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Selections from A Collection of Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Generals and Early Founders

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Scott Winslow Associates, Inc

Selections from A Collection of Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Generals and Early Founders

July, 2011

Dear Collector:

We’re pleased to present a few selections from a large private collection we’ve recently acquired. The collection was painstakingly assembled over many years by a soldier returning home from service at the end of World War II. His experience in the war and America’s painful struggle had incited a strong patriotic appreciation for the United States and the sacrifices that had been made by those who built the foundation of our nation. As such his collecting interests were focused primarily on founding fathers, signers of the Declaration of Independence, Washington and Generals of the Revolution and Colonial Figures. This offering is but a sampling of items from the collection. If you have any questions or interests, please call us at 800-225-6233.

Scott Winslow

Thomas Jefferson Appoints A Carpenter In The Navy

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Third President and author of the Declaration of Independence.DS. On vellum. 1 page. 12 ¾” x 8”. Washington, June 6, 1803. Jefferson appoints “Robert Fell…a carpenter in the Navy of the United States…” Robert Fell served as a carpenter from 1803 to 1820. Jefferson’s signature remains strong as does the countersignature of Robert Smith. Folds, fine. $7,500

A Choice Bold Benjamin Franklin Signature

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution; Inventor; Author; Statesman; Diplomat; Scientist; Printer; Philanthropist. Signature cut from a letter or document measures 3 ½ x 1 ¼”. Mounted to a larger with a portrait of Franklin which measures 6 ½” x 7 ½”. A superb, bold signature, “B. Franklin”. Excellent for display. $6,500

New Hampshire Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Mathew Thornton

mthornton.gifMathew Thornton (c. 1714-1803). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire; Revolutionary patriot; Physician. Signature cut from a larger document. 5” x 1”. “Londonderry, Sept. 29, 1768…from Mathew Thornton” Fine. $575

George Washington Unsigned Note

rn245c.gif GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799). First President of the United States; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; President of the Constitutional Convention and signer of the U.S. Constitution. 8” x 4”. Autograph note entirely in Washington’s hand. (circa 1796). “Pray get me one of those Thermometers that te lls the state of the Mercury with in the 24 hours – Doct’r Priestly or Mr. Madison can tell where it is to be had. – Perhaps the old one, if nothing better may do to present to Mr. Snowden according to his letter to me – left with you.” Washington’s diaries show a farmer’s preoccupation with the weather. The first mention of the thermometer therein appears to be January 9, 1785; thereafter daily entries made at Mount Vernon almost always refer to the mercury of the thermometer, usually with readings taken three times each day. Complete as written by Washington without a signature. The bottom margin of the paper remains as manufactured, thus no signature was ever applied. $7,500

Revolutionary War Soldier’s Discharge Signed By George Washington

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GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799). First President of the United States; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; President of the Constitutional Convention and signer of the U.S. Constitution. 9 ¼” x 14”. Manuscript Document Signed by George Washington. “By His Excellency George Washington Esq. General & Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America. These are to certify that the bearer here of Jabez Goslin, Soldier in the 7th Massachusetts Regiment enlisted for three years having by permission procured a man to serve the term for which he was engaged is here by discharged the American Army. Given at Head Quarters this 10th day of June 1783. George Washington”. Signed by David Cobb Lt. Col. Comd. Aid de Camp. DAVID COBB (1748 – 1830). Massachusetts physician, military officer, juritst and politician who served as a U. S. Congressman from Massachusetts. “Registered in the Books of the Regiment” Signed Jon. Haskell Adjutant. JONATHAN HASKELL (1755 – 1814) United States Army officer who served as acting Adjutant General and acting Inspector General of the U.S. Army. The document has been repaired and Silked. $12,500

Oliver Wolcott Signs For The Payment Of A Company Of Soldiers Just One Month After Lexington and Concord


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Oliver Wolcott (1726-1797). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut; Connecticut governor. Trained as a medical doctor, Wolcott never practiced, but instead devoted himself to a career in the legal and public arenas. Elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, with the exception of one term, he served in that body until 1783. During the war, when not preoccupied with his political responsibilities, Wolcott was active in military affairs. In the summer of 1776, as brigadier-general he commanded 14 regiments that helped defend New York. By 1779, he had been appointed a major-general and, in 1780, was appointed to Connecticut’s executive committee for the prosecution of the war. After the war, he negotiated numerous treaties with the Indians, and was elected Connecticut governor in 1796, serving in that post until his death.

