AMHERST, N.H. – Through war and peace alike, America’s first century of independence produced some remarkable figures, as is clear from the offerings in R&R Enterprises’ January auction. Among the nearly 1,500 items to be auctioned are several notable offerings representing every facet of the American experience in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from politics to the arts and sciences, from enterprising immigrants who weaved
themselves into the tapestry of American life to the Native Americans who were increasingly marginalized throughout the 19th century and beyond.
America’s founding fathers are well represented, led by a handwritten petition from George Washington seeking land for veterans of the French and Indian War (including himself) and a document signed by him as president of the Potomack Co.
Washington seeks land for veterans of the French and Indian War in this handwritten petition, including some 11,000 acres for himself.
In a rare 1803 letter to his daughter Maria, Thomas Jefferson discusses his view of Christianity, an aspect of his thinking which has fascinated scholars and historians ever since. In a move anticipating Donald Trump by two centuries, Alexander Hamilton examines in detail the legal aspects of an historic real estate deal involving Paulus Hook, the historic community in present-day Jersey City, N.J.
In an 1803 letter to his daughter Maria, Jefferson discusses his decision to “[place] my religious creed on paper.”
Also to be offered are a varied selection of items related to the Indian Wars, including the crushing defeat of George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
In a letter written seven years to the day before the infamous debacle, Gen. Philip Sheridan, Custer’s Civil War commander, writes to Custer with hopes to see him again at a soldiers’ reunion, “if things look peaceful.” Custer himself is represented in an 1866 letter rescheduling an appointment with the man who later became the official historian of the Battle of Gettysburg, while two figures from the “other” side of the conflict – Sitting Bull and his nephew, One Bull – are represented by superb and very rare ink signatures obtained during an 1884 visit to St. Paul, Minn.
A choice group of items related to the Indian Wars is highlighted by the very rare ink signatures of Sitting Bull and his nephew, One Bull.
R&R Enterprises’ auction ends on Jan. 16. Bids are accepted online or via telephone, fax, or e-mail.
For information, go online to www.rrauction.com.