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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Colonial and 18th Century America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 1, Colonial and 18th Century America18th Century American Circus Broadside, 18th Century American Circus Broadside18th Century American Circus Broadside. 8-3/4 x 11 in., on antique laid paper, LAILSON'S CIRCUS, and described as "Near the former Circus- Petersburg." Obvious highlights incl. "Miss Vanice (the first Equstrian Female in America) will perform standing upon the Horse in several pleasing attitudes, with all the gracefulness- She will mount and dismount the Horse in full speed with her foot in the stirrup, in different manners and with surprising activity." Also Mr. Lailson, who "will perform the unparalleled Feat of Metamorphosing himself in a bag in to the Dress of a Fish-Woman, upon two Horses" With list of ticket prices (in shilling and pence), normal folds, still remarkably well-preserved and fresh, Very Fine, a fantastic piece of Americana

E. 2,500-3,500
1,600
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 2, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaA Colonial Document Containing Signatures of Generals and Signers, A Colonial Document Containing Signatures of Generals and SignersA Colonial Document Containing Signatures of Generals and Signers. Connecticut document, 7-3/4 x 13 in., headed "Debenter [sic] of the House of Assessants in the Assembly April 1775 by special Order of the Governor," with a list of 11 names, followed by signatures, including: Elisha Sheldon (Brig. Genl.); Jabez Huntington (Maj. Genl.); Wm. Samuel Johnson (Signer, Constitution); Joseph Spencer (Maj. Genl.); and Oliver Wolcott (Signer); in addition there is the signature of William Pitkin III, a major in the French & Indian Wars and Chief Justice of the Ct. Supreme Court; docketed on back, May 18, 1776 and initialed "E.S.", very minor toning at folds, otherwise quite fresh, Very Fine, very desirable colonial document

E. 600-800
400
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Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 3, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaGunning Bedford, Gunning BedfordGunning Bedford. Constitution signer. Signature on bottom portion of part-printed document, 7 x 2-1/2 in., dated Oct. 1792, Fine, rare

E. 400-500
300
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4
 
Elias Boudinot. President of the Continental Congress, Director of the Mint, etc. DS, 1791, as Secretary, pro Temp., of the Society of Useful Manufactures, also signed by NJ Governor Wm. Duer, Very Fine

E. 200-250
2,200
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5
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 5, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaCharles Carroll, Charles CarrollCharles Carroll. ALS ("Ch. Carroll of Carrollton" 2pp., dated Nov. 16, 1826, an affectionate, moving letter to his daughter-in-law Harriet Carroll. He writes (in part): "I do enjoy very good health for one in his ninetieth year, but I feel the weight of years and my memory which sometime back was pretty good is fast decaying...This is a short letter; seeing few & living retired I know little of what is happening in the world. This is a surprising change in my character; some years ago I was all alive to passing events particular of a public nature & relating to our country; for its happiness my wishes are ardent & unceasing but as to those who govern it or as to those who are in or out, I feel little interest, or indeed in what is doing in the great world, which I am soon to quit." etc. Despite the resigned tone of this letter, Carroll lived for another six years, the last of the Signers. With integral address leaf, Very Fine

E. 600-800
1,050
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6
 
Edward Hyde Cornbury. DS "Cornbury") dated Jan. 15, 1703 as Governor of New York on "Inventory of the Estate of Humphrey Progonna", Fine and scarce; the notorious Cornbury was probably New York's worst governor

E. 250-350
160
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7
 
Charles Cornwallis. ANS, datelined Dublin Castle Jan. 28, 1801, Very Fine. Accompanying this is a TLS and ALS of the present day Cornwallis, both discussing the upcoming celebration of New Jersey 's tercentenary and his "noble ancestor's" role in New Jersey

