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Alexander Stephens, as Confederate VP, pens a letter about Stonewall Jackson's
Stephens Alexander 1812 - 1883 Alexander Stephens, as Confederate VP, pens a letter about Stonewall Jackson's Statue Fund just a week before his mission of peace with President Lincoln Single page ALS on light blue paper, 4.75" x 7.5" inlaid to a larger sheet to a size of 10.25" x 14.75". Dated "28th June 1863" and signed by Alexander Stephen while Confederate VP as "Alexander Stephens". Faint staining/handling marks, else near fine. Accompanied by outstanding provenance as described below.A letter written during a fascinating period of the Civil War. Stephens write only a week before leaving on a boat to Washington to meet with President Lincoln with an attempt to reach a Peace agreement and exchange prisoners, and only days before the Battle of Gettysburg . By this point in time, the Civil War has been raging for four years and the Union has been struggling to hold itself together. The letter was written in the middle of a series of climatic battles between the North and South, and specifically addressed the funding for a statue commemorating Andrew Stonewall Jackson, who had just died of wounds in battle. (Jackson died May 10th, when injured by his own men and ultimately succumbing to pneumonia... a blow to the Confederate Army). The Battle of Gettysburg was eminent, fought July 1-3, and President Davis was expecting a Confederate Victory at Gettysburg. His strategy was to have the Army of Northern Virginia approaching Washington from the North, while Vice President Stephens would be approaching from the South ... and with good timing ..., they might both arrive at the same time in one heralded moment of victory. President Lincoln with then have to make a choice, a lose-lose for the Union and discuss peace negotiations with Stephens.As we all know this historical moment did not unfold as President Davis planned. Instead The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Major General George Mead's Army defeated attacks by Confederate General Robert E. Less's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's attempt to invade the North. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in the three-day battle, the most costly in US history. And for as far as the delegation to meet with Lincoln? VP Stephen's journey only took him as far as Newport News, Virginia, where_?îfollowing the crucial Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg he was informed that the U.S. government would not consider opening negotiations with him. This stalling measure was also in large part because Lincoln was attempting to bring the 13th amendment to a vote, and it was believed that it would be derailed by rumors of the South attempting to establish a peace agreement. In a strategic move Lincoln sent a telegram telling Grant to delay the delegation in Virginia to keep them from reaching Washington before the Amendment is passed. Lincoln desired to conceal knowledge of any pending negotiations and wrote a letter stating "as far as I am aware, there are no delegates from the Confederacy in the Capital to negotiate a peace." This gave Lincoln the advantage of the necessary few days/hours in this giant game of chess to allow for the voting of the 13th Amendment to pass before the delegates reached shore. With his intent accomplished, Lincoln then proceeded to meet with the delegation from the Confederacy. Vice-President Stephens asked if the South would be allowed to rejoin the Union in time to block the Amendment but Lincoln says that slavery in this nation is finished. Stephens retorted that Lincoln's Union is bound together by lies and that it wasn't democracy but trickery that passed the Amendment. So although Alexander Stephen's letter addresses the death of Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson, which has been called 'the greatest personal loss suffered by the Confederacy', it was just a first step in the turning point of the war. Like a domino effect, the next 2 weeks saw the ensuing battle of Gettysburg, Stephen's ill fated and thwarted attempt to negotiate with Lincoln, and the ultimate passing of the 13th Amendment. Plans and conditions for the Souths surrender were underway. A phenomenal period of history with more twists and turns in the ensuring two weeks than a formidable Hollywood movie plot. This letter was written with the innocent eyes of raising funds for Jackson's statue only to be shortly blind sided by battle and