PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - FOUR LANGUAGE SHIPS PAPERS SIGNED 07/17/1839 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN FORSYTH - HFSID 52820
Sale Price $2,040.00
MARTIN VAN BUREN and JOHN FORSYTH. Partly Printed DS: "M. Van Buren" as President and "John Forsyth" as Secretary of State, 1p, 22x16¾. Signed in Washington but issued at New Bedford, Mass., 1839 July 17.Four Language Ship's Papers (French, Spanish, English, Dutch) for the Ship Stephani "bound for Pacific Ocean and laden with Provisions, Stores and Utensils for a whaling voyage...." Ship's papers identified the vessel in international waters as American. The U.S. sperm whaling industry had its greatest prosperity from 1820-1850. About 10,000 whales were killed annually. Since much whaling took place in the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco became a major whaling port. Many voyages lasted as long as four to five years; whaling ships sent their whale oil home by cargo ship from time to time and continued whaling. JOHN FORSYTH served as Jackson's and Van Buren's Secretary of State from 1834-1841. Fragile. Document is professionally silked. Several holes varying from ¼x¼-inch to pinhead-size affect some text. Lightly stained. Folds, vertical fold touches "B" in Buren and "J" in John. Slightly shaded at some folds which touch text. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right corner. Full, 2¾ white paper seal.
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