E. 300-400
450
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8
 
Jonathan Dayton. Constitution signer. ALS ("Jona: Dayton"), 1 page, datelined Elizabethtown N. Jersey, Nov. 4, 1808, warm letter to Hon. John Campbell: "I know not whether or when we shall ever meet again to revive our acquaintance, & renew our friendship, but in every situation, however distant, & to the end of life, however long, I shall recollect with more than common interest & satisfaction, the many, very many agreeable hours which we have passed together, under the same roof & in the same mess & society." etc. Also requests a copy of a speech from the President to both Houses, etc., slightly reduced at edges, small tape stain to right of signature, Fine

E. 600-800
375
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9
 
Jonathan Dayton. Constitution signer, paymaster in the Continental Army, etc. ALS and promisory note dated July 10, 1824 at Elizabethtown, written only 3 months before his death; with integral address leaf, Fine

E. 250-350
350
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10
 
Samuel Dexter. LS and free frank as Secretary of War with interesting content regarding the purchases of axes & hoes "as a present to the Choctaw Nation of Indians", dated Sept. 30 1800, Very Fine, scarce, Dexter was Secretary less than 9 months

E. 100-150
220
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11
 
William Franklin. DS ("Wm. Franklin"), 1766, "An Act Impowering the Justices and Freeholders of the County of Burlington to Purchase a Lot of Ground to Build a New Goal and other necessary buildings", 2pp., tied with ribbon at top, Fine

E. 300-400
200
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12
 
William Franklin. DS, large bold signature ("Wm. Franklin") on 1775 New Jersey act, "to assess to Township of Amwell in order to reimburse Joseph Moore for repairing a Bridge", mended folds, Fine, Franklin was the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, and the last royal Governor of New Jersey

E. 200-250
425
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13°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 13, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaHoratio Gates, Horatio GatesHoratio Gates. ALS, 1-1/2pp., dated Rose Hill, Oct. 21, 1793, giving instructions to someone to settle his debts by selling leftover property in Maryland, refers at one point to the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, etc. At this time the retired general was a gentleman farmer on Manhattan island, Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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14
 
George III. Large signature on small portion of document with intact seal, light soiling

E. 200-250
120
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15
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Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 15, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaNathaniel Greene, Nathaniel GreeneNathaniel Greene. Frank ("N. Greene") on Apr. 1781 folded cover to Brig. General Sumner at Halifax, ms. "Public Service", sealed separations at folds and faint waterstain at top left corner, still Very Fine, very scarce

E. 1,500-2,000
1,050
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Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 16, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Two pieces. LS, 1 page, dated May 5, 1801, regarding an insurance claim on a vessel "captured by an English Ship of war,", some wear at R. edge, tipped to sheet, Fine; accompanied by a ANS of Elizabeth Hamilton, his wife, also tipped to sheet

E. 2,000-2,500
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17°
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 17, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Autograph free frank "free A Hamilton" on small fresh 1792 folded cover with Treasury Dept. endorsment to tax collector at Bath Mass., "17/SE" in circle and "Free" hs., neat file fold, Extremely Fine example of Hamilton frank

E. 800-1,000
700
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18
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Alexander Hamilton. Free frank ("A. Hamilton") on 1790 folded cover to John Haywood as N.C. State Treasurer in Hillsborough, lightly struck New York straightline, ms. "Treasury Department" at T.R., soiling and toning, the latter only slightly affecting signature

E. 300-400
550
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19
 
Alexander Hamilton. Frank ("A. Hamilton") on front only to Nathaniel Appleton, Commissioner of Loan, Boston; Treasury Department endorsement, faint New York straight line, minor edge toning, Fine

E. 300-400
550
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20
 
[Alexander Hamilton]. Intriguing document signed by a Samuel Doty: "This is to Certify that in sometime August 1778 I went to ask For Money for my imployer to Cor,l Ambleton [deleted] Hamilton and the Said Cor,l Beat me with his fist while I stood I run and Jump over the fense and Hove Stones at me of 6 or 8lb whate", on back is certification dated Feb. 26, 1779 "that what is within written and subscribed is true. David Colden" Fine

