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1802 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Land Grant
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,600
One-page document, dated August 24, 1802, signed by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States, and, James Madison (1751-1836), fourth President of the United States. The official government document grants William Ward a parcel of land in Chilicothe, Ohio, pursuant to "An Act to amend the Act, entituled [sic] An Act providing for the sale of the Lands of the United States in the Territory North West of the Ohio, and above the mouth of the Kentucky River." It has been signed along the base in black fountain pen by Thomas Jefferson, as President, and James Madison, as Secretary of State. The Jefferson signature has been boldly scripted and grades "9." The Madison signature grades "7/8." Jefferson was in the second year of his first term at the time this document was signed. Madison served as Secretary of State for Jefferson for eight years before succeeding him as President in 1809. The document (12 x 12 inches), which is entirely handwritten on parchment or vellum, features the official government seal (faded) firmly attached along the left border. The text is all clearly legible and grades "7/8." In Very Good condition overall, with one vertical and two horizontal folds, light-to-moderate toning, a few small tears along the fold lines, and a tiny chip along the right border. Mounted (by means of plastic corner hinges) and beautifully framed together with small portrait illustrations of Jefferson and Madison. Total dimensions: 33.5 x 23.5 inches. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $6,600
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