1 page, oblong folio, 280 x 402 mm. (11 x 16 in.), bold heading "James Madison, President of the United States of America," not accomplished, papered Great Seal, matted and glazed in a fine giltwood frame incorporating engraved potraits of Madison and Monroe. Unexamined out of frame. AN UNACCOMPLISHED PRIVATEER'S COMMISSION DATING FROM THE WAR OF 1812. Such commissions, which gave official sanction to privateers to prey on the vessels of Great Britain, were prepared in advance of issuance. The present is a crisp, unused example. It authorizes a vessel to "subdue, seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private, which shall be found within the jurisdictional limits of the United States...or within the waters of British dominions...to detain, seize and take all vessels at war, and to bring the same within some port of the United States..."" /> MADISON, JAMES and JAMES MONROE, <I>Presidents</I>. Partly printed document signed ("James Madison" as President and "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of State), n.p., n.d. [Washington, D.C. c. 1812]. <I>1 page, oblong folio, 280 x 402 mm. (11 x 16 in.), bold heading "James Madison, President of the United States of America," not accomplished, papered Great Seal, matted and glazed in a fine giltwood frame incorporating engraved potraits of Madison and Monroe</I>. Unexamined out of frame. AN UNACCOMPLISHED PRIVATEER'S COMMISSION DATING FROM THE WAR OF 1812. Such commissions, which gave official sanction to privateers to prey on the vessels of Great Britain, were prepared in advance of issuance. The present is a crisp, unused example. It authorizes a vessel to "subdue, seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private, which shall be found within the jurisdictional limits of the United States...or within the waters of British dominions...to detain, seize and take all vessels at war, and to bring the same within some port of the United States..." | Christie's