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The Revolutionary War & Founding Collection

HIGHLY IMPORTANT ORIGINAL LETTERS, DOCUMENTS & IMPRINTS

Original Historic Documents Starring Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
John Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Hancock & a Chorus of Revolutionary Characters

The Revolutionary War & Founding Collection consists of more than 1,000 original historic letters, documents, imprints and artifacts, offered together for $2.6 million. We are also offering individually-priced items—including important documents by Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Hancock and more.

Boasting many objects that had disappeared from the market for many decades, and more that have never been sold before, this collection is unique and complete in itself. 

 

Below are a few of the highlights. 

One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza

“You are certainly a little sorceress and have bewitched me, for you have made me disrelish everything that used to please me, and have rendered me as restless and unsatisfied with all about me, as if I was the inhabitant of another world.... I would go on, but the General summons me to ride.... Adieu... Love me, I conjure you...”

Washington dreams of leaving the army

“I was in pain...resolving (like a man in the last agony) not to follow the trade & occupation of a G---any more... Do not my dear Doctor tease your Mistress in this manner, much less your wife when you get one.”

Uncharacteristically personal letter to Dr. James McHenry.

 

Alexander Hamilton Jr.’s annotated copy of The Federalist Papers
“it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide... whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice.”
Hamilton Jr. adds many notes and comments, e.g. “True as the gospel.”

Washington’s letter transmitting the Act establishing Treasury Department
On September 11, 1789, the day Washington signed this letter, he nominated and the Senate confirmed Hamilton as secretary.

 

Hamilton’s Assumption Plan, Report on Public Credit, Charters for the Bank of the U.S., Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, the U.S. Mint and more.

Scarce original printings.

Jefferson-signed Act of Congress Funding the Federal Government for 1791

Implementing Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures Tariff Proposals

Jefferson-signed Act of Congress.

40+ original Acts of Congress signed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson or Edmund Randolph, including laws on finance and budget, Whiskey Rebellion, militia, naturalization, embargo, etc.

Hamilton remitting a Whiskey Tax fine

Document signed two days before resigning as Secretary of the Treasury.

 

Hamilton’s letter seeking payment for defense of his Carriage Tax—the first Supreme Court judicial review case

Washington’s Farewell Address

“Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error...”
Quoted on a silk tribute.

Hamilton’s draft letter rallying against Jefferson at all costs
“We have every thing to fear if this man comes in... All personal and partial considerations must be discarded, and every thing must give way to the great object of excluding Jefferson.”

Four years later, considering Burr a greater danger, Hamilton changed his tune.

The Reynolds Pamphlet—rare first edition that escaped Eliza’s fire
“The charge against me is a connection with one James Reynolds for purposes of improper pecuniary speculation. My real crime is an amorous connection with his wife...”

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