Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814). Graduated Harvard in 1762, Governor of
Massachusetts 1810-1812, “Gerrymandering” was named for him; elected Vice
President under James Madison and signer of the Declaration of Independence
and the Articles of Confederation, from Massachusetts. Gerry died in a coach on his
way to the Senate, as Vice President under James Madison. Partially printed
document signed on August 12, 1811, appointing Benjamin McKindry a Captain
in the 2nd Regiment of Infantry. Partially toned; signature is large and bold;
center fold is starting; overall, very good.
George Ross (1730-1779). Jurist and signer of the Declaration of Independence from
Pennsylvania. Manuscript document signed “G: Ross” with peraph, one page, 8” x
12” February, 1757; Lancaster County. Lightly toned, Japanese paper repair to
center fold, not affecting signature.
Philip Livingston (1716-1778). Revolutionary patriot, member of the Continental Congress (1774-1778),
graduated Yale in 1737 and signer of the Declaration of Independence from New York. Manuscript
document signed “Ph: Livingston” on obverse; one page, 7 ½” x 5 ¼” being a bill for various building
materials; May 1, 1769. light toning, list is fading, but signature is clear and bold; small repair to
edge; very good.
[Signer; Declaration and Constitution]
George Clymer (1739-1813). Founder and President of the Bank of
Philadelphia, merchant, member of Congress, signer of the Constitution and
signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania. Partly printed
document signed “Geo. Clymer” one page, 7 ¾” x 6 ½” dated March 2,
1789. Payment voucher for forty pounds ten schillings as payment to Clymer
for 54 days of service as a member of the Assembly; signed in ink by Clymer
on the verso. Lightly toned, one fold starting, but very good.
William Williams (1731-1811). Graduated Harvard in 1751, businessman, patriot
and signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut. Autograph
document signed “Wm. Williams” one page, 9” x 13” dated April 4, 1785. The
present legal document is regarding common land: “We the subscribers bring
by the proprietors of the common (sic) undivided lands, in Lebanon, appointed a
committee and agents to sue, and prosecute to final judgement and execution, all
persons who have committed any trespass on such common land……” Damp
stain in lower left, not affecting signature, lightly toned, wear at folds; overall very
good, with a fine, bold signature.
[Signer Declaration & Constitution]
James Wilson (1742-1798).
Jurist, U. S. Supreme Court
Justice, author and signer of
the Declaration of
Pennsylvania. Wilson authored
the Pennsylvania state
constitution of 1790 and
was a key member of the
committee to draft the U. S.
Constitution. Partly printed document signed “Wilson” on verso, one page, 13” x 4” April 27, 1776,
Cumberland County Pennsylvania; being a court warrant ordering the sheriff to confiscate goods. Lightly
toned, very good with a bold signature.
Robert Treat Paine
Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814). Legislator, Jurist and signer of the
Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts. Graduated Harvard in
1749; member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776) was
instrumental in suppressing Shay’s Rebellion. Partly printed document signed
twice on verso “R T Paine” one page 7 ½” x 6 ½” January 17, 1769; very
good with minor browning along folds, not affecting signatures.
James Smith (1719-1806). Lawyer, member of the Continental Congress (1776 &
1777); signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania.
Manuscript document signed 8 ¼” x 12 ½” one page, April 30, 1783, browned at
folds; very good.
Charles Carroll (1736-1832). Member of the Continental Congress (1776-
1778), U. S. Senator, an original director of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
and signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. Carroll was
educated locally (in Maryland) by the Society of Jesus and in their colleges at
St. Omer, Flanders, Rheims and Paris and he studied law in London. It was
said that Carroll was the wealthiest man in America in the early 1800’s.
Autograph letter signed “Ch. Carroll of Carrollton” one page, n.p. January 8,
1825; 8” x 9 ¾”. A well written and interesting letter about business
matters, to William Gibbons; in part:
“In your letter of 31st Dec’r. you write in speaking of the wheat sold by
Hitchcock from the Folly ‘one part of it you have in the Folly accounts I gave
you, & the balance $106.17 since received has been applied to the purchase
of 2 horses which cost $126’ - I do not remember your having given me any
account above mentioned I think your are mistaken…..” [The Folly was a
farm near Baltimore].
A very good example of Carroll’s day to day business dealings and a fine example of his signature.
Thomas Hayward (1746-1809). Planter, jurist, revolutionary
soldier and signer of the Declaration of Independence from South
Carolina. Partially printed document signed “Thos. Hayward
Junr.” One page,13” x 8” dated July 5, 1785, being a summons
for Thomas Serven and James Fogartie, executors of the last will
& testament of John Garden…to be and appear before the
Justices………….Docketed on verso by the sheriff that the order
had been carried out. Very good, small hole in one letter of
An officer in the Revolutionary War, Thomas Hayward was captured by the British in 1780. His slaves
were then sold to sugar planters in Jamaica.
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