President John Adams Handwritten Document

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Featured here is a desirable, lengthy example from this sought-after founding father beautifully custom framed with photo. Unsigned handwritten document, one page, 6 x 7.5, 1767. An itemized bill for work done by Benjamin Tirrillo on a boat belonging to William Price, penned entirely in Adams’s hand. He writes out sixteen lines of expenses incurred by Tirrillo, including “To a strap for the Stern and two long spikes,” “To Spikes & Deck Nails and a strap for mast,” “To working on your boat 10 days,” “To a journey to Boston,” and “To sixty feet Boards.” Adams adds up the figures for a total owed of £4.4.9. In fine condition, with tiny edge separations to vertical folds. With it is a nice high quality glossy 8×10 reprint photo of John Adams from an original oil painting. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials. Overall size framed is 22.25 x 16.5″. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger. A full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA will accompany this piece. 

By the time of this document Adams was established as a well-respected lawyer in Boston and had recently emerged on the political stage as a leader of the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765. 

 John Adams, Jr. (October 30 [O.S. October 19] 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as thesecond President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–97),[1] and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.[2] Adams was a political theorist in the Age of Enlightenment who promoted republicanism and a strong central government. His innovative ideas were frequently published. He was also a dedicated diarist and correspondent, particularly with his wife and key advisor Abigail.

 

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Continental Army General William Moultrie DS as Governor of SC

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Partly-printed DS, signed on verso “Will’m Moultrie,” and also signed by Peter Bremar. One page, both sides, April 27th 1787. There is a second document with a picture of the land and Peter Bremar signs again. As governor of South Carolina, Moultrie grants Benjamin Pearce “a Plantation or Tract of Land, containing One thousand Acres….” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, partial separations and paper loss, and scattered foxing and staining. Archival tape has been applied in many locations throughout the document by a former collector but damage does not affect any of the signatures that are bold and crisp. Photo not included. 

Moultrie was a General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and later governor of South Carolina (1730–1805). 

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Declaration of Independence Signer Samuel Huntington Signature

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1731–1796) and seventh president of the Continental Congress. Ink signature, “Samuel 

Huntington,” on an off-white 4 x 1.75 slip clipped from the body of a partly-printed document filled out in Huntington’s hand. In fine condition, with light toning. Great for framing. 

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Continental Army General Henry Knox Autograph Letter Signed


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ALS from Henry Knox signed “H. Knox,” November 16, 1785, written by Knox while serving as secretary of war for the Continental Congress, in part: “Gave the necessary certificate to Mr. Gilchrist to enable him to settle the account. I imagine he must have received the money, as I made the arrangement with the treasury board for payment instantly”. Writing is a shade light but overall very good. A rare ALS from the famed General and perfect for framing. Photo not included.

Henry Knox (July 25, 1750 – October 25, 1806) was a military officer of the Continental Army and later the United States Army, who also served as the first United States Secretary of War from 1789–1794.

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Declaration of Independence Signer James Wilson Document Signed

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A nice bold Endorsement signature in ink from James Wilson on a partly-printed document on January 21, 1775, regarding a debt settlement between James Faries and James W. Lane, signed on the reverse, “Wilson.” In overall very good condition. Photo not included.

James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he represented Pennsylvania, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theorist, he was one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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British General Charles Cornwallis Autograph Letter Signed

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Featured here is a beautifully custom framed ALS signed “Cornwallis,” one page, 7.25 x 5.5, no date. In part: “The bearer appears to me by the inclosed letter to be in great distress—you will leave for his the sum that is absolutely necessary, as I do not mean to be unpaid.” Cornwallis adds a brief postscript to the lower left. In fine condition, with trimmed edges, and a small edge chip. With it is a nice circa 1850s hand colored portrait print. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials. Overall size framed is 13 X 19.25”. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger.

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG (31 December 1738 – 5 October 1805), styled Viscount Brome between 1753 and 1762 and known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 and 1792, was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence. His surrender in 1781 to a combined American and French force at the Siege of Yorktown ended significant hostilities in North America. 

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Revolutionary War Hero Oliver Ellsworth War Date Document Signed

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Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed by Oliver Ellsworth and dated January 7, 1777. This is a pay order signed at the conclusion, “O. Ellsworth”. Overall fine.

Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 – November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Revolutionary War Hero Oliver Ellsworth War Date Document Signed

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Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed by Oliver Ellsworth and dated June 9, 1778. This is a pay order signed at the conclusion, “O. Ellsworth”. Overall fine.

Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 – November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Declaration Of Independence Signer Thomas Heyward Autograph

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina (1746–1809). Ink signature, “Tho. Heyward, Jr.,” on an off-white 3.25 x 1.5 slip clipped from a document. There is a small area of ink erosion, a horizontal fold passing through the top of the signature, and show-through from writing to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Perfect for framing with a nice photo of the Patriot.

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Continental Army General Henry Knox Letter Signed

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Signed as Secretary of War. One page, 7.75″ x 9″. War Department; March 9, 1793. Knox writes to Samuel Hodgdon concerning military stores. In full: “Sir. Please to inform me what are the military stores which are preparing in this townunder your inspection for the State of South Carolina.” All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Overall size is 21 X 15 and includes a beautiful high quality reproduction photo of an original painting by Gilbert Stuart in 1806. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger.

Near fine condition with slight separations at the folds along the right margin. Light toning throughout.

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Knox (1750-1824) achieved fame as a general in the Revolutionary Army and later served as secretary of war from 1789 to 1794 under President George Washington.

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King George III of Britain Autograph Letter Signed

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ALS signed “GR,” one page, 7 x 8.5, March 18, 1788. In full: “There cannot be the smallest objection to Baron Nogell’s having tomorrow an Audience to deliver his Letters of Recall as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and at the same time taking up the Character His Predecessor enjoyed.” In fine condition, with light toning and a couple small edge tears. Beautifully matted and framed with a nice engraving of the King. Ready for your wall.

King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 until his death in 1820 whose reign was marked most notably by the loss of British control over the American colonies.

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Declaration of Independence Signer Samuel Huntington War Date Manuscript DS

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1731–1796) and seventh President of the Continental Congress. Manuscript DS, signed “Sam’l Huntington,” one page, 7.75 x 12.5, August 21, 1777. State of Connecticut expense report totaling £14.1.1 for “Attending the committee at Springfield,” signed at the conclusion by Huntington to confirm receipt. Professionally and archivally double-matted and framed with a nameplate and portrait to an overall size of 20 x 19.5. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and some show-through from docketing to reverse.

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Continental Army General Marquis de Lafayette ALS

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ALS in English, signed “Lafayette,” one page, 6 x 7.75, no date. Letter to a gentleman. In part: “Will you allow me, instead of coming, to send the carriage as I am obliged to pay a visit…I will beg permission to stop on my return at M. Benjamin Constant’s…the carriage may take you…and come again for me at B. Constant’s.” Also addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Lafayette’s hand. A carte-de-visite portraying Lafayette is affixed to the blank area at the bottom of the letter. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and uniform toning. Constant, a political activist and writer on politics and religion, was a prominent champion of civil liberties and a close friend of Lafayette. This item would be very suitable for framing.

Lafayette was a French statesman and military officer (1757–1834) who became an intimate associate of George Washington and who advanced the American cause on both sides of the Atlantic. Though he espoused many of the principles behind the French Revolution while advocating a limited monarchy, extremist elements in the French Assembly declared him a traitor, whereupon he was jailed for five years. In 1824–1825 he revisited America, where he was hailed as a hero and granted a generous stipend and parcel of land.

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Major General Nathaniel Goodwin Autograph Document Signed

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Here is a one page, 8.25″ x 8″, n.p., n.d. war-dated document to Gen. Thomas Lincoln. Gen. Nathaniel Goodwin (1748-1819) orders the removal of Nathaniel Staples as captain of the third regiment. Goodwin served in the militia throughout the Revolutionary War, rising to major general of militia until his death. There is some staining at the lower edge with minor separation of the fold. Paper loss at the right edge from opening. Addressed on the verso. This would look great framed up with a nice photo of the General.

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President John Adams hand addressed panel

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Featured here is a very rare and beautiful hand-addressed panel measuring 5.5” x 2.25”, addressed by Adams to “The Honourable Benjamin W. Crowningshield, Secretary for the Department of the Navy, Washington,” along with “Mr. Dix” to the lower left. This is a wonderfully clean, attractive example of the early statesman’s handwriting.  This comes handsomely matted and framed with a carte-de-visite portrait of Adams from the Brady National Gallery to an overall size of 9.5” x 11.75”. In fine condition, with trivial toning to the bottom edge. A certificate of Authenticity will accompany this piece.