E. 200-250
220
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21
 
John Hart. Signer. Bold signature on 1756 inventory for Francis Horner of Hopewell, West New Jersey, Very Fine

E. 400-500
270
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22
 
Patrick Henry. DS ("P. Henry") as Governor of Virigina, 1785, paper loss and old tape stains clear of signature which has some ink offset on back showing thru and is otherwise Fine

E. 400-500
650
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23
 
Sir William Howe. ALS ("W. Howe"), 1 page, dated Mar. 13, 1799, to Maj. Genl. Ross, regarding two companies impatient to join their regiment in Ireland, with integral address leaf, soiling and toning on face, letter with some toning, mostly at left, far from signature and is otherwise Fine and clean, with contemporary engraving

E. 300-400
325
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24°
 
[Indians]. 1783 Conn. court document appointing Gov. & Major John Talcott to be a committeee on behalf of the court to settle a boundary dispute, note on back states "Act of Assembly of 1622" was cited "to settel Indian bounds 1683", Fine

E. 400-500
120
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25
 
[Indians]. Order, "Please to issue for the use of the Delaware Indians twelve pounds of bread & twelve of pork...T. Lewis aide de Camp 14th March 1795", Fine

E. 100-150
150
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26
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 26, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaHenry Knox, Henry KnoxHenry Knox. Signed check ("H. Knox") for the amount of $20.42, printed 1795 date, some paper loss at T.L., mostly in margin, Fine

E. 300-400
425
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27
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 27, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaMarquis de Lafayette, Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette. ALS ("Lafayette") 2pp., dated Paris June 13, 1829, in English, to Samuel Southard. He writes (in part): "Our excellent friend Mr. Adams has been lately visited with a cruel blow the quite Unexpected loss of his Son. A Rumor Has Been Spread from England, that an other much Valued friend Henry Clay Had Been Shot in a duel and However improbable it was, we have felt for some days greatly alarmed....The War in the east is still raging: western diplomacy is endeavoring to adjust matters. My concern is engrossed by the Prussian interests. Should the policy of France be left alone, I think Greece could be more liberally attended to...The Conduct of the French Government has been More Generous. But the direct influence of Wellingtonian and Meternick's liberals is greater than it should be. As to interior affairs, liberty is progressing, altho very slowly. La spiri of over modernism if I can speak so, is prevailing even among the liberals. But upon the whole, things are Better than I found them on My Return." Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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28
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Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 28, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaMarquis de Lafayette, Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette. Free frank ("Lafayette Mg." on folded cvoer to General Sumner at Harrisburg, ms. "On public Service", July 1781 docketing, amateurishly silked, otherwise Fine, very scarce

E. 1,000-1,250
850
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29
 
Marquis de Lafayette. ALS ("Lafayette") 1 page, in English, undated, two sealed tears at R., far from signature, Fine

E. 250-350
475
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30
 
Marquis de Lafayette. ANS, dated 1833, in French, accompanying this is a 1964 TLS from Comte Philippe de La Fayette accepting an invitation to help celebrate New Jersey's Tercentenary in 1964, Very Fine

E. 200-250
325
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31
 
Charles Lee. U.S. Attorney General, delegate to the Continental Congress, etc. ADS, dated 1792, Frederick County, Fine

E. 200-250
170
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32
 
Henry ("Light Horse Harry") Lee. ALS, 1 page, Nov. 16, 1795, business contents signed as Governor of Virigina, with integral address leaf, Very Fine

E. 600-800
425
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33
 
William Livingston. Signature as President of New Jersey Council, on 1786 8pp document, Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,250
600
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34
 
William Livingston. Constitution signer. Signature as Governor on two New Jersey documents, dated 1782 and 1785, faults

E. 200-250
230
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35
 
Thomas Mifflin. ANS, dated Apr. 1, 1788 at Philadelphia, for payment of taxes on his house, tipped to sheet, Fine

