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Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States, 1801-1809, and James Madison (1751-1836), 4th President of the United States, 1809-1817. Ornate, partially printed document dually signed, Th: Jefferson and James Madison, one page, 12” x 18”, on vellum, with scalloped top edge, May 21, 1803.

This is a pass for the sailing ship John Jones of New York.  Jefferson has signed with a 2” signature, and  Madison has signed with a 2½” signature.

The paper and wax seal is intact.  The document has normal storage folds that do not affect the Jefferson signature, but one goes through the “M” in “Madison.”  The top horizontal fold, which runs through the vignette, has eight small holes, one of which is a bit larger than the others, but they are in dark portions of the document and not particularly noticeable.  There are two small holes in the bottom fold, affecting a bit of the text, but well removed from the signatures, and minor paper loss in two places at the top edge.  The piece is in fine condition overall.

The document has been triple matted in marine blue suede, with an inlaid gilt fillet, and framed in gilt with engravings of Jefferson and  Madison and an engraved brass identification plate.  The document is floated above the back mat, giving the piece  a stunning three-dimensional appearance.

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