Five (5) Marshall family items including books signed by U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, his wife and son, and a John Randolph ALS referencing comments about John Marshall by Thomas Hart Benton. 1st item: John Marshall (1755-1835) signed book, Life of James Crichton of Cluny, Commonly Called the Admirable Crichton by Patrick Fraser Tyler, Esq., F.R.S.E., 1819. Printed by James Ballantyne and Company, Edinburgh. Octavo, 285 pages including appendix, advertisements, steel plate engraved frontispiece of Crichton with tissue paper guard, hardbound with brown leather covers and gilt lettering to spine. Two (2) ink John Marshall signatures, one (1) to top right of half title page, one (1) to top right of title page. 8 5/8" H x 5 1/2" W x 1" D. 2nd item: Mary Ambler Marshall signed book, The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith edited by Washington Irving, 1836. Published by J. Crissy and Desilver, Thomas, and Company, Philadelphia. Octavo, 527 pages, steel plate engraved frontispiece of Goldsmith with tissue paper guard, hardbound with brown leather covers and gilt lettering to spine. Ink Mary Ambler Marshall signature, top of title page, additional illegible ink inscription, lower right of frontispiece. 9" H x 5 3/4" W x 1 5/8" D. 3rd item: James K. Marshall signed, C. Julii Caesaris, 1st American Edition, Johannes Godvinus, 1804. Published by Impensis W. Powell and Society, Philadelphia. Octavo, 490 pages with copper plate illustrations and folding maps, hardbound with brown leather covers and gilt lettering to spine. Several ink James Marshall signatures with additional ink inscriptions, inside front and back covers, front and back end papers, title page, and first few pages, ink and pencil inscriptions reading "Lewis Minor Coleman Sr age 14 at time he read this work" top of first page. 9" H x 5 5/8" W x 1 3/4" D. 4th item: James K. Marshall signed, Life of John Randolph, Vol. II, by Hugh A. Garland, 1851. Published by D. Appleton and Company, New York. Octavo, 375 pages including engraved frontispiece of Randolph with tissue paper guard, advertisements, hardbound in tooled brown cloth with pictorial covers and gilt lettering to spine. Ink James K. Marshall signature with additional inscription reading "from his affc Bros E C Marshall" top right of half title page. 8 1/8" H x 5 3/8" W x 1 3/8" D. 5th item: John Randolph ALS. One and one half page bifolium. From John Randolph of Roanoke to John Marshall, Esq., dated April 15, 1826. Randolph mostly writes of his friends, Benjamin W. Leigh and Thomas Hart Benton. Referred to in the letter as "Col Benton", Randolph includes an excerpt of a speech written by Benton about Marshall, reading "'Mr Chief Justice Let his letter to me be published, after he too shall have paid the last great debt of Nature. Long may it be first--but may it be before his faculties shall have been impaired by time Had he not have been so great a lawyer--he could have been a greater man. So would Atticus'". He ends the letter by stating that he is "Dear sir, Ever faithful & affectionate friend & servant John Randolph of Roanoke". Housed in a double sided glass black wood frame. Sight - 9 7/8" H x 15 1/2" W. Framed - 10 3/4" H x 16 1/2" W. Biography: John Randolph (1773-1833) (nephew of Theodorick Bland and Thomas Tudor Tucker, half brother of Henry St. George Tucker), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born in Cawsons, Prince George County, Va.; known as John Randolph of Roanoke to distinguish him from kinsmen; studied under private tutors, at private schools, the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and Columbia College, New York City; studied law in Philadelphia, Pa., but never practiced; engaged in several duels; elected to the Sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1813); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in January 1804 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Judge John Pickering, and in December of the same year against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Seventh through Ninth Congresses); elected to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for reelection in 1816 to the Fifteenth Congress; elected to the Sixteenth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1819, until his resignation, effective December 26, 1825; appointed to the United States Senate on December 8, 1825, to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1821, caused by the resignation of James Barbour; served from December 26, 1825, to March 3, 1827; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Senate in 1827; elected to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1829); was not a candidate for reelection to the Twenty-first Congress; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Twentieth Congress); member of the Virginia constitutional convention at Richmond in 1829; appointed United States Minister to Russia by President Andrew Jackson and served from May to September, 1830, when he resigned; elected to the Twenty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1833, until his death in Philadelphia, Pa.; interment at his residence, ëRoanoke,í in Charlotte County, Va.; reinterment at 'Hollywood,' Richmond, Va. (source: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=r000047). Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858), nicknamed "Old Bullion", was a United States Senator from Missouri. A member of the Democratic Party, he was an architect and champion of westward expansion by the United States, a cause that became known as Manifest Destiny. Benton served in the Senate from 1821 to 1851, becoming the first member of that body to serve five terms. Benjamin Watkins Leigh (1781-1849) was an American lawyer and politician from Richmond, Virginia. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and represented Virginia in the United States Senate. Note: The "Life of James Cluny" and the John Randolph ALS are included in an inventory list complied by Charles Boyd Coleman, Chattanooga, TN, in response to a request that Mr. W. Melville Jones, Executive Director of the Marshall-Wythe-Blackstone Ceremonies issued to the descendants of John Marshall regarding a complete compilation of Marshall's papers, books, pictures, etc. in celebration of the beginning of the John Marshall Bicentennial Year, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Saturday, September 25, 1954. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Descended in the family of Lewis M. Coleman Jr. II (1894-1914), son of Lewis M. Coleman Jr., son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman (1827-1863) and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). John Marshall was the Fourth Chief Justice of the United States and also served as Secretary of State under John Adams (1800-1801). (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)
1st item: Overall good condition. Marshall signatures in strong, clear condition. Covers in worn condition with scratches, stains, areas of loss, largest 5 7/8" x 1", to leather, covers and spine. Front cover separated from spine, front end paper separated from binding. Foxing spots, toning, areas of dampstaining to pages. 2nd item: Overall good condition. Mary Ambler Marshall signature in strong, clear condition. Covers in worn condition with scratches, stains, areas of loss, largest 1 7/8" x 5/8", to leather, covers and spine. Areas of leather peeling, largest 2 1/2" x 1 5/8", top and bottom of spine. First sixty-two pages loosely connected to or separated from binding. Foxing spots, toning, areas of dampstaining to pages. 3rd item: Overall good condition. Signature in good condition. Covers in worn condition with scratches, stains, areas of loss, largest 4 1/8" x 5 1/2", to leather, covers and spine. Front and back covers loosely connected to spine, front end paper separated from binding. Foxing spots, toning, areas of dampstaining to pages. 4th item: Overall good condition. James K. Marshall signature in good condition, slightly affected by foxing spots, areas of dampstainting. Toning impressions to pages before and after signature. Wear to covers, 1 1/4" area of loss to front cover, corners bumped. Areas of loss, largest 1 3/8", top and bottom of spine. Some pages loose from binding, pages 171-190 almost separated form binding. Foxing spots, toning, areas of dampstaining to pages. 5th item: Overall good condition with toning, foxing spots, tears, largest 1/8", surface of letter. 1 5/8" x 3" area of dampstaining, lower center of letter.