Lot 773Martin Van Buren, portrait in ornate frame with facsimile signature and "N. Dearborn, Boston" imprint, letterhead illustration on 1843 folded letter to Sheffield, O., red "Bellows Falls, Vt., Sep 25" cds and manuscript "25" rate, with lengthy 3 page letter mentioning Van Buren…in those better times when Van Buren ruined the farmers here…but those times can never come again for produce from your state can be brot to Boston market by railroad & water cheaper than it can go on wagons from here, which tells the story.; light cover tone spots and edge wear, F.-V.F., a very rare campaign design used between the 1840 and 1844 Presidential elections, unlisted in Milgram's Presidential Campaign book.
Milgram No. unlisted Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 774Henry Clay, portrait in ornate frame design, letterhead illustration on hand delivered folded letter addressed "A Keepsake, Prepared for Mrs. General Pitkin, of East Hartford, Conn.", enclosure a lengthy 3 page poem entitled A Monody To the memory of General Pitkin written on 1845; some tone spots and paper loss on last page, otherwise F.-V.F. and rare (Milgram rarity 3, 1-5 known).
Milgram No. HC-5 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 775(Party) American Party "Know Nothings", 3 items; two similar illustrated "Catholicism, At Election, American Triumphs" caricature storyboard covers, each franked with 1851, 3¢ dull red, also a 1857 propaganda corner card "If you love your Country, If you deserve to get good Wages, Use only the Product in America"; some small flaws, F.-V.F.
Estimate $200 - 300.
The American or No Nothing party originated in the anti-Catholic and anti-immigration movement of the 1840's. It was reorganized nationally in 1852 and reached its height during that decade. The nickname comes from the reply "I no nothing" which members of secret lodges were instructed to give when asked about party policies.
Lot 776Winfield Scott, campaign portrait design with manuscript Scott below, on cover to Central College, O., franked with grid canceled 1851, 3¢ dull red with matching "Lyons, N.Y., Aug 17" cds, Very Fine, a scarce 1852 campaign cover. Scott No. 11.
Milgram No. WS-2 Estimate $200 - 300.