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Historic Documents At Music Hall During Dallas Engagement Of Hamilton

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM), in partnership with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller, Inc., welcomed the public to see a collection of Revolutionary War and Founding Era documents. The unique collection was on display, free of charge, in the lobby of the Music Hall at Fair Park during the Dallas engagement of HAMILTON through May 5.

“We’re so proud to partner with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller, Inc. to add this unique element to Dallas’ HAMILTON experience,” said DSM President Ken Novice. “We encourage everyone, whether you have a ticket to the show or not, to come down to the Music Hall and see this exciting display of our nation’s history.”

“We are so excited to share a small portion of our Hamilton collection with the people of Dallas,” said Kaller. “I’ve seen first-hand how inspiring the show is from educational and patriotic perspectives. And I believe that ten and twenty years from now, when new collectors are asked what sparked their interest in history, many will answer, HAMILTON.”

The Revolutionary War and Founding Collection consists of more than 1,000 original historic letters, documents, imprints and artifacts, offered together for $2.6 million. (Texts and stories of many of the letters can be seen in the collection’s electronic catalog, on The Dallas exhibit included 30 pieces from that collection, along with a few documents lent from private collectors.  

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Washington’s End-Game: Pushing Southern States to Keep Pressure Up for Honorable Peace

Available as part of The Revolutionary War and Founding Collection

Two months after the British surrender at Yorktown, Washington urged the governor of Virginia to ensure that his state meets the quota of troops mandated by Congress. Similar letters were sent to the Governors of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. We locate only two other signed copies of this circular letter, one of which is in an institution.

the critical and dangerous situation to which all the southern States were reduced, was owing to the want of a sufficient regular force to oppose to that of the Enemy… Happily the Scene is changed, and a moment is allowed us to rectify our past errors… But the greatest encouragement to a vigorous preparation is, that it will be the most likely method of gaining new Allies and forcing Great Britain into a negociation, which we have every reason to suppose would end in a peace honorable to the interests and views of America.

GEORGE WASHINGTON. Circular Letter Signed, to Benjamin Harrison, December 19, 1781, Philadelphia. Text in the hand of Tench Tilghman, with two edits by Washington. 4 pp., 8 x 13 in. Inventory #24417

Jefferson-Signed Act of Congress Funding the Federal Government for 1791

Available as part of The Revolutionary War and Founding Collection

Secretary of State Jefferson signs an Act making appropriations for the federal government in 1791. The figures cited—expenses of the “civil list” and the War Department—were taken directly from Treasury Secretary Hamilton’s Estimates for 1791 Report to the House of Representatives.

This is the only Jefferson-signed copy known in private hands. The only two known institutional copies are at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the New York Public Library.

THOMAS JEFFERSON. Document Signed as Secretary of State. An Act making appropriations for the support of government during the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety one, and for other purposes, February 11, 1791. [Philadelphia: Childs and Swaine, 1791]. Signed in type by George Washington as President, Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and John Adams as Vice President and President of the Senate. 2 pp., 9¼ x 15 in. Variant of Evans 23860. Inventory #23982

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.

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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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