John Tyler Four Language Massive Ships Passport
One oversized partially printed sheet, 20.5" x 16.25". Dated "July 14, 1841", and signed by John Tyler as President "John Tyler". Countersigned by Secretary of State Daniel Webster. Printed in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch. Saw toothed Presidential seal intact and affixed mid document. Light toning and expected folds with slight loss of paper along fold lines slightly affecting the "T" in Tyler. Lovely strong contrasting ink with vibrant signatures. Tyler's signature is unusually bold on this document.
This passport, printed in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch authorizes passage of "Schuboa Handy", master or commander of the "Barque" called "Hesper", of the burden of "2018 & 61/95 tons of thereabouts … lying at the present port of New Bedford, bound for Pacific Ocean and laden with provisions, stores and Utensils for a Whaling voyage …"
Although little is known about this whaling ship, it does exist in the Whalinghistory.org database, in addition to the New Bedford history.Vineyard.net records.
A handsome John Tyler signed example of this exceptionally large four language ship passport. Would present well framed.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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