politics. Little would Stephens know what was about to ensue. A scarce ALS which reads in full as below: "S.Batht BinchTreasurer Jackson Statue FundRichmond VaDear SirYour letter of the 5th just inviting me to act as (illegible) the executive committee of the Jackson statue fund was received yesterday - allow me to say that my consent so to act is hereby granted- When the other members of the committee are selected you will please me kindly, you will furnish me the time and place of their meeting.Yours truly,Alexander Stephens"From the library of John Augustin Daly (1838-1899). Daly, one of the most important figures in nineteenth-century American theater, worked as a critic, manager, playwright and stage director. At the time of his death, he owned two major theaters, one in New York and the other in London. Daly is considered personally responsible for the careers of such acting greats as John Drew Jr. Maurice Barrymore, Fanny Davenport, Maude Adams, Sara Jewett, Isadora Duncan, Tyrone Power, Sr. and many others.Daly was also an avid book lover and collector, amassing an enormous library of books and original manuscripts. That collection was dispersed in an epic, two-week auction at the American Art Association in New York in March 1900. The present letter was part of an extra-illustrated volume, described in the catalog as a "Unique copy, with autograph letters of all the Presidents inserted..." Walter Benjamin, writing in The Collector, described the sale as a "blaze of glory, due to the total having reached nearly $200,000." Benjamin attributed the sale's incredible success to "a small bookseller on 42d street, who appeared at the sale with apparently unlimited cash, and was soon the master of the situation." That "small bookseller," was George D. Smith (d. 1920), who, up until that time, had been an obscure and unsuccessful book dealer who began his career in 1883 with Dodd & Mead. Smith would dominate the market for the next two decades, working as an agent for some of the wealthiest collectors in the country most notably Henry E. Huntington, for whom Smith purchased a portion of the Duke of Devonshire Library in 1914 for $1.5 million. (American Art Association, Catalogue of the Valuable Literary and Art Property Gathered by the Late Augustin Daly, New York, 1900; The Collector, New York, May 1900, 1-2; Publisher's Weekly, March 13, 1920, 801; Ibid, March 21, 1914, 1008; "Geo. D. Smith Dies in HIs Book Store, New York Times, March 5, 1928, 13)The extra-illustrated volume of presidents from which this piece derives fetched $850, nearly four times above the going rate for presidential sets at the time. According to Walter Benjamin, Smith quickly resold the volume for $1,000. The collection did not surface again until it appeared in a minor auction in early 2016. (The Collector, New York, May 1900, 1-2)Provenance: John Augustin Daly; American Art Association, New York, March 19, 1900, Lot 3122; George D. Smith, New York. University Archives
Rare Georgia High Level Oath of Allegiance to the United States
Civil War \n\nRare Georgia High Level Oath of Allegiance to the United States, Signed by Former Confederate, the Brother of the Mayor of Atlanta, & Including Mention of "emancipation of slaves"\n\nPartly Printed Document Signed "Danl Pittman / Ordinary" and "Danl Pittman," 1 page, 7.25" x 4.75". Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. Completed in manuscript. Certifying that William M. Williams took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America on August 15, 1865. Filled out and signed within the next six years, by Pittman as Ordinary (i.e. Judge), once as he had signed as a witness to Williams' 1865 signature and again certifying that "the foregoing is a true copy of the original oath administered by me to the foregoing deponent, the date and day above written." Form printed by the "Atlanta Intelligencer." Matted and framed to 12" x 10". In apparent fine condition.\n\nIn full, "United States of America. Georgia, Fulton County. I do solemnly swear, or affirm, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the union of the States thereunder, and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves - SO HELP ME GOD. Wm M. Williams. Sworn to and subscribed before me at Atlanta this 15th day of Aug 1865."\n\nCaptain William M. Williams (1828 - 1887) had served in Company C, Fulton Dragoons, Cobbs Legion of Cavalry. His brother James E. Williams (1826 - 1900), a staunch secessionist, served as Mayor of Atlanta from 1866 - 1868. Judge Daniel Pittman (1793 - 1871) represented Gwinnett County in the Georgia State Senate.\n\nWhile similar oaths from Arkansas, Texas, and Alabama are not all that uncommon, this is the only Georgia oath we have ever handled or seen on the market. Oaths of the less rare variety can fetch $3,000 - $4,000.\n\nWE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. University Archives