DS. 1 page. 8 ½” x 6”. Hartford, May 19, 1775. To John Lawrence, Treasurer. “Sir, We having examined duplicate and attested rolls of the non commission officers and soldiers of the second military company in the 17th regiment, under the command of Capt. Roger Marsh, who have been trained the half days in obedience to an act of the general assembly in October last, find due to said company for said services twenty six pounds fifteen shillings money Your are therefore ordered to pay out of said treasury to said Capt. Robert Marsh said sum of Twenty six pounds fifteen shillings, who is to pay said officers and soldiers according to the tenor of on of said rolls committed to him.” Wolcott boldly signs a the lower right. A nice early date for this military related document signed by the soon to be signer of the Declaration of Independence. One small archival tape repair on verso. Fine. $900

Samuel Huntington Signs A Military Appointment while President of Continental Congress

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Samuel Huntington (1731-1796). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut. Active in the judicial and legislative affairs of Connecticut prior to the revolution, Huntington served in the Continental Congress 1775-84 and was its president 1779-81. During the revolution, he also served on numerous state committees, such as the Council of Safety, and served as Connecticut governor 1786-96.

DS. On vellum. 1 page. 10 ¼” x 6 ¼”. Philadelphia, May 30, 1780. An appointment of Giles Hicks as a Captain Lieutenant in the tenth Pennsylvania Regiment. Giles Hicks served in the Continental army from April of 1777 until his resignation in March of 1781 Signed by Huntington while serving as President of Continental Congress. His signature remains strong though the text portion of the document has experienced significant fading, though still discernable. Countersigned by Timothy Matlack and Benjamin Stoddert though the latter’s remains light. Fine. $2,000

Delaware Signer of The Declaration of Independence, George Read

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George Read (1733 – 1798). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware, delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware. Partial DS. 1 page. July 17, 1784. 7 ¾” x 2 ½”. A portion of a legal document entering a judgement. Signed “Geo. Read, 17th July 1784.” $750

Caesar Rodney

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Caesar Rodney (1728-1784). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware; Statesman. Rodney was active in the public affairs of Delaware before the revolution, and was in large part responsible for Delaware’s contribution to the struggle for independence. ADS. 1 page. 9 ¼” x 3”. Cut from a larger legal document. “Dover, Dec. 20, 1774. Thou Recvd. Of Thomas Crammer the sum of seven pounds, ten shillings principal, and twenty one pounds, eighteen shillings and five pence three farthings interest in full for the first, second, third and fourth years payments of the within mortgage, and the interest thereon to this day. Caesar Rodney, Trustee” Mounted to a heavier card stock, center fold split. $1,750

Signer of the Declaration of Independence From Georgia

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George Walton (1741-1804). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia; Public official. Walton was an ardent patriot who helped draw up the Articles of Association, served in the Continental Congress and as president of the Council of Safety, and signed the Declaration of Independence. Captured at the siege of Savannah, Walton was considered so important by the British that they demanded a brigadier-general in exchange for him. After the war, Walton served variously as Georgia governor, senator, and Superior Court judge. ADS. 1 page. 8” x 4 ¼”. No place. July 30, 1784. “Carpenter’s compasses & a small chisel”. Fine. $575

Lafayette to Peter Duponceau

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LAFAYETTE, MARQUIS de (Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier) (1757-1834). French statesman; General in American service during the American Revolution. LS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 9”. Written entirely in French. To Peter Duponceau. “Paris, 25, 1829. This letter will be delivered to you, my dear Comrade in Arms, by Messers. Raigecourt and Schullembourgh, who are taking a journey to you in the United States. The first belongs to a French Family whose name will be familiar to you. The second is the grandson of the famous defender of Corfou against the Turks. Both were recommended to me by close friends, and I am pleased to be able to give them some introductions for the pleasing regions which are for them, I am sure, most worthy of visiting. I request that you give, my dear Comrade in Arms, your kind attentions to them, and I repeat to you the expression of my very fond friendship. Lafayette” Address leaf in Lafayette’s hand. Fine example for display. $1250

