"Report, or Manifesto of the Causes and Reasons of War with Great Britain, Presented to the House of Representatives by the Committee of Foreign Relations. June 3, 1812. Read and Ordered to Lie on the Table. Washington; A. & G. Way, Printers, 1812." - SOLD
Though attributed to the Committee of Foreign Relations, the author of this manifesto is usually considered to be "the Young Hercules" John C. Calhoun the Representative from South Carolina. Calhoun strongly argued for going to war against England. The report emphasizes actions by England that, in the opinion of the "War Hawks", provoked and forced the United States to "...battle in a righteous cause..." 17 pages, some light foxing, disbound with some loose pages, but complete.
This heroic painting depicts Major General Zachary Taylor (on white horse) at the Battle of Buena Vista (22 - 23 February 1847). The background depicts troops advancing under cover of artillery while the foreground depicts Taylor and another mounted officer directing the battle. More artillery sets up on their flank. An officer shown with these artillerymen bears a strong resemblance to period depictions of Captain Braxton Bragg. It was the timely arrival of Bragg's "Flying Artillery" that saved the day for the Americans.
The artist used a considerable amount of glazing to render the background, as well as the faces and uniforms. This contributes to the remarkable depth and clarity of the painting. The color is superb, from the soft pinks and blues of the sky and the subtle browns and green of the undulating hills to the roiling smoke of the cannon and the nuanced shading of the wind-whipped flags. It is clear that the artist did not allow enough drying time between glazes; as a result there is a degree of craquelure across the surface of the painting. In spite of this, the painting is so well rendered and pleasing to look at that the craquelure blends into the background.
The painting, which measures 26" by 36", retains its original stretcher; the picture has been lightly cleaned; there is no other restoration; one tiny puncture at upper left that we will have expertly restored. The gold leaf frame is period and appropriate; however, we are not certain if it is original to the painting.
Tuesday, September 13, 1814 - SOLD
Copy of the Concord [NH] Gazette with a front-page report of the "Destruction of the American Capital from the Federal Republican." The report is unsparing in describing the poor performance of some American troops. Also contains reports on the Battle of Bladensburg, "Niagara-Ontario Frontier", Napoleon's valet writing from Elba as well as Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Harvard commencements. 4 pages, folded with some tears along folds, some staining and foxing.
"Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting Copies of a Correspondence of the Minister Plenipotentiary of G. Britain with the Secretary of State. June 5th, 1812. Printed by Order of the Senate United States. Washington City: Printed by R. C. Weightman. 1812. - SOLD
24 pages. Correspondence from Augustus J. Foster, Minister Plenipotentiary to the U. S. from Great Britain to James Monroe, Secretary of State regarding economic blockades erected by France and England. A portion of Monroe's response appears on page 24. Some soiling on cover page, bound with string.
"Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting Sundry Documents Relating to a Declaration and Order in Council of the British Government, of the Twenty-first of April, 1812. July 13th, 1813, Printed by Order of the House of Representatives, Washington City; Printed by Roger C. Weightman. 1813."SOLD
Copies of correspondence between Jonathan Russell, U. S. charge d'affaires in London and Viscount Castlereagh, British Foreign Minister. 35 pages, unbound, pinholes for string binding, deckled edges, light soiling and foxing.
XJT-70 - SOLD
Major General Henry Dearborn for Governor of Massachusetts
Circa 1817 - SOLD
Henry Dearborn (1751 - 1825) participated in the Battles of Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Monmouth, the Quebec Expedition and the Siege of Yorktown. He was Secretary of War for Jefferson, the senior Major General in the War of 1812, Collector for the Port of Boston, member of the U. S. House of Representatives, and Minister to Portugal. The undated pamphlet is titled "Massachusetts Election! First Monday in April Next. American Nomination. Major-General Henry Dearborn, for Governor..." Approximately 9-inches by 6-inches, deckled edges, pages uncut at top, bound with string. Heavily toned, with some foxing, "Politics" written in ink on top of last page.