Mickey Mantle Signed Vintage Baseball Glove with Mantle image in palm of glove
Mantle Mickey 1931 - 1995 Mickey Mantle Signed Vintage Baseball Glove with Mantle image in palm of glove Vintage Baseball Glove Signed "Mickey Mantle" in sharpie on the outside of the glove. Clearly signed Rawlings model MM6 "The Comet" Mickey Mantle endorsed store model fielder's mitt. Previous owner, who used this glove before it was signed, has printed his name on the verso of the adjustable wrist strap. Very Good condition.Mickey Mantle was fast and he was from Commerce, Oklahoma, so, early on in his career, he was known as "The Comet" and "The Commerce Comet."All imprinting in silver: "Custom Crafted" on the webbing, "Deep Well Pocket" and "Mickey Mantle Professional" to the left and right, respectively, of a slightly rubbed full-length image of Mantle in the palm, "The Comet" on the left pinky, "Hinged Pad" beneath it, and "MM6" above the Rawlings logo at the base of the palm. Rawlings manufacturer label on the adjustable wrist strap. Glove fits on the left hand for a right handed thrower.JSA LOA University Archives
Queen Victoria ALS Regarding Irish Potato Famine Landlord's Murder:...
Victoria of England Queen \n\nQueen Victoria ALS regarding Irish Potato Famine landlord's murder: "I hope the Murderer will not escape."\n\n4pp ALS on mourning stationery inscribed overall and signed by Queen Victoria (1819-1901) as "Victoria" at middle right of the fourth page. Written Saturday, November 6, 1847. The diminutive bifold paper has expected light paper folds, else in very good to near fine condition, each page measuring 3.375" x 4.25".\n\nThe Queen's letter to her confidante, Jane Loftus, Marchioness of Ely (1821-1890), concerned the sensational murder of Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon (1787-1847) just four days earlier, on November 2, 1847.\n\nThe murder made headlines in England and horrified Victoria, who wrote elsewhere about the barbaric character of the Irish. It put into sharp relief the ongoing turmoil in Ireland, where the Potato Famine, or Great Hunger (1845-1851), was then at its peak.\n\n"My dearest Jane,\n\n \n\nI was just writing to you to express my horror about the untimely + horrible death, of your Father's old friend poor Major Mahon, when I received your note! When I read [about the dreadful murder in the papers yesterday, I though directly what grief this sad news would be to your family. --\n\n \n\nPoor Mrs. Mahon and her Daughter, how I pity them! He [Major Mahon was the uncle of Mrs. Phipps, the wife of Col: Phipps: She was horror struck when she heard of this unfortunate event. I hope the Murderer will not escape. --\n\n \n\nI have no news Count Mensdorf [possibly Count Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly (1777-1852) and feel quite uneasy about him. My eyes are again so bad that I cannot say more, but I hope soon to hear how you are. Believe me always affectionately yours\n\n \n\nVictoria\n\n \n\nWhen you find an opportunity, pray express my heartfelt sympathy to poor Mrs. Mahon."\n\nThe murdered man, Major Mahon, had inherited a 10,000 acre estate near Strokestown in northern Ireland on the eve of the Potato Famine. By the spring of 1847, Mahon had opted to liquidate his estate; he paid for the transport of approximately 1,000 of his tenants to Quebec via unsanitary "coffin ships." When it was discovered that around 25-33% of these passengers died en route, and that the tenants who had stayed behind faced imminent eviction, Mahon's unpopularity increased. He was shot and killed in his carriage as he returned from a meeting after nightfall. Two local men, James Commins and Patrick Hasty, were eventually tried and executed for Mahon's murder.\n\nThe letter is fascinating because it juxtaposes Victoria's deep sympathy for the murdered man with her utter lack of sympathy for Potato Famine victims. Victoria does not make the connection between Mahon's murder and the context of the Potato Famine. Instead, Mahon's murder is placed in isolation. It was not motivated by the desperation of those suffering in impossible economic conditions, but ostensibly by the evil inherent in Irish nature. Of further interest is Victoria's rather ingenuous comment, "I hope the Murderer will not escape." A somewhat passive attitude for a monarch to adopt!