E. 250-350
95
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36
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 36, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaDaniel Morgan, Daniel MorganDaniel Morgan. ALS, 1 page, 6 x 5-1/2 in., dated Nov. 1791: "I owe the Bearer of this Negro Billy two pounds four shilling & six pence for sheoe making and he wants it in Leather. He thank you to furnish him to that amount and place it to my account." Folded several times, with wear, reinforced along one fold on back (old mend), still Fine, rare

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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37
 
Daniel Morgan. Brigadier General. DS, 1 page, dated Oct. 1769, an IOU with John Hite, for the sum of "Eleven Pounds Virginia Currency", signed by both men and two witnesses, Fine. Morgan was probably one of the finest of American officers in any period, and the most underrated; rarely offered

E. 750-1,000
700
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38
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Joseph Nourse. Free franks on 8 covers, all as Register of the Treasury, Very Good-Extremely Fine

E. 200-250
105
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39
 
John Penn. DS, dated 1765, large bold signature as Surveyor-General, some toning at edges, not affecting name, Fine

E. 150-200
50
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40
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 40, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaTimothy Pickering, Timothy PickeringTimothy Pickering. Signed check ("T. Pickering") dated July 7, 1809, Bank of the United States with eagle motif, Fine

E. 400-500
425
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41
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John Pierce. Free frank ("John Pierce PMG") as Paymaster General on folded cover to Oliver Wolcott Jr. in Hartford, clear "N-York. May 3." Ty. J postmark and "FREE", 1786 docketing, file folds, Fine and very scarce, listed but unpriced in ASCC Vol. II

E. 200-250
240
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42
 
John Pierce. Free frank as Paymaster General on two folded covers to Oliver Walcott Jr., 1786, New York types J and K1 straightline postmarks, one docketed Christmas Day by Wolcott, latter with small stain, Fine, very scarce, listed but unpriced in ASCC Vol. II

E. 300-500
375
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43°
 
"Provisions Re'd for the use of the Troops of the United States of America." statement written Oct. 6, 1776 by James Richardson on behalf of Joseph Trumbull on a list of provisions gathered by Capt. Jeremiah Wadsworth for Washington's army; Wadsworth was a Conn. delegate to the Continental Congress 1787-88- a signed check of his drawn on the Bank of the United States, dated 1794, accompanies this lot, scarce early use of the phrase, "United States of America", Very Fine

E. 200-250
325
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44
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John Randolph. Free frank on two folded covers, 1807 ("John Randolph") and 1810 ("J. Randolph"), both to Edward Dillon, minor soiling, Fine pair

E. 150-200
70
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45
 
Rochambeau. DS ("D Rochambeau"), dated 1760, small area cut out, not affecting signature

E. 250-350
230
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46
 
Arthur St. Clair. ALS, 1 page, datelined Greensburgh June 1, 1793, to John Kean, cashier of the Bank of the United States, instructing him to pay to James Hamilton $53, wear, punch holes affecting text and small internal tear in signature, tipped to sheet

E. 300-400
350
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47°
 
Roger Sherman. Signature on back of two 1764 Hartford documents, each Fine

E. 250-350
180
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48°
 
Edward Shippen. Colonist and 1st mayor of Philadelphia. ALS, 1 page, dated 1702, 3 x 5 in., written from Boston regarding land boundaries, Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
250
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49
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Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 49, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaRichard Dobbs Spaight, Richard Dobbs SpaightRichard Dobbs Spaight. Constitution Signer. Free frank ("Free Richd. D. Spaight") on ca. 1799-1802 folded cover to Raleigh, red "Phi 7 Ja" cds and matching "Free" of Philadelphia, scattered toned spots and mended tear, neither affecting signature, Fine and very scarce

E. 300-400
400
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50
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 50, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaRichard Stockton, Richard StocktonRichard Stockton. Signature with bold paraph as witness on Middlesex County N.J. document addressed to Elias Boudinot, dated 1764, evenly toned on back, Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,250
1,300
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51
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 51, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaThomas Stone, Thomas StoneThomas Stone. Signature on small piece, along with portion of IOU in his hand and signed Margaret Stone, his wife, and Grace Stone (daughter?) Fine and rare

