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The Alexander Hamilton Collection

A Show-Stopping Gathering of Highly Important Original Letters, Documents and Imprints

(or, the Genius, Passions, Foibles and Flaws of our Founding Fathers)

We are pleased to share a few highlights from our unique collection of more than 1,000 original documents. The Collection tells the story of the orphan immigrant founding father who fought for independence, founded our financial system, and fostered a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes.

Yes, Hamilton’s story includes hubris, infidelity, scandal, and tragedy. The Collection captures that and more within the wider arc of its time. Here are the bold and innovative ideas, original personal letters, historic reports and documents that, at the moment they were written, were changing the world. It contains hundreds of powerful documents from leaders, soldiers, citizens, and the press, written when the Revolutionary War and Founding were current events.

See a brochure of highlights here, or see our 156 page catalog here.

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Seth Kaller disproves the claim that Clement C. Moore did not write
“A Visit From St Nicholas”

In the fall of 2000, Professor Donald Foster of Vassar College published a book entitled Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous.  In its last chapter, “Yes, Virginia, There Was a Santa Claus,” Foster presents a case that allegedly proves that Clement Moore “stole Christmas” from a Poughkeepsie poet, Major Henry Livingston, Jr.  Although we knew Foster’s story was fishy from the start, we have spent a great deal of time looking into this history of what is probably the world’s most popular poem. 

Consistent evidence supports Clement Moore’s authorship of “A Visit from St Nicholas,” better known as “The Night Before Christmas,” in December of 1822.  The poem was first published anonymously in 1823, and the original publisher hinted at Moore’s authorship by 1829.   It was published by Moore himself in 1844.  Moore’s daughter drew a calligraphic copy in 1852, which has been published many times since.  Moore penned four autograph versions, in 1853 (now in the Strong Museum), in 1856 (the Huntington Library), in 1860, and in 1862 (New York Historical Society).  Each manuscript is unquestionably authentic and written by Moore.

Don’t miss our Clement C. Moore items:


History You Can Own

We can help you enjoy an inspirational connection to your favorite historic figure, event, or idea.

Important documents and artifacts can be loaned, placed on deposit, or donated to ensure their survival for generations to come. Seth Kaller, Inc. can coordinate all aspects of collection-building, including acquisition, authentication, appraisal, conservation, framing, insurance, and recognition for your family, your company, or your foundation. 

Items presented here are drawn from our broad inventory. We have many more original documents and collections, ranging from $100 to millions of dollars, please contact us if you have specific interests.

Authenticity Guaranteed

We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of our documents. We verify authenticity through our own expertise and archival research, as well as in consultation with independent experts and institutions. Client references furnished on request.


Seth Kaller is a leading expert in acquiring, authenticating, and appraising rare historic documents and artifacts. Kaller has built museum-quality collections for individuals and institutions, as well as legacy collections for philanthropists to donate. He has handled important manuscripts, documents and rare books relating to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; leaves from George Washington’s draft of his inaugural address; Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” manuscript and signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation; and Robert E. Lee’s farewell to his troops. 

We are members of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA), Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the Manuscript Society.


 

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