\n\nJane Loftus, Marchioness of Ely was related to Waterloo hero the Duke of Wellington. She befriended many royals including Empress Eugenie of France, Victoria I, and Queen Sophie of the Netherlands. The Marchioness was appointed a lady of the Queen's bedchamber in 1851. She served as Victoria's confidante and private secretary until her death in 1890.\n\nVictoria's letter also mentions the Phipps family. One of Victoria's other female confidantes was Harriet Lepel Phipps (1841-1922). Harriet was only 6 at the time this letter was written, but she would attend the Queen after the 1860s. Harriet's father Colonel Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-1866) was married to Margaret Anne Bathurst, who had been the niece of the murdered Major Denis Mahon.\n\nWE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! University Archives
James Garfield
Garfield James \n\nJames Garfield, Eulogy by His Former Secretary of State James G. Blaine, Presented to Widow Lucretia Garfield\n\n1st edition authorized version of James G. Blaine's Eulogy on James Abram Garfield, Delivered before the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, February 27, 1882 (Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., 1882), later presented to the widowed First Lady. Inscribed on the front fly leaf as "Lucretia A. Garfield from The Publishers, 1882." \n\nBrown morocco leather boards and spine, the latter gilt embossed "Blaine's Eulogy on Garfield." Red marbled endpapers and gilt-edged pages. With a handsome frontispiece of Garfield located to the left of the title page, with original and intact tissue guard. Overall light toning and some isolated foxing to the first few pages. Expected light scuffs and edge wear to the spine and corners. Some wear to front cover hinge and inner binding, else near fine. Measures 12mo, or 4.75" x 7" x .625".\n\nThe 60pp book reproduces the speech Blaine delivered before Congress six months after Garfield's death. James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a seasoned politician from Maine who had competed against Garfield for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1880. But he had become Garfield's friend and loyal colleague when he served as his Secretary of State. Blaine was with Garfield when he was shot at the Washington, D.C. train station.\n\nBlaine, whose spare but stirring oratorical style was compared at the time to Daniel Webster's, characterized Garfield as a bright, honest, hardworking person whose good will extended to everyone. The speech ended by emphasizing Garfield's final display of courage. For, after the shooting, Garfield lingered for two and a half months before expiring of wide-spread septic blood poisoning. In the most memorable part of the eulogy, Blaine stated: "Great in life, he was surpassingly great in death?he was thrust?into the visible presence of death -- and he did not quail. Not alone for one short moment, in which, stunned and dazed, he could give up life, hardly aware of its relinquishment, but through days of deadly languor, through weeks of agony?with clear sight and calm courage, he looked into his open grave." (57)\n\nJames Garfield (1831-1881), a college-educated lawyer, served as an Ohio delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1863 and 1880. The Civil War veteran did not wish to run as a Republican candidate for President in 1880, but he won anyway. On July 2, 1881, President Garfield was shot in a Washington train station lounge by disgruntled office seeker Charles J. Guiteau (1841-1882). The second bullet lodged near Garfield?s pancreas but was irretrievable despite Alexander Graham Bell?s attempts to locate the bullet using the newly developing science of metal detection. After weeks of excruciating convalescence in the White House and along the New Jersey shore--where he was probed by many doctors unfamiliar with basic germ theory--Garfield died at age forty-nine.\n\nLucretia Garfield, or ?Crete? as she was lovingly called by her husband of twenty-three years, impressed many by her strength and stoicism in the months and years following her husband?s death. Lucretia became involved in preserving records related to her husband?s presidency in the thirty-six years before her death in the spring of 1918.\n\nWE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! University Archives
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