Oct 27, 2022 - Sale 2619

Sale 2619 - Lot 80

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
GRANTING POWER TO NEGOTIATE WITH SPAIN [POSSIBLY FOR POSSESSION OF CUBA] PIERCE, FRANKLIN. Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, authorizing the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to "a Full Power to Mr. Soule to negotiate a Treaty between the United States and Her Catholic Majesty [Queen Isabella II of Spain]." 1 page, 4to, pale blue paper, with integral blank; horizontal fold through signature (without loss), faint scattered soiling. Washington, 28 March 1854

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Pierre Soulé (1801-1870) was an attorney and U.S. Senator from LA who, in 1853, became U.S. Minister to Spain and, in 1854, principal author of the Ostend Manifesto. This document--secret until four months later when its exposure caused an international scandal--outlined a proposal partly intending to satisfy supporters of the expansion of slavery by making Cuba a slave-friendly U.S. territory after purchasing it from Spain or, if they decline to sell, winning it as a prize of war.