President James Monroe, 1758 - 1831, a Founding Father of the United States, American statesman, Senator to the FIRST U. S. State Congress, the 5th American President and the last president from the Virginia Dynasty where he had served as Governor. He also held the critical roles of Secretary of State and Secretary of War under President Madison. He was also a war hero, having been wounded in the Revolutionary War. He negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, joined in the founding of colonies for freed slaves and partnered with John Quincy Adams in writing the Monroe Doctrine, a landmark in American Foreign Policy.
John Quincy Adams, 1867-1848, American statesman, diplomat, Senator, member of the House of Representatives and 6th President of the United States. He was the son of President John Adams and formed the Adams Political Family, shaping foreign policy, remained committed to republican values, and played a very important role in negotiating the Ghent Treaty that ended the War of 1812. He successfully negotiated with Spain for the annexation of Florida and drafted the essential Monroe Doctrine.
A very important one for your collection I think. This is a full indentured document that is a ship’s passage, an awesome piece signed by both President John Adams and President James Monroe. A ship’s passage was not just security but a life saving document for American’s traveling the high seas as they did frequently during Adams’ presidency as he negotiated foreign affairs. If accosted at sea, the presenting of the document would insure that the ship gained passage without attack. You will see that the top of the document is scalloped because the scribe would write the document two times, then cut a scalloped pattern between the two parts so that when to the magistrate when the ship is to sail, the two pieces exactly match to be made official.
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