AMERICAN PRESIDENTS – MONROE and QUINCY ADAMS. Letters patent signed by James Monroe, as President, and counter-signed by John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State, 1818
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AMERICAN PRESIDENTS – MONROE and QUINCY ADAMS. Letters patent signed by James Monroe, as President, and counter-signed by John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State, 1818
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
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JAMES MONROE/JOHN QUINCY ADAMS document, and 4 others sgd by Victoria, Geo. III etc.
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AMERICAN PRESIDENTS – MONROE and QUINCY ADAMS
Letters patent signed by James Monroe, as President, and counter-signed by John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State, issued under the Seal of the United States of America, recognizing Donald Mackintosh as British Consul for the State of New Hampshire and District of Maine and declaring him "free to exercise and enjoy such functions, powers and privileges as are allowed to the Consuls of all friendly powers, between whom and the United States, there is no particular agreement for the regulation of the Consular functions", with engrossed heading ("James Monroe, President of the United States") and papered seal of the US, on paper, one page, folio plus integral blank, slight creasing at the left-hand edge, three small tears at fold and margins, Washington, 28 October 1818

Footnotes

  • The London Convention of 1818 (Respecting Fisheries, Boundary and the Restoration of Slaves) had been signed on 20 October, and among other things settled the boundary between Canada and the United States, thus initiating the period of friendly relations between the US and Britain following the War of 1812. The chief function of the consul was to facilitate trade, New Hampshire and Maine being of particular importance, abutting as they do the Canadian border. By melancholy coincidence, this document was signed on the day Abigail Adams died.

    Included in the lot is a military commission signed by George III appointing Mackintosh captain (1798) and letters patent signed by Queen Victoria, counter-signed by Salisbury, appointing Charles Clive Bayley Consul to New York (1899). (For an amusing description of Bayley when Consul General at Moscow during the lead-up to the Revolution, see R.H. Bruce Lockhart, Memoirs of a British Agent, Chapter 4, 1937). Also included is a passport signed by Palmerston (1848), torn, and a retained copy of the commission to the Vice-Consul to the ports of Maine and Massachusetts (1818).
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