Washington's letter to Jefferson to auction at $25k

On January 14, Freeman's will conduct its Books, Manuscript, Maps, Prints & Posters Auction.

Among the exciting American manuscript materials to be offered in the sale is a signed Carte-de-Visite photograph of Abraham Lincoln, an uncommon standing portrait from a Brady Studio negative priced at $8,000-12,000.

Naturally, Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and autographs are among the most highly coveted, and the Carte-de-Visite photograph isn't the only exceptionally rare Lincoln manuscript currently available on the market.

Also of note is an autographed letter signed by George Washington as President to the Secretary of State, addressed to Thomas Jefferson, dated September 7, 1793. It carries an estimate of $15,000-25,000.

A letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson ($15k-25k)

An autographed manuscript signed by Walt Whitman will also appear, priced at $8,000-12,000.

This Walt Whitman manuscript discusses his own candid assessment of his physical and psychological condition in the midst of perhaps the darkest year of his life, in 1873.

During this time, he suffered partially paralysing strokes, the death of his mother and sister-in-law, as well as isolation from friends as a consequence of his necessary move to Camden, New Jersey during that year.

Walt Whitman chronicles his darkest days ($8k-12k)

Written on Department of Justice letterhead and titled in his hand, "Walt Whitman's case - paralysis," Whitman evidently composed this report in preparation for his petition for leave from his Department of Justice clerkship.

The sale also features an array of old movie posters and a variety of maps. 

A pre-sale exhibition for the sale begins tomorrow, at Freeman's headquarters in Philadelphia, US. The auction itself will take place on Thursday, January 14 at 10am.

In other George Washington news, a portrait of the first US President, entitled George Washington at Princeton, is set to auction at Christie's later this month for an incredible $5m.

Meanwhile, what is thought to be the second-oldest Washington signature in existence is now on the market and available to private collectors.


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