(PRESIDENTS) GRANT, ULYSSES S. A partially-printed document for a whaling ship, signed by Grant as President, on December 13, 1871. One page document, countersigned by Hamilton Fish as Secretary of State. Framed, 56 x 42 cm. (sight), 65 x 54 cm. (overall). Presidential seal at lower right, faded but firmly affixed; with stamp of New Bedford (MA) Customs Office. With light cockling at lower edge; the sheet is creased from folding.
This is a "four language" ship's paper, with printed text in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch, testifying to the fact that the ship was an American vessel. In this case, the Europa, commanded by James H. McKenzie and bound from New Bedford for the Pacific with "Provisions, stores, and utensils for a whaling voyage."
Estimate $ 1,000-1,500
Property from the collection of Dr. Robert Steinberg, River Forest, Illinois