Rare document signed AS PRESIDENT
Rare partly-printed Document signed "J. Tyler". 1p., 11.5x8.0 inch, on vellum, Washington, D.C., 1843 January 20. Appointing Nathaniel T. West to the rank of Midshipman in the U.S. Navy. Tyler signs boldly at the conclusion in black ink, with Secretary of the Navy ABEL P. UPSHUR (1790-1844) countersigning. Shows vertical folds, lacks a seal, with minor soiling overall, else very good. Upshur, then Secretary of State, would be killed in the USS PRINCETON disaster when one of the ship's experimental guns exploded during a test firing. The accident also killed his successor as Secretary of the Navy, Thomas W. Gilmer, and four others, including President Tyler's valet. Tyler himself was aboard the ship at the time, but was uninjured. Fine and uncommon document signed as President.
Free frank signed
Free frank address panel signed “JTyler”. 1p., 9.75 x 7.5 inch, Postmark Richmond, Jul(y) 31, (1853). Signed in the upper right corner and addressed in Tyler’s hand to Rev. Denison in Williamsburg, Virginia. Remains of the red seal visible. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 650 / € 500