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Signed Army Document By Elvis

Signed Army Document By Elvis, SEVEN Times!

Elvis Presley An extraordinary document signed seven times ‘Elvis A. Presley’, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8" x 11", dated between April 28 - September 3, 1958. Form DA/10/102, an initial issue organisational clothing and equipment record belonging to ‘Presley, Alvis. A., US 53310761’, consisting of alphabetized lists for ‘Articles, Organizational Clothing, Quartermaster’, ‘Organizational Equipment’, ‘Post, Camp and Station Equipment’ and ‘Other Services’, with correlating issued and turn-in dates. Each section includes an ‘Authorized Allowances’ field, with the ‘Quartermaster’ section also featuring sizes for various articles, including: ‘Overshoes, 1, 10 1/2’, ‘Shirt, Field, Wool, 2, M’, ‘Shoes, Athletic, 1, 10 1/2’, ‘Supporters, Athletic, 1, M’, ‘Trousers, Field, Wool, 1, 30 x 31’, ‘Trousers, Shell, Field, 2, 30 x 31’, ‘Hood fld jacket, 1, M’, ‘Liner fld jacket, 1, M’ and ‘Jacket FLD, 1, M/R’. The concluding ‘Other Services’ field includes: ‘Ordnance: Carbine, USCAL 30/M/1, 1, SER#3591134, Magazine, Carbine M/1, 6’, ‘Chemical: Mask Gas w/ carrier, 1’ and ‘Medical: Packet 1st Aid, 1’. Signed vertically at the bottom of the fourth page in blue ballpoint by Presley a total of seven times, each signature corresponding with the above issue date. Countersigned four additional times by Presley’s commanding officer. In generally fine condition, with scattered creasing and handling wear, and small areas of paper loss along intersecting folds. Between March 28 and September 17, 1958, Presley completed his basic and advanced military training as a member of Company A, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 37th Armour, while stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. As trying as his training was, the death of his mother on August 14th devastated Presley, who was afforded an extended leave of absence during his bereavement. Not long after his return to Fort Hood, Presley was sent overseas to Germany as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor, service which lasted from October 1st 1958, until March 2nd 1960. Germany had a profound effect on his life and career - he met his future wife Priscilla, was introduced to amphetamines, and as a result of his generous patriotic service, earned the respect of an older generation of Americans, many of whom had previously viewed him in a negative light. Featuring an unprecedented total of seven signatures, this phenomenal military form offers unique insight into perhaps the most formative period of Presley’s life.
An Angy Dickens letter on 'What the truth is

An Angy Dickens letter on ‘What the truth is, and what it is not’

Charles Dickens A fine three-page autograph letter signed by Charles Dickens, 11th March 1854. Dickens writes to the journalist Peter Cunningham, reacting angrily to an article in the London News of March 4th 1854 in which Cunningham suggested that the title of Hard Times, and in some respects the ‘turn of the story’ were based on the Preston Strike. Dickens opens, Being down at Dover yesterday, I happened to see the illustrated London News lying on the table, and there read a reference to my new book which I believe I am not mistaken in supposing to have been written by you. I don’t know where you may have found your information, but I can assure you that it is altogether wrong. The title was many weeks old, and chapters of the story were written, before I went to Preston or thought about the present strike. The mischief of such a statement is twofold. First, it encourages the public to believe in the impossibility that books are produced in that very sudden and cavalier manner (as poor Newton used to feign that he produced the elaborate drawings he made in his madness, by working at his table); and secondly in this instance it has this pernicious leaning: It localises (so far as your readers are concerned) a story which has a direct purpose in reference to the working people all over England, and it will cause, as I know by former experience, characters to be fitted onto individuals whom I never saw or heard of in my life.’ Dickens concludes ‘I do not suppose that you can do anything to set this mis-statement right; if you will, at any future time, ask me what the fact is before you state it, I will tell you as frankly and readily as it is possible for one friend to tell another, what the truth is and what it is not. Always faithfully yours, Charles Dickens.’