Signers and Colonial

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partial docusment signed as President

John Adams -clip from a document signed by Adams as president and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. Adams’s signature is quite large with a light ”J” from a dry quill or the parchment not being scratched strongly enough by Adams to absorb all the ink. The 5.25 x 2.5 clip appears mounted, at least at the edges, to a slightly larger sheet. Adams is a tougher presidential autograph to find than either Washington or Jefferson. (17.5 x 20.5)

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Superb, fresh condition ALS by the first Chief Justice to his son

Jay, John --First Chief Justice, ALS, October 28, 1823, Bedford [New York], 1 page, 7 3/4 x 9 to his son Peter. Jay writes about family matters and his wife's health. He also arranges for some shipment of two barrels of ale and seeks some information on how long it should stay in the barrel before bottling. The letter is in near pristine, fresh condition on off-white paper and uniformly neat, dark writing. It does show flattened mailing folds but a very attractive full page example with a perfect signature.

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Paying off the War Debt

Thomas Jefferson -DS as Sec. of State certifying an early Act of Congress. The act, approved on March 2, 1791, extended duties of 1% on lead or products made chiefly form lead imported in to the United States and 7 1/2 % on "all printed, stained, and coloured goods, or manufacturers of cotton, or of linen, or of both, which hereafter shall be brought into the United States from any foreign port or place."

This was an amendment to an earlier law extending duties on a large number of imports. The duties served a dual purpose of raising revenue to pay off the debt from the Revolutionary War and to help give a competitive advantage to American manufacturers. The scheme of duties on imports was the cornerstone of Hamilton's plan to finance the government and centralize more authority in the federal government.

It is in remarkably good condition with some slight feathering or bleeding of the ink from Jefferson's quill. The effect is a slight shadowing or halo effect around a few letters but still presenting a strong example of Jefferson's signature.

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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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Rev. War General

Samuel Meredith Rev. War General. LS as the first Treasurer of the US, May 1793 to former General Jedediah Huntington regarding money credited to his account. Nice association but Meredith’s signature is very light.