Six (6) President Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (1853-1857), signed land documents to veterans of the War of 1812, Cherokee War, and the Florida Seminole War, one (1) President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-1837), secretarial signed land document, and one (1) Creek Agency Arkansas, 1858 related letter, 8 items total. 1st-6th items: Five (5) President Franklin Pierce signed land documents, 6 items total, granting land in Missouri to veterans of the War of 1812, Cherokee War, and the Florida Seminole War, in pursuance of Acts of Congress Bounty Land Warrants, approved September 28, 1850 and March 22, 1852, including one (1) issued in favor of Jesse Cobb, Private, Captain Cumming's Company Tennessee Militia, War of 1812, for eighty acres, dated October 2, 1854, one (1) issued in favor of Greenberry Watts, Private in Captain Ragdale's Company Fifth Regiment Virginia Militia, War of 1812, for forty acres, dated October 2, 1854, one (1) issued in favor of David W. Brown, Private in Captain Schugg's Company Tennessee Volunteers, Cherokee War, for forty acres, October 19, 1854, one (1) issued in favor of William N. Clarkson, Private in Captain William's Company Tennessee Volunteers, Cherokee War, for eighty acres, dated October 10, 1854, and one (1) issued on favor of Roberts Jones, Private, Captain Nowl's Tennessee Militia, Florida Seminole War, for forty acres, dated October 2, 1854, all in "…township forty six of range twenty three in the District of Lands subject to sale at Clinton, Missouri…" All of the grants have been sold to Franklin William "Frank" Taylor (1810-1886) and Joseph Eckel (1817-1899), both of Jefferson County, TN. Also included is one (1) certificate stating that Taylor and Eckel have made full payment for the one hundred and six acres and five hundredths of an acre contained in lot number two of the land described in the grants, dated October 2, 1854. All documents signed by Pierce, Secretary Baldwin, and M. Granger, recorder of the General Land Office, lower right, seals, lower left. All approximately 10" H x 15 3/4" W. 7th item: President Andrew Jackson secretarial signed land document, granting Samuel Harris of Greene County, Illinois, eighty acres in township nine north of range near Edwardsville, IL, dated September 15, 1835. Secretarial signature, Private Secretary Andrew Jackson Donelson signature, with a signature for the Commissioner of the General Land Office, lower right, seal, lower left. 10 1/4" H x 16 1/2" W. 8th item: ALS. Two page, double-sided handwritten bifolium. From Frank R. Madison, Creek Agency, Arkansas, his uncle Franklin William "Frank" Taylor, Russellville, TN, dated March 7, 1858. He primarily mentions his work and payments for the land warrants issued by Acts of Congress (see 1st-6th items), writing, "…the Payments will or are expected to be made as soon as the Agent returns who is at present in Florida with a delegation of natives from this country endeavoring to persuade those wild Seminoles to migrate West…" He continues to discuss the warrants, writing "…We have had two distributions previously and have remitted about 100 Warrants to our St Louis friends–there are a great any warrants that have not been purchased as yet and will be sold at distribution to the Highest Cash Bidder although they vary little from 75[cents] pr acre…I will be able to come out with about 10 160 acre warrants which I will probably locate in Kansas…" He ends the letter by expressing well wishes towards his cousins and aunt. Later ink inscription lower left of last page. 10 1/4" H x 15 7/8" W. Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. CONDITION: 1st-6th items: Overall good condition with light toning, few surface stains, foxing spots, largest 1/8", fading to seals. Signatures in overall good, legible condition. Tears, largest 2 1/2", to edges. 7th items: Overall good condition with light toning, fading to seals. Areas of wear to sheet near date and month, largest 2 1/2". Signatures in overall good, legible condition. 8th items: Overall toning, acid burn, surface stains, holes/tears, largest 3/4", to center fold line and edges. Writing in legible condition.
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