Revolutionay War Major General In The Continental Army

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Alexander McDougall (ca. 1731 – 1786). Major general in the Continental Army, a member of the Sons of Liberty, Continental Congressman. ADS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 4 ½”. Sept. 5, 1775. To Peter T. Corthenius, “The Artillery will want 100 yards of Flanning, at least for the cannon. As they are gone up & this article will be absolutely necessary I beg you to purchase it immediately, as I shall have an opportunity this day to send it. I am sir, your humble servant, Alexr. McDougall” Tipped on outer edges to another sheet. Nice war date document signed by this scarce general. $575

American Revolutionary War General Enoch Poor

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Enoch Poor (1736 – 1780). Brigadier General in the Continental Army, shipbuilder, merchant. Cut signature 3 ½” x ¾”. Mounted to a larger sheet with a portrait. “Enoch Poor, B. Gen’l.” Scarce. Fine. $275

American Revolutionary War General Who Struck Down Button Gwinnett in A Duel

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Lachlan McIntosh (1725 – 1806). American general during the American revolution. Killed Button Gwinnett in a duel on held on May 16, 1777. ALS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 8 ½”. July 24, 1775. To George Houstoun, Merchant, Savannah; “Dear Sir, I wrote to you the 20th Inst. Way of ( ) concerning my two Negro fellows, Ben & Glascow, who are in the Work House in Charlestown forgot to inclose John Simpson & Co. letter mentioned in it, which this is intended to convey – and hope you will do all you can to sell them for the best advantage to me. Pray try if you can send me some rum… as I am quite out. I am yours, Lachn. McIntosh” Folds and tape repair on verso. $1500

A Rare Free Frank Signed By General Daniel Morgan, Leader of the Famed Morgan’s Riflemen

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Daniel Morgan (1736 – 1802). Commanded the rifle regiment known as “Morgan’s Riflemen”. One of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the war, Morgan reached his rank as a Brigadier General in 1780. In 1794 he served to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania. He served as a congressman from Virginia from 1797 – 1799. Free franked address leaf. Leaf measures overall 9 ½” x 7”, irregular. Backed by another sheet. To Mr. William Proudman, Merchant, Alexandria. Docket indicates the letter was written March 10, 1798. A rare Morgan free frank. $1,250

Major General During the American Revolution, William Smallwood

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William Smallwood (1732 – 1792). Major general during the American Revolution, governor of Maryland. Signature with rank cut from a larger document. 4 ¾” x 1”. W. Smallwood, M.G.” Mounted to a portrait of Smallwood measuring 5 ¼” x 7 ½” overall. $450

Scarce War Date Letter Signed by General Joseph Spencer With Rank

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Joseph Spencer (1714 – 1789). Major general during the American Revolution, delegate to Continental Congress. LS. 1 page. Providence, 23, Feby. 1778. To Andrew Huntington, a Norwich merchant; “Sir, You will please to send forward the provisions in your care for the use of the army according to the Particluar direction or orders of Capt. Watermans who is at present the Spring Commissary at this place.” Boldly signed by Spencer with rank at the conclusion, “Jos. Spencer, M.G.” Spencer letters of war date are quite scarce. Folds. Excellent. $900

Revolutionary War Physician James Thacher Writes of Preparations For General Lafayette’s Visit During His Grand Tour Of America

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James Thacher (1754 – 1844). Served as a Surgeon in the Massachusetts 16th regiment from 1775 – 1783. Following the war, he served in private practice in Plymouth, Mass. until his death. He was the author of Military Journal during the American Revolutionary War (1823); Observations Relative to the Execution of Major John André as a Spy in 1780 (1834); American New Dispensatory (1810; fourth edition, 1821); and other books.

