PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN - PRESIDENTIAL WARRANT SIGNED 04/17/1858 - HFSID 30635
Sale Price $1,020.00
Authorizing a "letter of ceremony" to King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia.
Partly Printed Presidential Warrant signed: "James Buchanan" as 15th U.S. President, 1p, 8x9¾. Washington, 1858 April 17. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State [Lewis Cass] to affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter of ceremony, dated today, addressed by me to His Majesty the King of Prussia dated this day, and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant." President Buchanan's letter was sent to a mentally ill Prussian King who had a mental collapse in 1857.Just months after this warrant, on October 5, 1858, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia was officially declared insane.Two days later, his brother became Regent. Upon the King's death on January 2, 1861, his brother succeeded him as King Wilhelm I. Worn. 2¼x3-inch circular stain touches "Buchanan". Light horizontal fold through "J", "B" and "h" in signature. 2x1-inch stain at upper right blank corner. Lightly creased, chipped at right blank edge. Circular stain at upper right blank margin. 1-inch slit (all paper intact) at upper right blank corner.
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