ADAMS (JOHN) Letters Patent signed as President ("John Adams") and issued under the Great Seal of the United States of America, counter-signed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, Philadelphia, 10 July 1797

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ADAMS (JOHN)
Letters Patent signed as President ("John Adams") and issued under the Great Seal of the United States of America, counter-signed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, Philadelphia, 10 July 1797

Sold for £ 4,375 (US$ 5,453) inc. premium
ADAMS (JOHN)
Letters Patent signed as President ("John Adams") and issued under the Great Seal of the United States of America, counter-signed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, appointing Thomas Bulkely [or Bulkeley] of Lisbon the United States Consul for the port of Lisbon in the Kingdom of Portugal ("...He demanding and receiving no fees or perquisites of Office whatever which shall not be expressly established by some law of the said United States: And I do hereby enjoin all Captains, Masters and Commanders of Ships and other vessels, armed or unarmed, sailing under the flag of the said States as well as all other of their Citizens, to acknowledge and consider him the said Thomas Bulkely accordingly..."); papered Great Seal, on one skin of vellum, in fine fresh condition, 330 x 375mm., Philadelphia, 10 July 1797

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  • This most attractive document is sold with a probate copy, on vellum, of Bulkeley's will of 1818, and a retained copy of a letter written on his behalf to Viscount Bulkeley in 1804, claiming kinship while informing him that "Mr Bulkeleys Motive for this enquiry does not arise from any interested motive as he possesses a very large independent fortune".
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