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Auction archive: Lot number 18

GRANT, Ulysses S (1822-1885), General, President Autograph d...

Estimate
US$6,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
US$12,500
Auction archive: Lot number 18

GRANT, Ulysses S (1822-1885), General, President Autograph d...

Estimate
US$6,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
US$12,500
Beschreibung:

GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), General, President . Autograph draft manuscript signed ("U. S. Grant"), as President, n.d. [24 December 1869]. 2 pages, 4to, on Executive Mansion stationery, the two pages hinged with archival quality tape (a slip of paper is mounted on the verso of the signature page) . In pencil.
GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), General, President . Autograph draft manuscript signed ("U. S. Grant"), as President, n.d. [24 December 1869]. 2 pages, 4to, on Executive Mansion stationery, the two pages hinged with archival quality tape (a slip of paper is mounted on the verso of the signature page) . In pencil. "NO MORE DISTINGUISHED SERVICES HAVE BEEN RENDERED THE COUNTRY BY ANY OF ITS CITIZENS" Edwin M. Stanton announced to the world the death of Abraham Lincoln in his famous pronouncement on the steps of the Petersen house, on the dismal morning of 15 April 1865. Here Grant announces Stanton's death four and a half years later. "The painful duty devolves upon the President of announcing to the people of the United States the death of one of her most distinguished Citizens and faithful public servants, the Hon. E d . M. Stanton, which occured [ sic ] in this City at an early hour this morning." Interestingly, he strikes out a sentence stating, "No more distinguished services have been rendered the country by any of its Citizens than by the deceased." The passage reveals Grant's own vaulting admiration for Stanton, born of their close collaboration during the Civil War and the contentious peace that followed. "He was distinguished in the councils of the nation during the entire period of the recent struggle for national existence," Grant writes. The two men stood by each other in the great Reconstruction era drama when President Andrew Johnson tried to fire Stanton and replace him with the war hero Grant. But Grant refused to be used this way, and when Johnson turned to Lorenzo Thomas instead, Stanton barricaded himself inside his office, setting off the Constitutional crisis that saw Andrew Johnson's impeachment. Grant nominated Stanton to sit on the Supreme Court, but a fatal asthma attack ended his life just four days after winning Senate confirmation. Here Grant instructs that the White House and government offices "be draped in mourning" and that all government business be suspended the day of the funeral. Stanton's untimely death adds to the great "what-ifs" that followed Lincoln's assassination. It is hard to imagine the fervent anti-slavery advocate joining placidly with the Supreme Court majorities that gutted the Civil War amendments and much of the civil right gains won by African-Americans during the Reconstruction Era.

Auction archive: Lot number 18
Auction:
Datum:
6 Dec 2013
Auction house:
Christie's
6 December 2013, New York, Rockefeller Center
Beschreibung:

GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), General, President . Autograph draft manuscript signed ("U. S. Grant"), as President, n.d. [24 December 1869]. 2 pages, 4to, on Executive Mansion stationery, the two pages hinged with archival quality tape (a slip of paper is mounted on the verso of the signature page) . In pencil.
GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), General, President . Autograph draft manuscript signed ("U. S. Grant"), as President, n.d. [24 December 1869]. 2 pages, 4to, on Executive Mansion stationery, the two pages hinged with archival quality tape (a slip of paper is mounted on the verso of the signature page) . In pencil. "NO MORE DISTINGUISHED SERVICES HAVE BEEN RENDERED THE COUNTRY BY ANY OF ITS CITIZENS" Edwin M. Stanton announced to the world the death of Abraham Lincoln in his famous pronouncement on the steps of the Petersen house, on the dismal morning of 15 April 1865. Here Grant announces Stanton's death four and a half years later. "The painful duty devolves upon the President of announcing to the people of the United States the death of one of her most distinguished Citizens and faithful public servants, the Hon. E d . M. Stanton, which occured [ sic ] in this City at an early hour this morning." Interestingly, he strikes out a sentence stating, "No more distinguished services have been rendered the country by any of its Citizens than by the deceased." The passage reveals Grant's own vaulting admiration for Stanton, born of their close collaboration during the Civil War and the contentious peace that followed. "He was distinguished in the councils of the nation during the entire period of the recent struggle for national existence," Grant writes. The two men stood by each other in the great Reconstruction era drama when President Andrew Johnson tried to fire Stanton and replace him with the war hero Grant. But Grant refused to be used this way, and when Johnson turned to Lorenzo Thomas instead, Stanton barricaded himself inside his office, setting off the Constitutional crisis that saw Andrew Johnson's impeachment. Grant nominated Stanton to sit on the Supreme Court, but a fatal asthma attack ended his life just four days after winning Senate confirmation. Here Grant instructs that the White House and government offices "be draped in mourning" and that all government business be suspended the day of the funeral. Stanton's untimely death adds to the great "what-ifs" that followed Lincoln's assassination. It is hard to imagine the fervent anti-slavery advocate joining placidly with the Supreme Court majorities that gutted the Civil War amendments and much of the civil right gains won by African-Americans during the Reconstruction Era.

Auction archive: Lot number 18
Auction:
Datum:
6 Dec 2013
Auction house:
Christie's
6 December 2013, New York, Rockefeller Center
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