E. 400-500
625
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52
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 52, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaBanastre Tarleton, Banastre TarletonBanastre Tarleton. ALS ("Ban: Tarleton Lt. Genl."), 1-1/2pp., 8 x 12-3/4 in., dated Jan. 2, 1804 at Bath, to Maj. Genl. Browning, regarding the unaccounted-for non-effectives of the Bristol Vol. Corps., Very Fine

E. 500-600
375
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53
 
Mathew Thornton. Signer. "Contents rceived Mathew Thornton" on 4-1/2 x 1-1/2 in piece dated Exeter May 22, 1778, Fine, rare

E. 300-400
350
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54°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 54, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaJohn Underhill, John UnderhillJohn Underhill. Colonial commander, delegate to the court in New Haven (1643) and Long Island (1665). ALS, 1 page, dated Dec. 1, 1661: "Sir Service presented to yourself & wife requesting that you would send me by this bearer the copies of yr orders for yr debt due to me from yr estate of Col. Mathews which will oblige yr advised friend & servant John Underhill" Fine, examples of Underhill's letters are very scarce

E. 500-600
500
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55
 
Bushrod Washington. ALS, 1 page, dated July 12, 1809 at Mount Vernon, to an unidentified correspondent. Judge Washington writes: "Enclosed is the subpa. agst. Henry Lee & will thank you to send me the attachment that I may attend to its service & return." In 1808-09, "Light Horse Harry" Lee, soldier & statesman, was imprisoned for debt. On back is docketed "Washington vs. Lee & c.", Very Fine

E. 400-500
475
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56°
 
Bushrod Washington. Signature on manuscript check dated Dec. 5, 1811 made payable to himself, file cancellation slightly affects "Bush", some toning

E. 100-150
210
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57
 
[West Point]. Document dated "West-point, jan. 16th, 1783," recommending B. Hamlin, a "Soldier of the Taunton Regt." for a furlough of 25 days, signed by Osgood Carleton, who fought in the French & Indian Wars and the Revolution, and who published important maps of Mass. and the District of Maine; matted & framed, Very Fine

E. 200-250
190
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58°
 
William Williams. Signature ("Wm. William 18/-"" on back of 1791 court writ, Fine

E. 200-250
0
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59
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 59, Colonial and 18th Century AmericaJohn Witherspoon, John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon. ALS, 1 page, 7-1/4 x 9 in., datelined "London March 15, 1784", to James French in Edinburgh, explains his delay in visiting Scotland (a severe cold), ending, "I have heard nothing from America since I left it except letters from Dr. Ramsay & his Wife from Charleston," with integral address leaf, early 19th Century ms. note inside listing his accomplishments, tipped to sheet, staining in address portion which slightly affects letters though well clear of signature, Fine and rare. Witherspoon had come to England in 1783 seeking funds for Princeton College, but found the people so bitter about the war that he refrained from any public solicitations

E. 2,500-3,000
6,000
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60
 
Group of Eight Signers. Ten pieces, mostly clipped signatures including John Hart (two, incl. sig. on currency), Stephen Hopkins. Francis Hopkinson (2, one on Continental draft), Philip Livingston (on fragment of printed document), Robert Morris (faulty), George Read, Roger Sherman, Mathew Thornton, Fine lot

E. 600-800
1,400
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61
 
17th & 18th Century Americana. 15 pieces, includes 1693 receipt (Boston), 1747 indenture, 2 printed "Morning Report of Captain" forms (unused), unused military warrant, 1760 tax notice, receipts from Brimfield Mass. (1745) and Woodstock Ct. (1743), etc., also three undated papers with listings of "Vessels of War" during the Revolution, Fine lot

E. 250-350
290
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62
 
18th Century Receipts and Accounting Sheets. 24, all in English, many are American, Fine group

E. 200-250
200
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