• ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image
  • ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image
  • ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image
  • ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image
  • ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image
  • ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and... Image

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ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and...

ADAMS, John (1735-1826, second President of the United States). A "free frank" signed and inscribed by John Adams, "Mr Arthur M Walter, J. Adams, New York," and stamped "Free" and "BOSTON", with a further inscription in a different hand at the top, "A Frank of John Adams, President of the United States of America, about 1799," trimmed to near inscription, dimensions of frank 60 x 100mm, pasted onto an album leaf, with a printed note to the side relating to the salary of the President and others. Pasted onto the leaf beneath the frank is an engraved portrait of George Washington, and two small original drawings by Alexander Anderson; the first, an oval drawing of a skull, headed "Geo. Washington," dimensions 40 x 30mm, with an inscription beside stating, "General Washington, Drawn before his death, the supposed appearance of Washington's Head after death, sketched by Dr Alexander Anderson, Physician and surgeon, New York," with, beneath, a self-portrait of the artist, dimensions 49 x 37mm, inscribed, "Dr Alexander Anderson, his own likeness by himself." On the verso of the leaf are 6 unrelated items including 4 envelopes, one inscribed by King William IV as Duke of Clarence, the overall dimensions of the leaf 380 x 270mm. Alexander Anderson (1775-1870), in addition to being a resident physician at Bellevue Hospital, New York, was one of America's earliest engravers. In later life, he set up his own bookshop in the same city specialising in children's books, many of which he engraved himself.