Famed for the doctrine named after him, fifth U.S. President James Monroe was a staunch supporter of autonomy in the Americas. Connect to this influential chief executive with this antique land grant, in which he confirmed a transaction in the State of Indiana. Measuring 15-1/2 x 9-1/2”, this nicely preserved vellum document remains discernable with bold printed sections, somewhat faded written sections and a securely attached Land Office seal at lower left. Dated 4/20/1824, this grant “Certificate No. 4918” assigns eighty acres of Township Fifteen land to William Beeson.
This crisp sheet shows approximate VG-EX detail with several original period compacting folds which serve to support the authentic nature of this desirable piece of presidential memorabilia. Located at lower right, Madison’s stately endorsement shows (“5”, d.1831) strength and presents prominently with a decent amount of clear field space on all sides. Also present is the signature of Commissioner of the General Land Office George Graham (“5”, d.1830) and William Beeson has countersigned (“5”) on the reverse. Historically minded collectors will especially enjoy the fact that this transaction took place in the forty-eighth year of U.S. Independence as noted in the last line of the body of text. Full photo LOA from JSA.