John Adams, Document, Signed

Adams Signs a Worldwide Passport for a Ship Sailing the High Seas

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A four-language ship’s paper with a large, bold presidential signature. The document is the world-wide passport for the ship “Nancy” with a burden of “202” tons, presently in New York bound for “Londonderry” (Ireland).  It’s laden with “Staves, Flax, Seeds, & Lumber.”

Interestingly, so as to conserve paper, with this being over the turn of the century, a clerk crossed out “seven” of “seventeen hundred” and wrote in “eight”; as well, the “ninety (blank)” and added “one.”

John Wilkes (1725-1798; ), NY, signs at the bottom as well; he is signing as notary public though he was also the United States Marshal for the District of New York.

Good blindstamped impression of U.S. seal on white paper at left.  Adams’s sig. is 3” long, bold, and dark; horiz. fold through ascenders does not detract.  Handsomely framed to 26 x 36 inches and matted with an image of Adams and a brass explanatory plaque.

Excellent; typical folds; 1.5 x 6 in. professionally restored, cut out where the Secretary of State (John Marshall) had signed; few fold breaks also professionally restored and barely visible.

ADAMS, JOHN. Partly Printed Document, signed “John Adams” as President.  Washington:  20 February 1801.  Folio, oblong; 1p., framed with image of Adams.