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JAMES MONROE HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT, MEDICAL DOCTOR, GUNS

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EXTREMELY RARE, JAMES MONROE, HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT, AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, PROMISING PAYMENT TO DR. THOMAS SIM, THE PRESIDENTIAL DOCTOR, WHO IN TURN ENDORSES THE DOCUMENT OVER TO COLONEL GEORGE BOMFORD WHO WAS CALLED UPON TO REBUILD THE U. S. CAPITOL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHICH HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY THE BRITISH DURING THE WAR OF 1812

JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT SIGNED AS PRESIDENT AND TWO OTHERS, “James Monroe”, 8 x 6, Feb. 12, 1824, Washington, directed to “The Cashier of the branch bank of the USCity – Washington,” by the 5th President (1817-25) of the United States, authorizing his bank to make a payment on January 1st the following year. In full: “Sir/Pay to Dr. Thomas Sim twenty six dolrs. on the first of January 1825 for/James Monroe.” Dr. Thomas Sim (1770-1832) was the presidential physician and attending physician to several cabinet officers. He is here receiving the presidents’ handwritten promise to pay him a sizeable amount, in today’s dollars. It is unknown what this financial note was for. But, we do know that President Monroe had recurrent flare-ups of malaria through out his life and several prolonged illnesses of unknown types. When he left the Presidency, he was exhausted and looked much older than his 67 years. It’s also interesting to note that Dr. Thomas Sim was a founding member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) which sought national recognition to distinguish competent physicians from charlatans. The organization claims the distinction of being the first medical society in the country to be chartered by an Act of Congress. The act signed by President James Monroe, Feb 16, 1819. On the reverse of the document, Dr. Sim has handwritten and signed an endorsement: “Pay the within to the order of Col. Geo. Bomford/Feby. 25 -1824 – Thos. Sim.” Colonel George Bomford (1780-1848) was a distinguished military officer (West Point) in the United States Army and an inventor and designer of weapons (Columbiad gun: the heavy coastal defense howitzer) and defensive installations (Castle Williams, the fort designed and constructed in New York Harbor (1812) to protect New York City from Naval attack). As an engineer he was called upon, after the War of 1812, to help rebuild the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He has boldly signed “G. Bomford” acknowledging payment by the bank Jan 4th, 1825. This amazing triple-signed, historic document comes with a vintage engraved image of the President. It is in fine condition, with two stains lower right and archival tape on the reverse, supporting the paper where several bank cancellation stamps have been made.

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