[AUTOGRAPHS - WASHINGTON, GEORGE AND OTHERS] Album of late 18th and 19th century letters, notes, and signatures mostly sent to...
Late 19th or early 20th century album of three-quarters black morocco comprising approximately 75 pages with tipped-in or laid-in letters, notes, and collected clipped signatures, wax seals, etc., often several to a page and with penciled descriptions. Most letters to the Reverend Professor John McVickar of New York, his son, or related family members. The album worn, The Coleridge letter with loss, the Washington signature and seal extracted and laid-in, other wear and residue to letters from handling and mounting, should be seen.
John McVickar (1787-1868) was an Episcopalian reverend from New York and in 1817 was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy and Political Economy at Columbia, the first position of its kind in the United States. As such, McVickar corresponded with a diverse array of the most prominent political and academic minds of his day, many of which are preserved here. The present collection contains not only examples of important and rare signatures such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton but also many full length letters from the likes of the Marquis de Lafayette, Samuel Coleridge, Daniel Webster, John Jay and others.
Of American interest: George Washington (clipped signature and old example of wax seal); Marquis de Lafayette (autograph letter signed, Paris, 1825, 20-line one page letter; Alexander Hamilton (clipped signature); Tadeusz Kosciuszko (clipped signature); John Jay (autograph note signed, 1822, James Monroe (clipped signature); John Quincy Adams (signature clipped from document); Martin Van Buren (autograph note signed); Washington Irving (clipped signature); Daniel Webster (autograph letter signed, 1830, 3 pages, accompanied by two signed covers); George Bancroft (inscribed leaf extracted); Hamilton Fish (autograph note signed); Winfield Scott (autograph letter signed, 2 pages); DeWitt Clinton (autograph note signed, 1828); W.H. Seward (autograph note signed 1835); Major Robert Anderson, Commander at Fort Sumter (autograph letter signed, 22 July 1861 "the firing upon my little band at Fort Sumter opened a war."); Edward Everett (autograph letter signed, 1822, 3 pages); Lewis Cass (autograph letter signed from Paris, 1838); David Hosack, Physician (autograph letter signed to Samuel Bard, 4 pages); Rufus Kind (autograph note signed); Albert Gallatin (note signed with larger text in his hand); Jared Sparks (autograph note signed); John Bard and Samuel Bard (several letters); Edwin Booth (autograph note signed); Elihu Root (typed letter signed); W.K. Vanderbilt (autograph letter signed); J.P. Morgan (autograph note signed Pierpont).
Of English and European interest: Samuel Coleridge (autograph letter signed to Dorothy Wordsworth, 2 pages); Lucian Bonaparte (five-line note signed, 1814); Talleyrand-Perigord (clipped signature and seal); Philip Stanhope; Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield; William Wilberforce; Samuel Rogers (clipped signature with text in his hand); Joseph Hume (autograph note signed); John Curtis (note signed, 1838); etc.
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