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.
me such a kind and flattering note on the plane...”
191 FISH, HAMILTON ($80-Up)
US Secretary of State under Grant and Hayes (1808-93); US Senator and Governor of NY. DS “Hamilton Fish,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Washington 1/2/1855. Check on Riggs & Co. for $47, to the New York and Baltimore Transportation Co. Cut cancellation does not touch signature. Fine.
192 FONTEYN, MARGOT ($70-Up)
English ballet dancer (1919-91); considered the greatest of her time. Partly-printed DS “Margot Fonteyn,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, London, 5/15/1979. A check drawn on the National Westminster Bank, payable to a Miss Walton in the amount of one penny. Accomplished by a secretary but signed by Fonteyn. Not cancelled. In fine condition. The amount suggests this was given as a souvenir.
193 FROTHINGHAM, OCTAVIUS B. ($20-Up)
American clergyman and author (1822-95); a radical Unitarian. ALS “O.B. Frothingham,”in pencil, 1p, small 8vo, [Boston], 12/16/1890. In a shaky hand, he gives his interpretation of a line of poetry.
194 GATES, HORATIO  ($190-Up)
American Revolutionary general (1728-1806); captured Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga; the focus of a drive to replace Washington as commander of the Continental Army; later, a merchant in Manhattan. Partly-printed ADS “Mr. Gates,”1p, 16mo, NYC, 12/1/1792. A receipt for hay purchased from him. With an incomplete ALS “Hoeratio Ga” [rest of signature missing]1/2p, 4to, [NY, 11/20/1778]. he tells Mr. John Mark of Shepperds Town, VA: “I shall be happy in return for this letter to hear that you and yours are in health, and that prosperity attends you.”Unfortunately the letter is not complete, with a seal hole at left and another piece out at right. Gates letters are not plentiful; the hay receipt was once in the Chase Money Museum!
195 GAYNOR, WILLIAM J. ($75-Up)
US politician (1849-1913); Mayor of NYC, member NY State Supreme Court; survived an assassination attempt while in office. A three page ALS “W.J. Gaynor”as Justice,3pp, 8vo, on Supreme Court stationery, Albany, 11/28/1905. To “My dear Mr. [Robert Ludlow] Fowler, I took so much pains with Polhemus v. Polhemus that I hope you are not to acquiesce in the decision on appeal...It is time we should know whether guilty directors must be asked to sue themselves before a stockholder may sue them...”How history repeats!
196 GIELGUD, JOHN  ($250-Up)
Legendary English stage and film actor (1904-2000), best known for his Shakespearean roles. A fine group: two ALS, three TLS, signed “John”or“John Gielgud”with good content about his work and other thoughts. With an interesting Program Signed “John Gielgud / May 18 / 1964.”The program is in Polish, with an image of “Wiliam Szekspir” on the cover, and Gielgud as Leontes inside. All in very good condition. Very good value.
197 GLASS, CARTER ($100-Up)
US Secretary of the Treasury (1858-1946); US Senator and Representative from VA. Outstanding content TLS “Carter Glass”as Senator, 1p., 4to, on Senate stationery, 6/18/1921. He thunders,“...This Republican administration is committed to the policy of having nothing whatsoever to do with European affairs. It refused to go into the League of Nations; it