio, pursuant to "An Act to amend the Act, entituled An Act providing for the sale of the Lands of the United States in the Territory North West of the Ohio, and above the mouth of the Kentucky River." It has been signed along the base in black fountain pen by Thomas Jefferson, as President, and James Madison, as Secretary of State. The Jefferson signature, while light, is clearly legible and grades "3." The Madison signature is slightly stronger and grades "4." Jefferson was in the first year of his second term at the time this document was signed. Madison served as Secretary of State for Jefferson for eight years before succeeding him as President in 1809. The document is partially printed and handwritten on parchment or vellum, and features the official government seal firmly attached in the lower left. The handwritten text is light but legible, grading "4" overall. In Good condition, with moderate soiling, normal folds and a few slight tears to the paper seal. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 15 x 13.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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