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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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ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. (1839-1937)
ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. (1839-1937)

American Industrialist & Philanthropist; Founder of Standard Oil Company

FLAGLER, HENRY M. (1830-1913)
American Industrialist; A Founder of Standard Oil Company; Founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway; Instrumental in the Development of Florida

Full Signature by Rockefeller - Very Rare on Stock Certificates

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 11 ¾”, New York, December 21, 1883, with full signature, very rarely seen on stock certificates, “John D. Rockefeller,” as president of the Standard Oil Trust, a partly printed certificate for fifty shares of company stock, issued to “George Thomas Dowling.” Countersigned by company secretary “H.M. Flagler.” 

Diagonal cut cancellations, with no loss of paper, affecting both signatures; several light folds.

$5,500.00
BULLOCK, SETH (1849-1919)
BULLOCK, SETH (1849-1919)

Member of the Montana Territorial Senate – 1871-72

Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana Territory – 1873

Moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where he opened a hardware business with Sol Star in 1876, soon becoming Sheriff of the Town

Portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in the HBO television series, “Deadwood”

Served as Captain of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War

Appointed U.S. Marshal for South Dakota by President Theodore Roosevelt, a longtime friend - 1909


Document Signed, 3 ¼” x 7 ½”, also dated and accomplished by Bullock, “Dec[ember] 30, 1871…$84.00…Extra Compensation as Member of the Council. Seth Bullock,” a partly printed warrant for pay due while serving as territorial senator.

The receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with wear, staining, and several small tears at the right edge.

$495.00
REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN NEW YORK CITY - 1776
REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN NEW YORK CITY - 1776

Fearing Invasion and Bombardment from British Warships, the Defenses of New York City are prepared for the arrival of General Washington

Manuscript Document, 8” x 8 ¼”, in an unidentified hand, March 21 & 22, 1776. A return for hardware issued in preparing the defenses of New York City just a month before the arrival of General Washington, quantities of tools being dispensed by Quartermaster Nicholas Quackenbush, “Pick Axes, Spaides, Iron Shovels, Shod Shovels, Crow Barrs, Saws, and W[heel] Barrows,” are listed at left and right.

Captioned at center, “On Account, Intrenching Tools delivered to the undermention[e]d Captains by N[icholas] Quack[enbu]sh…March 21st 1776, this day on duty,” and similarly entitled at mid-page for the following day, the commanders and locations in lower Manhattan for which the hardware is provided being enumerated below.


Stephen [?]…B[unker] Hill; Peter Houtenburgh…Fort; Sam[ue]l Johnson…B[unker] Hill; John Meaks…P[ack] Slip; Evert…Byrancks [Wharf], Exch[ange] Slip; W. K…Bur[lings] Slip; W. R…Fly Market; W. Denning…Beckman Slip (probably Committee of One Hundred member and Revolutionary War-era New York Congressman); A. Van D…Coffee House [Slip]; Robert Benson…Old Slip; Capt[ain] Minthorn…at the fort; ...Old Slip & Coffee House [Slip]; Burmingham…Bayerd hill; Wolf…B[unker] Hill & P[ack] Slip; John Turner…Broad Street; W. January, Beekm[an]’s [Wharf] & Burl[ing] Slip


After the year-long Siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate in March 1776, they turned their attention to New York City. Work on that city’s fortifications - virtually non-existent at the time – was begun by Continental Army General Charles Lee, who arrived in the ill-prepared city by order of General George Washington in late January 1776. Concerned for an uprising of the city’s sizable loyalist population and fearing bombardment by British warships in New York Harbor, Washington arrived and took command of the American forces in early April, just days after the accomplishment of this document. As expected, the warship HMS Asia arrived in New York Harbor on May 27, with another one hundred thirty ships from the British fleet soon to follow. The stage was set for the battles of Brooklyn Heights, Harlem Heights, White Plains, and Fort Washington. The city was evacuated in mid-November, and remained in British hands for the remainder of the war.

The document is lightly and evenly toned, with the expected folds and minor stains, and the bottom edge is somewhat irregular.

$4,000.00