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The Brandon Collection of Confederate States, Part 2

Shadows of the War: R.E. Lee and T.J. Jackson Letters
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1   ImageBritish Abolition of Slave Trade. Printed circular with portions written in pen, titled "Circular Slave Trade No. 1, Foreign Office April 30, 1843", states "Sir, I herewith transmit to you for your information a copy of a treaty concluded at Santiago on the 19th of January 1839, and of an additional and explanatory Convention concluded at Santiago on the 7th of August 1841, between Her Majesty and the Republick of Chile, for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.", signed "Andrew", docketed on back, Very Fine, a wonderful historical document tracing one of the steps in the long evolution of the abolishment of the slave trade (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
2   ImageSlave Auction, May 31, 1860. One-page document titled "NOTICE. Having qualified as advisors on the Estate of William Brady, deceased, on the 31st day of May A.D. 1860, at the dwelling of said deceased we will expose to public vendue, on a credit, the personal property of said deceased, consisting of the following property to wit: two mares & colts, 8 valuable Negroes, blacksmith tools -- household and kitchen furniture, and other articles unnecessary to mention...", signed James and Lewis Brady, folds, toning spots and a few sealed tears, otherwise Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
3   "Shadows of the War" Collection. Small collection of items related to key figures in the impending Civil War, including copy of the slavery attacking "Compendium of the Impending Crisis of the South" by Hinton Rowan Helper (some staining spots), signed 1825 payment request from John J. Crittenden, who in 1860 attempted one final legislative compromise to prevent secession, signatures of Senator Charles Sumner and abolitionist Wendell Phillips, finally free frank of David Wilmot, author of the 1846 Wilmot Proviso (cover with sealed tear), Fine and fascinating group

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
4 c ImageHector Davis, Auctioneer for the Sale of Negroes, Franklin St., Richmond Va. Blind embossed seal on flap of orange cover to Graham N.C., 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 21, 1860" circular datestamp, with blue folded enclosure dated April 5, 1860, a receipt for the sale of slaves, including "Girl Elizabeth $1100", signed by Hector Davis, cover with bottom flap tear, still Very Fine, despite the legality and normalcy of the slave auction business in the South, overt advertisements on covers are very rare, only one illustrated example is known which is ex Risvold and realized $28,000 in the 2010 Shreves-Spink sale, Hector Davis routinely advertised in Richmond newspapers and city directories and reportedly annually purchased and sold between 8,000-10,000 men, women and children, totaling $2.67 million in 1859 -- making it the largest commercial business in the state (see http://www.virginiamemory.com/online_classroom/union_or_secession/doc/davis_advertisement) (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
5 c ImageHon. John Brown (as Prisoner) Charlestown Va. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire, Nov. 24 town cancel, addressed to "Hon." John Brown at Harpers Ferry, forwarded to Charlestown Va. with "Harpers Ferry Va. Nov. 29" circular datestamp and manuscript "Ford 3 Due", opened by prison censors and marked "Rescue Stuff", couple small edge tears and soiling, still Fine cover addressed to John Brown and forwarded to the prison where he was held, dated three days before his execution by hanging on Dec. 2, 1859 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
6 c ImageHanging of John Brown. Blair & Brown Druggists, Columbus Miss., overall illustrated advertising cover depicting gallows with the hanging of John Brown surrounded by soldiers, titled "The Irrepressible Conflict", 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by grid cancel, "Columbus Miss. Nov. 22" (1860) circular datestamp, addressed to Lexington Va. and missent to Mobile Ala., second 3c stamp affixed in Mobile and tied by "Mobile Ala. Nov. 23, 1860" double-circle datestamp with "Missent" straightline, missing top flap, still Very Fine, a spectacular illustrated hanging cover, Brown was executed on Dec. 2, 1859 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
7   ImageJohn C. Calhoun. 6-page autograph letter signed "J.C. Calhoun", datelined "Senate Chamber 29th June 1836", addressed to Judge McLean, relates to abolition and proposals in the current Congress to cause deputy postmasters to refuse to deliver "incendiary publications" (abolitionist material) in the South, Calhoun argues in part that the "laws of the Union ought to yield to those of the States...", Very Fine letter from the father of the 1832 nullification crisis, including continuing arguments in support of that cause, accompanied by transcript of letter and second Calhoun clipped signature (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
8   ImageJefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens. Four items, including Jefferson Davis clipped signature, engraving of Davis at inauguration with hand on bible, Stephens free frank as member of Congress, last is unused Davis-Stephens 7-Star Patriotic cover, some edgewear, Fine-Very Fine group (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
9   ImageRobert Barnwell Rhett. Ardent secessionist and fire-eater who advocated secession as early as 1850, editor of Charleston Mercury, one-page autograph letter signed, dated Feb. 6, 1874, gives basic summary of when he was elected to House of Representatives, fresh and Very Fine, desirable ALS from this ardent secessionist and critic of Jefferson Davis (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
10   ImageDeclaration of the Immediate Causes Which Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union; and the Ordinance of Secession. 1860 13-page pamphlet "printed by order of the convention" by Evans and Cogswell of Charleston in 1860, manuscript "Wm. L. Whitney" at top, some edgewear, folded vertically, still Very Fine and fascinating (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
11 c ImageCharleston S.C. Dec. 20, 1860 - The Date of South Carolina's Secession and The Beginning of The Civil War. Bold circular datestamp and grid cancels 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Huntsville Ala., slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. A RARE AND IMPORTANT COVER DATED DECEMBER 20, 1860, WHICH IS THE DATE SOUTH CAROLINA VOTED TO SECEDE FROM THE UNION BY UNANIMOUS VOTE, PROPELLING THE NATION INTO CIVIL WAR.

On December 20, 1860, a secession convention called by the South Carolina legislature voted unanimously, 169-0, to secede from the United States. After Lincoln's election on Nov. 6, 1860, South Carolina recognized the impending threat to the slave system. South Carolina's secession, and the disarray it caused in the Buchanan administration, encouraged other states to secede; the next state to secede was Mississippi on Jan. 9, 1861 followed by a host of others. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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