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Steven L. Hoskin 
Historical Autographs

Buying and selling American Historical Autographs, Documents, Letters and Manuscripts.  Specializing in U.S. Presidents & First Ladies, along with Revolutionary War, Civil War, Black History, Business, and the Arts & Sciences.
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TRUMAN, HARRY S. (1884-1972)
TRUMAN, HARRY S. (1884-1972)

Thirty-Third U.S. President - 1945-53; U.S. Vice President - 1945

President Truman Thanks Major General W.B. Persons for Thirty Years of Military Service

Typed Letter Signed, 7” x 8 ¾”, as President on White House stationery, to “Major General W.B. Persons, Pentagon Building, Washington, D.C.”

“Washington, June 29, 1949. Dear General Persons: I understand you are on the eve of retirement after thirty years service. I just want to expressw to you my hope that you will have a long and happy life anda useful career after your retirement. I was well acquainted with your work in the Congress while I was in the Senate and you made a great contribution to the war effort. Best of luck to you. Sincerely yours, Harry S. Truman.
After entering the U.S. Army Coast Artillery in 1917, Wilton “Jerry” Persons served in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and in Europe during World War II, rising to the rank of Major General in 1944. He served as legislative liaison for the Defense Department from 1948 until his retirement in 1949 and as special assistant to General Dwight Eisenhower, 1951-52. Persons campaigned for Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election and served as the President’s special assistant from 1953 through 1958, then as chief of staff from 1958 through 1961.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few small stains and the usual horizontal fold at the center.

COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)
COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President - 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts - 1919-21

As President, Just Nine Days after the Death of President Warren G. Harding

Typed Letter Signed, as President on 7” x 9” black-bordered White House stationery, due to the death of President Warren G. Harding in San Francisco just nine days earlier. Writing to George B. Lockwood, editor of The National Republican, first published in 1860 as the only Republican newspaper in Washington, D.C., the new president thanks Mr. Lockwood for his message – undoubtedly sympathy at the death of President Harding and well wishes for Coolidge - and hopes for a personal meeting.

Washington, August 11, 1923. Mr. George B. Lockwood, Editor, The National Republican, 425 Tenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. My dear Mr. Lockwood: I will only send a brief line to thank you for your kind message of the seventh. As we are to be together here in Washington, I shall be glad to have the opportunity of talking with you and thanking you personally. Very truly yours, Calvin Coolidge.”
The letter is very attractive and in excellent condition overall, with light, even toning and a horizontal fold at the center.


Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Rhode Island; Delegate to the Continental Congress – Rhode Island – 1774-76; Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island – 1755-57, 1758-62, 1763-65 & 1767-68

French and Indian War-Date Pay Order

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”, a manuscript pay order “To Thos. Richardson, Esq[uire], Gen[eral] Treasurer,”  The document is co-signed by Hopkins’ fellow committeemen, assigned the task of preparing for war with France, later known as The French and Indian War, 1754-63.

“Newport, [Rhode Island], May 12, 1755. Sir, Pay Mr. George Lanton Sixty nine pounds, six shillings & six pence (old Tenor) in full of his al[lotmen]t for the French mens boat & charge the same to the Colony. Step. Hopkins.
The document is lightly and evenly toned, with clean paper separation along the center horizontal fold. The text of the document is unaffected by minor paper loss at the corners.