A collection of rare documents and letters from Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln will be on display this weekend at The Chicago Antiques Art and Design Show at the Merchandise Mart.
“We’ll be showing a significant part of our Alexander Hamilton Collection, including a somewhat erotic handwritten letter from A. Hamilton to Eliza Schuyler in 1780 and mere teaser for the astonishing Alexander Hamilton Collection,” Seth Kaller of Historic Documents and Legacy Collections of Seth Kaller stated in a press release. “We will also highlight Abraham Lincoln documents, and a selection of other items from our inventory.”
The four-day show began Thursday May 18.
Some of the highlights of the show include, Thomas Paine autographed letter signed “No King for America!,” the only Lincoln letter to his fiancée Mary Owens still in private hands – “Long on politics, short on love,” Hamilton asks his college roommate and two other friends to pay their share for surveying a speculative NY state land investment and Harper’s Weekly original Civil War newspaper showing President Lincoln commissioning General Grant, according to the press release.
Visions of the Antique Road Show on PBS Channel 11 come to mind when reading through the history of some of these documents.
The prices include – $22,000 for a document in which Lincoln responds to a lawyer who informed him he cannot remove a lieutenant colonel for treason, $55,000 for the Paine letter to respond to any challenges to American democracy and independence, and $390,000 for the only Lincoln letter to his fiancée Mary Owens which is still in private hands (‘This letter is so dry and stupid that I am ashamed to send it, but with my present feelings I can not do any better’).
The organizers say the collection is priced at $2.3 million.
The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show will debut at the recently renovated and historic Merchandise Mart in the heart of downtown Chicago on the 7th Floor over the weekend of May 18-21, 2017. The show will feature 100 premier national and international exhibitors presenting fine antiques, decorative and fine arts reflecting all design periods from ancient to 20th century modern.
By Jim Vail