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Declaration of Independence Signer James Wilson Autograph

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Here is a wonderful autograph by a Declaration of Independence signer from Pennsylvania (1742–1798), James Wilson, and one of only six men who signed both the Declaration and the US Constitution. This is a desirable ink endorsement signature, “Wilson,” crisply penned on the reverse of a partly-printed document, one page, 8.25” x 6.75”, July 28, 1770. The document concerns a debt settlement between James Brotherton and Joseph Cook. Clerical financial notations dated October 1770 appear above Wilson’s signature. In very good condition, with partial separations to folds and some toning and chipping to edges. A certificate of authenticity will accompany this piece

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Revolutionary War General Samuel B. Webb War-date document signed


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This is an incredible Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “Sam’l B. Webb Col. Com’d Lt Infty,” one page, 9.25 x 5, November 9, 1782. Document submitted to the committee of pay table, state of Connecticut. In part: “This may certify that Jonathan Butler served in my Regiment the year 1780 at the end of said year he was discharged.” Includes the corresponding partly-printed receipt signed by Butler, “Jonathan Butler,” dated December 19, 1782, in part: “Received, of Pay-Table-Committee, their Order on the Treasurer of this State, to secure the Payment of Twenty five pounds four shillings and five pence.” Revolutionary War general (1753–1807) who commanded a company of light infantry and took part in the
Battle of Bunker Hill before serving under Israel Putnam and George Washington. This would be a fantastic addition to your Revolutionary War collection. Toned intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), otherwise fine condition. Certificate of authenticity is included.

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Revolutionary War General Artemas Ward War-Dated Document Signed 

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Here is a fantastic partly-printed DS, one page, 12 x 11, January 1, 1778. The document appoints Samuel Parish as “Lieutenant of the Company commanded by Abner Crane Esqr raised for the Defence of the New England States.” Signed on the left side by seven members of the council: Artemus Ward, Moses Gill, Jeremiah Powell, Benjamin White, Daniel Hopkins, Walter Spooner, and John Whetcomb. Also countersigned at the conclusion by John Avery as secretary. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. Matted and framed to an overall size of 16 x 15 and ready for the wall. Many separations to heavy intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through signatures), various toned tape repairs, some tears and small areas of paper loss, and scattered soiling, otherwise very good condition. 

Major general in the Revolutionary War (1727–1800), second in command to George Washington, and, later, congressman from Massachusetts.

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Revolutionary War Autograph Letter Signed-Clinton Beatty

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Featured here is a fascinating and historically important ALS signed “Clinton,” one page, 7.5 x 12.25, written on January 28, 1775. Letter from Clinton Beatty to his brother Erkuries discussing the drift toward war just months before Lexington and Concord. In part: “Your letter contained such great sentiments of patriotism. You expect each one of us is preparing for an expected war. Believe me we are not such patriots here as you imagine. We care not what Great Britain is going to do. We are not anxious to instruct ourselves in the military arts. We hope we shall never have occasion to be conversant in military affairs. But I must confess it is a laudable design to prepare for what is doubtful. And also you are not to blame in learning the exercises and in being willing to stand up for your country. A coward is a despicable creature, unworthy of the company of men, and he ought to be reckoned a brute than a man who will not defend Liberty and Country.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered foxing and toning, a few edge tears, and show-through from the address panel to the reverse. This offers a stunning window into the thoughts and sentiments of the average colonist of the time. Perfect for framing and would be the perfect addition to your Revolutionary War collection.

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Revolutionary War Pay Order

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Featured here is a fantastic Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, one page, 7.75 x 6.25, May 22, 1780. Pay order issued to Aaron Benjamin. In full: “Pay Lieut. Aaron Benjamin Nineteen hundred & nine Pounds eleven Shillings Cont. Curr’y and charge the State.” Signed at the conclusion by a committee member and an auditor, and signed on the reverse by Benjamin upon receipt of the money. Cloth-matted and framed with a color image of ‘The Spirit of ’76’ and a small plaque to an overall size of 23 x 14.5. Ready for your wall! Intersecting folds, scattered toning, and some show-through from endorsement and docketing on reverse, otherwise fine condition. Benjamin enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1775 and served until 1815 as a part of several Connecticut regiments.

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President John Adams Handwritten Document

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Featured here is a wonderful unsigned handwritten document, one page, 4 x 6.25, written in July 1763 in the hand of President and founding father, John Adams. Adams writes out a bill for legal services in the amount of £2.2.10, with itemized costs for “Writ, serv.,” “Entry,” “Fee,” “Trav. 30 miles,” and “Attend 10 days.” This piece has been expertly suede-matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Adams to an overall size of 20 x 15. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold and trimmed edges. Beautiful wall hanger and a great item for the collector. 

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