Signers and Colonial

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Adams, Samuel – Signer. DS as Governor of Massachusetts September 1, 1795. Adams appoints William Moseley as a Captain in the militia. There is moderate to heavy toning throughout but with strong dark writing making for clear contrast. Adams’ signature is quite strong and attractive. Professionally framed to archival standards. [#5197]

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Signer from NH

Bartlett, Josiah- Signer. A nice signed letter as Chairman of the Committee of Safety, Exeter NH March 9, 1781 to Gen. Nicholls. Bartlett inquiries about supplies for recruits being raised in Amherst (NH). The front is noticeably toned from prior framing but still presents with strong ink contrast. It is a nice war date letter dealing with the challenges in supplying the army.

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Bulfinch, Charles – leading colonial architect, DS.. Bulfinch helped define the Federalist style in architecture. His best known work today is the Massachusetts State House. But he was also active in Boston’s civic life serving as a Selectman for the then small town. In this fresh looking document Bulfinch and five other selectmen (Ebenezer Oliver, Joseph Lovering, Joseph Austin, Enoch Silsby and Henry Bass)issue a license to sell goods at a “public venue or outcry” (i.e. a pushcart or street corner vendor). It is issued to Thomas Jones for one year commencing July 1, 1817. Bulfinch material has become difficult to find . [#4848]

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Signer from Maryland
co-signed by Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, a signer of the Constitution

Charles Carroll of Carrollton – ALS, March 30, 1786, Baltimore. Carroll sends some resolutions relating to the Baltimore Company to Robert Carter. It is co-signed by Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, a signer of the Constitution. The letter is hinged to a tipped sheet.

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Forgery of Richard Henry Lee to Patrick Henry

– notorious early forger. A forged ALS of Richard Henry Lee to Patrick Henry on May 6, 1777. This is a particularly nice example that was pictured in Charles Hamilton's chapter on Cosey in his book Great Forgers and Famous Fakes. The works of some of the early forgers of historic American autographs have themselves become sought after by advanced collectors. [#3996]

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Pays a Justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court

John Hancock– Signer, President of the Continental Congress, Governor. Hancock signs a pay warrant on January 26, 1791 for the salary of Nathan Cushing as a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Hancock appointed Cushing to the Court in 1790, along with fellow Signer Robert Treat Paine. Cushing would serve for a decade. Hancock’s signature is dark and fresh although just starting to show the signs of age with some shakiness in a few strokes. The 4to sheet is in generally fine condition with folds, marginal chips or roughness on one edge and a minor hole in a margin. It is unusual to find pay warrants to a high ranking official or with association like this one.

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Colonial physician and delegate to Continental Congress

David Jackson Colonial physician and delegate to the Continental Congress in 1785 from Philadelphia. Single page ALS April 30, 1792. [#4917]

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Draws his salary as 1st Chief Justice before riding the Circuit

Jay, John –first Chief Justice, ALS, NY March 25, 1791 to Henry Remson, Jr. Responding to an offer from Remsen, who was the Chief Clerk of the State Department, Jay submitted a bill (not present) for part of his salary as the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Jay asks that it be sent to him by the first of the month “…before I set out on the Eastern Circuit.” Jay earned his pay a couple months later when in addition to circuit riding the Supreme Court heard its first real case. In the earliest days of the Court the justices spent their time “riding circuit” appearing in courts throughout the country. They were not compensated for expenses so every penny of their salaries counted which may explain why Jay wanted to receive some of his salary before he set out. This is an interesting glimpse into the business operations of the Supreme Court in its earliest years. Some folds and chips, otherwise fine. This was once part of the Marshall Coyne collection, a noted D.C. collector.

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Signer from Rhode Island.

Roger Sherman – DS March 1756 attesting to a legal settlement of an estate “Roger Sherman Justice of Peace”

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Signer from Georgia

George Walton -DS, as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Walton approves a summons in a civil case for the First Tuesday of March 1783. He signs it “Geo Walton/ Chf-Justice.” There is some archival reinforcement on the back along one fold and chips along two folds. There is a fold across Walton’s signature and the start of some fold separation which can be repaired. The signature itself is a strong example with the fold separation just touching the starting stroke of his first initial.

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Signer from Connecticut

Oliver Wolcott - autograph endorsement signed at the conclusion of a list of claims against an estate, March 1789 signed at the bottom “Probate office-Litchfield March 19 1789 The above amount of debts against the estate of Ezra Plumb. P Howe & O Wolcott”. The list of claims is attested to by Ezra’s son Ebenezer Plumb. Ezra Plumb was one of the early settlers of Litchfield and presumably a much liked resident based on the long list of people who loaned him money or extended credit to him. There are long fold separations in two areas that should be repaired or reinforced. The signature is rubbed a bit in the last few letters of his name.