MORGAN ,JOHN PIERPONT
Letter Signed to Gov. Levi P. Morton of New York. New York, March 12, 1895
In this letter on J. P. Morgan & Co. letterhead, Morgan writes to his friend financier Levi P. Morton, the governor of New York and one of Morgan’s principal banking rivals.
Autograph letter signed to Henry W. Dommett. Concord, February 4, 1864
Hawthorne writes, “I have copied the passage from the Threefold Destiny according to your request, and shall forward the package By express, tomorrow (Friday) morning.” Hawthorne adds in an initialed postscript that he was unsure whether to send the letter to Dommett in Boston or in New York and chose Boston. Dommett was the longtime art critic for the New York Mail and author of A History of the Bank of New York, 1784–1884 (1884).
Hawthorne’s story “The Threefold Destiny” was published in his first collection of stories, Twice-Told Tales (1837). Dommett evidently admired the story and asked Hawthorne to copy out a favorite passage for him.
“This idea of the homeward-coming of a world-wanderer was used by Hawthorne in another of his significant stories, ‘The Threefold Destiny,’ in ‘Twice-told Tales.’ This ‘Threefold Destiny’ is really the counterpart of ‘Ethan Brand,’ though we have no indication that the author designed the two to bear a complementary relation” (Richardson, American Literature, 1607-1885).
(ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD
FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later
Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.
Outstanding autograph letter to Francis Horner. Q[ueen’s] Sq[uare] Pl[ace], 24 May 1808
In this remarkable letter Jeremy Bentham presents the case for a significant reform in English legal procedure. He begins by thanking Horner, a leading MP, for sending the report of the Committee for Searching the Lord’s Journals concerning the “causes that retard the decision of suits in the High Court of Chancery.“
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black: “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.
BEGIN, MENACHEM and JIMMY CARTER
Photograph signed by Carter and Begin. Robert A. Cumins, 1979
Signed by Carter and Begin. Menachem Begin was awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Anwar Sadat, “for their work in laying a foundation for future peace” in the Middle East. The framework, reached at Camp David, was facilitated by Jimmy Carter. The Nobel award called Carter “the masterbuilder responsible for the bridge that had to be built between Egypt and Israel.”
Portrait of Whitman, signed and inscribed by Whitman. Engraved by Hollyer or McRae in 1855,
The greatest of all Whitman portraits, this celebrated portrait is signed by the author “Y[ou]rs. W. Whitman” and further inscribed by the poet on the verso “W.W. from a daguereotype [sic] from life taken in 1855.”
“In this rough-hewn likeness, Whitman projected himself as a new kind of writer in a calculated act of romantic self-assertion. Whitman later wrote of it: ‘I look so damned flamboyant, as if I was hurling bolts at somebody—full of mad oaths—saying defiantly, to hell with you!’” (National Portrait Gallery).