1800 James Monroe Signed Letter to John Jay

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2117

Item Year: 1800

Category: Historical/Political

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One-page handwritten letter (on the front side of a fold-over sheet), dated May 28, 1800, signed by James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. Monroe was governor of Virginia at the time of this letter, which is addressed to "His Excellency the Governor of New York." In full: "I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency a copy of the acts which passed at the last session of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth; and to be, with great respect, your Excellency's most obed. Servant - Jas. Monroe." The signature has been beautifully executed in black fountain pen and grades "9/10." (The text was written in the hand of a secretary.) John Jay was the governor of New York at the time, and both he and Monroe are considered two of the more prominent "Founding Fathers" of the United States. Prior to serving two terms as President (beginning in 1817), Monroe also served as Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and minister to both England and France. Locally in Virginia, he served two, nonconsecutive terms as governor and, in 1790, was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress. The document (7.25 x 8.75 inches) is lightly toned and displays two horizontal folds, as well as a few light creases. Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.


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