R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
7/16/1873. An official pardon of “Isabella Donavan and Agnes Primrose...convicted of Aiding Prisoners to escape...” who had been sentenced to a year of hard labor. Foil State Seal. Toned, fold and edge wear including partial splits, else very good.
182 DORR, JOHN V.N. ($30-Up)
Chemist, philanthropist, and highway safety pioneer (1872-1962). TLS, 3/6/1942,Westport, CT. He writes a collector, “I am in ‘Who’s Who’ but have never considered myself important enough to have my autograph of any value.”Possibly secretarial, but a good letter.
183 DUKAKIS, MICHAEL ($20-Up)
US Politician (born 1933); Governor MA, US presidential candidate. TLS, 1p, 4to, on gubernatorial stationery, Boston, 6/28/1976, sending his autograph to a collector. Stapled, with orig envelope, to larger sheet. Stained at right, else very good.
184 DUSE, ELEANORA  ($250-Up)
Italian actress (1858-1924). ALS, “E. Duse,”in Italian, Grand Hotel Brun, Bologna,n.d. “Thank you for the flowers. I can get you two seats. Would you like that?” Also ten images, a translation, and a magazine story.
185 EASTBURN, MANTON ($45-Up)
English-born American clergyman (1801-72); Episcopal bishop. Autograph Verse Signed “Manton Eastburn,”1p, 8vo, Rye Beach [NY], 8/1857. Verse begins “Within a porch, at noon of day / Alone I sat: - before me lay meadows and uplands green...”and ending “...Yet one dear spot of earth I know / Where I can turn from toil and woe, / And wipe the dust away.”Tipped to larger sheet, with, tipped on verso, an AQS by MA politician Robert Winthrop.
186 EDDY, NELSON ($35-Up)
American singer and actor (1901-67). TLS“Nelson Eddy,” 8/2/1939, “Mrs. Eddy and I appreciate your gracious thoughts and good wishes for us...”The Eddys’ marriage was a rare thing in Hollywood, lasting nearly 30 years, from 1939 until his death.
187 EDWARD VII ($55-Up)
King of England (1841-1910, ruled from 1901); son of Victoria; known for his charming but irresponsible ways, he nevertheless became a popular and judicious king. Printed Portrait Signed“Arthur Edward P. / G.M. 1899”in his regalia as Grand Master of Masons of England.
188 EUSTIS, WILLIAM ($175-Up)
American politician (1753-1825); US Secretary of War under Madison; US Representative from MA; earlier, a surgeon for the Continental Army. A LS “W. Eustis”as Secretary of War, 1/2 p, 4to, “War Dept.,”[Washington] 7/25/1811. He announces, “In consequence of the death of Mr. McCleary, the cashier of the Bank of Columbia is requested to transfer the contingent fund of the war office to Mr. Lewis Edwards a clerk in said office.”Age-toned, with small area at bottom (previously bearing a pen note) clipped, overall very good.
189 EVERETT, EDWARD  ($95-Up)
American politician, educator, and clergyman (1794-1865); US Representative and US Senator, and Governor of MA; considered one of the greatest orators in the country. ALS, “Edward Everett,”Boston, 12/24/1864. A pleasant letter with an engraved portrait.
190 FAIRBANKS, DOUGLAS, Jr. ($95-Up)
American actor (1909-2000); son of the great silent star. TLS, “Douglas Fairbanks,”1p, 4to, Palm Beach, FL, 3/26/1982. With his accustomed grace, he writes, “I just wanted you to know that I appreciated your ‘respecting my privacy’, and passing