James Monroe’s Presidency was literally a defining period in our history. With the purchase of Florida and the treaties of 1818 and 1819, Monroe established Atlantic to Pacific boundaries between British North America (Canada) and New Spain (Mexico). Fittingly the offered document is a Monroe signed land grant. Approving the 1818 sale of property in Ohio to Joseph Kelley of Butler County this well-preserved 13 x 8-1/2” General Land Office Certificate of Register bears Monroe’s stately (“7-8”) endorsement at lower right. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Dated 8/17/1818 this sturdy part printed, part written parchment also bears the signatures of Commissioner of the General Land Office Josiah Meigs (“5-6”) at bottom center on the obverse and the purchaser Joseph Kelley (“5-6”) at top center on the reverse. Though the handwritten sections of this two century old document are moderately faded all printed and written sections remain readily discernable with Monroe’s signature presenting as the boldest of the penned entries. Generally this crisp historical relic is very appealing with light to moderate, age-appropriate wear. One of the several original compacting folds passes through the lower loop of the letter “J” of the sitting POTUS’ first name with negligible impact. A small, inconsequential hole has formed at the junction of two perpendicular folds just below the written name Kelly on the first line of text. Additional points of note include the printed header “James Monroe, President of the United States of America” across the top and the Seal of the General Land Office affixed at lower left which still shows a fair amount of raised detail.