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Autograph Letter Signed, June 25th, 1840 Canton, Michigan to his sister, Maria, Dummerston, Vermont, on the Election of 1840
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Autograph Letter Signed, June 25th, 1840 Canton, Michigan to his sister, Maria, Dummerston, Vermont, on the Election of 1840

By Munn, John

Manuscript. Very Good. quarto, three page letter inscribed on a four page bi-folium, formerly folded, with splits along several folds, remains of sealing wax, Canton, Michigan postal stamp, else in good, clean legible condition. An interesting letter with exceptional content on the election of 1840 and on the origin and significance of Harrison's Log Cabin and Hard Cider emblem: "I am pleased to hear of the zeal among the Whigs of V.T. I have great hopes of a favorable result. Your objection to the use we are making of the Log Cabin & Hard Cider emblem surprises me. I glory in it & deem that we are making just use of what was intended to sneer & ridicule us & our candidate. And besides it is a beautiful emblem of the purity & simplicity that should again prevail at the seat of Govt. where corruption riots in the treasury that are created by the tenants of Log Cabins. You must recollect that we are indebted to the Van Buren press for the watchword of L. Cabin & Cider. They said after the nomination in allusion to Harrison's imbecility & vanity that give him a pension of $ 2000, plenty of cider & a Log Cabin to live in & he would be contented - & again that the old ladies of Washington were making up a present of old clothes for him and requested contributions of old cloths, shoes &c to send to the poor old General - such things were enough to arouse the feeling of every Whig & it has done so as well as many Democrats & when a whole nation are animated by the same feeling it must not be deemed "childish, absurd, ridiculous, silly or immoral." And again the Whigs never wished to discuss or bring before the people his military life. It was forded upon them by wholesale charges of cowardice against Harrison"


Autograph Letter Signed, June 4th 1840, Schoolcraft, Michigan to Samuel Cobb, Cobb Corners, N.H

By Cobb, Amos

Manuscript. Very Good. quarto, two pages, inscribed on a four page bi-folium, old folds and creases, remains of sealing wax, free frank and Schoolcraft, Michigan postal stamp, in good legible condition. Cobb writes to relatives back home with news from the West, family news, hard times and also touching upon political matters: "the times are said to be very hard produce very low money scarce so much for Vanburenism and Slavery, and the Whigs are wide a wake for Harrison and Slavery and I am like old Billy Wood of two evils I choose neither. The Locofoco Dems & Whigs have almost ruined our country it is time to look out for honest men I am traveling a circuit this season there is a little moral virtue left in our country and much kneed [sic] of a general reform Death is at hand and we must get ready for it"


Autograph Letter Signed Portsmouth, July 10, 1789 to John Langdon, New York City
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Autograph Letter Signed Portsmouth, July 10, 1789 to John Langdon, New York City

By Whipple, Joseph

folio, two pages of a four page bi-folium, some splits along folds, remains of sealing wax on integral address leaf, docketed "Jo Whipples Letter." In very good, clean and legible condition. Joseph Whipple, collector of customs at Portsmouth, (brother of General William Whipple 1730 - 1785 revolutionary War General and Signer from New Hampshire) writes to John Langdon (1741 - 1819) Senator and first President pro-tem of the Senate, thanking Langdon for his help and influence in obtaining a post in the new government and comments upon the recent establishment of the Federal court and judicial system. Langdon, a Portsmouth native, was the right person to ask as he was also a friend of the President, George Washington. "Dear Sir I have the Honour this moment to receive your favour of the 5th & am much obliged by your kind assurances of attention to my business and also for having seasonably lodged my name with the President - I should have wrote now to him agreeably to your intimation but am discouraged from the consideration of his having no personal knowledge of me and that it might on that account appear and interested application which might operate to my disadvantage - and I conceive also that your influence with the President on which I have rested my expectation is such as I need wish no other. - But if you conceive that it would be of use to hand my name with your recommendation to Mr. Vice President, to Mr. Morris, Mr. R H Lee, Mr. Dalton, your Colleagues or others as you may think proper, I should consider myself further & greatly obliged - but I think your interest requires no aid - as it will of course be represented by you that I am in the office of Colltr. - To some of the names that I have mentioned I am known - others of them were formerly either officially connected or intimately acquainted with my Brother on which account I should have applyd to them for their influence - I imagine also that all appointments will be completed tin a few days if not by this. - You will hear that the Judiciary bill is not relishd this way, I have not seen it, but think that the plan of one Judge to the District Court would be an objectionable one to most people in the Northern states - and the joining the Prov of Maine to N. H. districts no less so to N. H. - However the Acts may be finishd I hope & trust they will terminate in a system that will insure Peace and a happy Government.." John Langdon (brother of Woodbury Langdon) was a merchant, Delegate and Senator from New Hampshire. He was active and prominent supporter of the revolutionary movement, member of the Continental Congress 1775-76, participated in the Battle of Bennington and commanded a company at Saratoga and in Rhode Island. Member of the State senate 1784, President of New Hampshire, 1785, 1788; again a member of the Continental Congress 1787, delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787; member of the state ratifying convention elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789 until March 3, 1801. He was elected the first President pro tempore of the Senate on April 6, 1789, in order that the Senate might organize to count the electoral vote for President and Vice President of the United States. American National Biography, vol. 13, pp.138-139 Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 5, pt. 2, pp., 587-588


Autograph Document Signed, April 1st, 1803 to Samuel Hood, Esq., Commodore and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels at Barbados and the Leeward Islands

By Nepean, Evan (1751-1822)

folio, two pages of a four page bi-folium, old folds, in very good, clean, legible condition. Retained copy of orders marked "Most Secret" sent by Nepean, Secretary to the Board of Admiralty, to Samuel Hood, Commander of forces on Barbados, which read as follows: By the Commissioners for executing the Office Of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Ireland &c. " In pursuance of the King's pleasure signified to us by the Rt. Honble Lord Hobart, one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State; You are hereby required and directed to make such a disposition of the Force under your command as you may judge most adviseable with a view to the obstructing the arrival of any reinforcement of Troops at the French Islands within the limits of your Station, and in the want of any attempt for that purpose you are to intimate to the officers in Command of such reinforcement that although he cannot be permitted to Land his Troops in any of the said Islands, he is at liberty to proceed to any other station that he may judge most convenient. If notwithstanding such communication, the officer in command of the French Armament should manifest an intention of proceeding to any of the said Islands, he must be informed that Force will be resorted to, to prevent his carrying such an intention into effect, and if he should persist in his design you are in such case to take such measures as may be most effectual for detaining and bringing the said armament into some part of the British Islands, there to remain until you shall receive Instructions for your farther proceedings... By Command of their Lordships, Evan Nepean"