[c.1861-1900s]. 5-1/4" x 7-3/4". Approx.  pp. Autograph album with red gilt decorated covers [worn, boards detached but present, spine missing]. Pages have been removed, and the remaining pages are mostly loosened. Signatures are written both directly on the book's pages and also on separate pieces of paper tipped in. Some toning and staining of the occasional page. While the binding is in in fair condition, the pages that remain are Good+ to Very Good.
Autographs include in part:
"Auburn Nov. 14, 1860, Dear Sir, I comply very cheerfully with the request contain in your courteous note, and remain Respectfully your obednt servant William H. Seward" [U.S. Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, Governor of New York, and U.S. Senator from New York.]
"Washington 11 Feb 1861, Sir, I have the pleasure of complying with your request. Respectfully yours, John A. Dix". [Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.]
"Yours truly, Henry W. Longfellow" [Famous poet and author of "Paul Revere's Ride".]
"Washington, Dec. 16, 1860/ Mr. T.A. Ashley/ Dear Sir, Your letter of Dec. 10 is recd. Respectfully, Preston King." [Early free soil politician.]
"Dear Sir, Faithfully Yours, Charles Sumner" [Massachusetts senator and Radical Republican.]
"Very truly yours Schuyler Colfax, member from Indiana"
"Washington Feb. 25, 1861, [to] F.A. Ashley Esq., Dear Sir, Yours of the 21st received and I hereby comply with your request, Respectfully yours & c. Owen Lovejoy/ F.A. Ashley Esq. Detroit Mich." [U.S. Representative from Illinois, conductor on the Underground Railroad, brother of Elijah Lovejoy, friend of Abraham Lincoln.]
"Washington, D.C. August 24, 1890, J.B.Cheadle, Frankfort Indiana/ Represented the 9th Indiana District in the 50th & 51st Congresses. Elected in 1886 by 3,416 majority and in 1888, by 4,450 majority."
"Very truly your friend, W.H. Coffron, North Baruch, Mich. Washington D.C. 11/30/'84" with cartoon face. [Michigan physician; graduate, treasurer, secretary and professor of Georgetown University.]
"With best wishes J. N. Gillette , Governor of California Sept. 9th, 1909".
"House of Representatives, Washington Feb. 21st 1861/ G.A. Ashley, Esq. Detroit, Mich. Sir, Yours of the 19th came to hand this evening. Very respectfully your obedt. Servant, Cyrus Aldrich" [Minnesota];
"Yours truly Jas. Harlan" [Early Free Soil politician, federal judge, U.S. Cabinet Secretary of the Department of the Interior under President Johnson;
"Mason W. Tappan, Ho. Reps. Washington 2/14/1861, Sir, I am making a hand, somewhere; and I prefer to make it before I start to run at all" [New Hampshire]
"I'll try it and let you know Sam Gordon, Miles City Aug. 17, 83" [New York native, later settled in Montana where he established the Yellowstone Journal.]
"Albany, April 10, 1861, Dear Sir, If you think my humble name written with my own hand will add anything to the value of your collection, it gives me pleasure to make this small contribution. Yours with respect, Ira Harris/ To F.A. Ashley Esq."" [New York senator and friend of Abraham Lincoln.]
"My Dear Bill, Yours Truly, J. Guthrie, Asst. U.S. Inspector Hulls, San Francisco, CA Eureka, Ca. March 2, 1905"
H. Winter Davis "J[ames] R. Doolittle "Louis Kerrsft Rear Admiral U.S. Navy, 2nd March 1905"; "Yours very truly/ Alex. W. Buel"[Michigan]; B.F. Magee, M.C. [Michigan]; "Truly Yours, John T. Shurtleff, Sept. 25, 1909"
H.P. Baldwin'; A.A. Burnham, CT; Chas. A. Mack, Jr.; Kinsley S. Bingham, MI; Frank Higham, Detroit M.; R.E. Trowbridge, MI; W.K. Sebastian, AR; J[ohn] A. Gilmer NC, a member of the Confederate Congress; J[esse]D. Bright IN, owned plantation in KY with slaves and was the only person from a Northern State expelled from the Senate for his Confederate sympathies; J. Morrison Harris MD; Wm. Bigler PA, 12th governor of PA ; John Cochrane NY; Z[achariah] Chandler [Michigan, leading abolitionist in Congress]; M.S. Latham MI; Alex. W. Buell, MI; John J. Perry, Oxford Maine; Kit Adams; Emerson Etheridge [TN]; Edgar Cowan U.S.S. [PA]; Jno Goode [PA]; Miss T.C. Ashley; Loren C. Caddell; USMP Maj. Samuel Ruggles [prominent New Yorker] ; W.J. Thorne, M; Alfred Ely; Katie Lackey; "Eureka July 23, 1908, Hit the bear hard! Charles Ausyl Clarke, U.S. Navy, with much affection for Mr. Bell"; "Washington City D.C. Feby. 14 1861/ I am Truly Yours J. Markley" [Ohio]; Milton S. Davis Lieut. U.S.S.; C. Case [IN]; Harry C. Frankenfield, DC 11/30/84; W.B. Holland; Sedley Chaplin, supt. Construction, Supervising Architects Office, Treasury Deptt., Sept. 21, 1909: Edward J Morris [PA]; William Pennington, NJ; Neal Delano; Miriam F. Richmond; "A of Michigan" followed by signatures of Frank Johnson, Charles B. Wood, Gore Porter, R.E. Frazer, Aaron C. Jewett, George Kingsley, James A. Brown [Dept. of Medicine]; "Edwin Z. Pritchett, 1st Lieut. 1st Field Artillery June 24, 1909"; Walter S. Sturgill; Edgar H. Towar? Detroit; 4/30/1861; B. Stanton, Ohio; J Stout Oregon; H.H. Munds? 1883, Billings MT; Senator from California R.L. Edwards; R.F. Woolfield? and W,H. Coory, Montana; and others. Item #36643