Letter signed AS PRESIDENT
Letter signed as President “Millard Fillmore”. 1p., bifolium, 7.75 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1851 January 27. To General Charles Gratiot. In full: "Your letter of the 20th inst., in relation to the loss of a voucher, and expressing a hope that its non production may not operate to your injury, was received on the 25th. The loss cannot prejudice you, if you are able to prove its contents by copy or otherwise." Mailing folds, else good condition. Charles Gratiot (1786-1855), who had been William Henry Harrison's Chief Engineers in the War of 1812, had distinguished himself by planning and building Fort Meigs in 1813. In 1828, he was named Chief of Engineers, a position held for ten years. During that time, he engaged in a lengthy dispute with War Department officials over benefits before being dismissed for embezzlement by President Martin Van Buren. Gratiot's complaints against the federal government evolved into lengthy litigation, which was appealed twice to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Hand addressed signed envelope “free frank” AS PRESIDENT
Free frank signed “M. Fillmore”. 1p., address panel, 5.0 x 3.0 inch, Washington, (1850-1853), no post stamp, probably hand delivered. Addressed by a secretary to “Asbury Dickins Esq. Secry of the Senate”. Another free frank envelope with the same blue paper and with the same secretary handwriting was sold some years ago. It had a red wax seal of the President on verso, therefore I’m sure that the envelope was signed as President. Handsomely matted in gray with a photo of Fillmore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition. Asbury Dickins (1780–1861) was a United States government official who served as Secretary of the United States Senate from 1836 until shortly before his death in 1861.
Price: $ 690 / € 580