William H. Seward - Autograph Letter Signed Civil War - Signed 6/5/1861 + Coa For Sale
Union Secretary of StateWar Date Document SignedVery Important and extremely rare 1861 Blockade related CircularIncludes Certificate of AuthenticityBONUS: 8x10 b/w photo"I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can." William H. Seward
Lawyer and Whig politician. Governor of New York 1839-42. He later
served in the Senate, vigorously opposed slavery and joined the
Republican party in 1856. Twice passed over for president (1856 and
1860) he became Abraham Lincoln's very able Secretary of State. He was
savagely attacked in his bed on the night of the Lincoln assassination
by fellow conspirator Lewis Payne. He recovered from his wounds and
served in the same post under President Andrew Johnson. Perhaps his most
important act was the purchase of Alaksa, then called "Seward's Folly,"
in 1867 from Russia.War Date Document Signed: 2 pages, 7 3/4 x 10, imprinted circular, signed in ink.CIRCULARDepartment of State Washington, June 5, 1861To the Counsul of the United States, at Merida & LisalSir:It
has been suggested to the Department that vessels belonging to loyal
citizens of the United States may be subjected to embarrassment in
foreign ports, in consequence of arriving with clearance from New
Orleans, and other ports in the Southern States, after the Collectors of
Customs at such ports had ceased to exercise their official functions
under the authority of the United States. The owners of such
vessels are apprehensive that the production of clearances issued by
individuals acting under the pretended authority of the insurgents, may
lead to the detention of their vessels or to other molestation in
consequence of the informality of the ships papers.If you should
be satisfied, on the examination of any suchpapers, and the affidavit
of the master, that he and the owners of the vessel have acted in good
faith, and that their failure to comply with the law was occasioned by
no fault or neglect on their part, you will not, for such failure,
subject the vessel, or master, to any detention or expense, either by
withholding the marine papers, or otherwise obstructing the lawful
commerce of the United States.It is to be understood, however,
that the benefit of this instruction is to be limited to such vessels as
may have cleared from ports under control of the insurgents prior to
the blockade, or within the time allowed by the officers commanding the
blockading force for vessels to leave such blockaded ports.I am, Sir, Your obedient servant,William H. SewardLight age toning, and 3 very tiny pin holes. Very fine.This is a very important early war document signed by William H. Seward, U.S. Secretary of State. Extremely rare!These are shipped PRIORITY MAIL - FLAT! Artifacts are not pulled from inventory until payment is made. This is to minimize handling of the document/artifact. At this time, inventory will be verified and if necessary a certificate of authenticity will be drafted (Our Guarantee the artifact is genuine). Please note the thee business day processing time. response will be left once you have left response. I strive for 100% customer satisfaction.
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William H. Seward - Autograph Letter Signed Civil War - Signed 6/5/1861 + Coa: $975