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Lot # 1602 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1792 George Washington (as President) and Thomas Jefferson Signed Appointment

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $20,145.00

One-page handwritten appointment, dated March 7, 1792, signed by George Washington (1732-1799), 1st President of the United States and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States. The document records the appoint of Hans Rodolph Saabye as the official Consul to Denmark, whereby Washington does

" . . . authorize and empower him to have and to hold the said office, and to exercise and enjoy all the Rights, pre eminences, privileges and Authorities to the same of Right appertaining, during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being: . . . And I do hereby pray and request his Danish Majesty and his Governors and Officers to permit the said Hans Rodolph Saabye fully and peaceably to enjoy and exercise the said office, without giving or suffering to be given unto him any molestation or trouble, but on the contrary to afford him all proper countenance and assistance; I offering to do the same for all those who shall in like manner be recommended to me by his said Danish Majesty . . . "

Washington has signed the document in black ink in his capacity as President of the United State. The document has also been signed by Thomas Jefferson in black ink as Secretary of State, directly below Washington’s signature. Washington's signature, signed "G. Washington" (grading "8"), is the larger of the two, measuring four inches in length. Jefferson’s signature, signed “Th. Jefferson,” grades “6” and measures 2.5 inches in length. The original official paper seal (faded) of the United States remains affixed along the bottom left portion of the document.

Washington became first President of the United States in 1789 and held that position for eight years, choosing not to run for a third term in 1897. Jefferson served as the country’s first Secretary of State under Washington from 1790 until 1793, when he resigned his position after repeated disputes with Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson later became the third President of the United States in 1801. Official government documents signed by both Washington and Jefferson have always been highly coveted by collectors and the offered piece is an exceptional example. The document (11" x 13-1/2") exhibits normal horizontal and vertical fold lines as well as some minor toning and light foxing to the center portion of the piece. The document remain in Excellent condition overall, with neither signature affected by any of the minor condition anomalies. This is one of the finest documents we have ever offered featuring two of the most significant signatures in American history. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $20,145.00

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