ALS. 1 page. Plymouth, May 25, 1825. To Nathan Lazell of South Bridgewater, Massachusetts; “Dear Sir: I take the libert to inform you that a committee of ten persons is chosen by the town to make & superintend the arrangements for the reception of General Lafayette. It is not ascertained whether he will visit this town before or after the Bunker Hill business. It is decided by our committee that our arrangements shall be confined to our out town and we shall receive the General at the Kingston line. I will suggest whether it will not be proper & respectful for the Bridgewater troop of horse to meet the General either at Whitings or Hanover & escort him on his way here & unite with us in our arrangements. Presuming that you will feel an interest on the occasion I make the suggestion, but without authority, for your consideration, but I wish it may not be know that I have written you on the subject. I am your friend & humble servant, James Thacher.” P.S. “Perhaps you may think proper to invite the Gen’l to return through Bridgewater”.

Upon the invitation of President Monroe, General Lafayette visited the United States from August 1824 – September 1825 to tour the United States in celebration of the nation’s fiftieth anniversary. This letter offers an interesting insight into the detailed reparations involved in the tour.

Folds, Fine. $575

Governor Thomas Hutchinson Authorizes A Supplies Request From The Armorer At Fort Pownall

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Thomas Hutchinson (1711 – 1780). Royal Governor of Massachusetts. DS. 1 page. 6” x 4”. August 16, 1770. In response to a request from the Armorer at Fort Pownal for supplies, Hutchinson signs his approval. “In Council, Aug. 16, 1770. Advised that the Commissary General procure the within articles and forward them as soon as may be ordered accordingly. The body of the text is in a secretarial hand.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Thomas Hutchinson.

Fort Pownall was constructed in Maine in 1760 under the direction of then governor Thomas Pownall to secure the region from the Norridgewock and Penobscot Indians. During the Revolution, it was primarily destroyed by Continental forces after it had been plundered by the British. Folds. Fine. $575

Connecticut Revolutionary War General Samuel H. Parsons

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Samuel H. Parsons (1737-1789). Revolutionary War general. A heavy financial contributor to the government during the war, Parsons became preoccupied with his financial security after the war, and became heavily involved in land speculation prior to his accidental death. In 1785, Congress named him a commissioner to extinguish Indian claims to the territory northwest of the Ohio. He was very active in the formation of the Ohio Company, formed to secure lands for Revolutionary War soldiers in exchange for their government pay-certificates, and in 1787 was made a director of the company. Late that year, he was appointed the first judge in the Northwest Territory. Brief Autograph Endorsement Signed. 6 ½” x 2”. “Hartford, May 20, 1774. Received of Treasurer Lawrence the Contents. Saml. H. Parsons”. Partial text on verso. In excellent condition and nice for display. $395

Virginia Signer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Harrison Document Signed

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BENJAMIN HARRISON (1726 – 1791). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. He was an American planter and revolutionary leader; a representative to the House of Burgesses. His son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison would both become President of the United States. 7 ¼” x 4 ¼” tipped to a slightly larger backing paper. Document Signed by Benjamin Harrison. Council Chamber, June 14, 1784. “I do Certify, That LeRoy Edwards is entitled to the proportion of land allowed a Captain of the Continental line, for his seventh year’s service.” Signed by Thomas Meriwether and Benjamin Harrison. $900

Document Certifying the Payment for Supplying the French Army During the Revolutionary War Signed by Virginia Signer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Nelson, Jr.

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THOMAS NELSON, JR. (1738 – 1789). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. He was a soldier, statesman and Virginia Governor in 1781. 13” x 8” tipped to a slightly larger backing paper. Hanover, December 14, 1781. A receipted bill from Richard Morris, agent to supply the French Army. The bill is signed by Thomas Nelson, Jr. when he was Governor of Virginia – certifying that he had appointed Richard Morris as agent to buy and pay for supplies needed for the French Army. $19,500

George Wythe Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia ADS

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GEORGE WYTHE (1726-1806). Lawyer, politician and Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. He was a prime thinker in the Enlightenment and law and taught many famous lawyers, including Jefferson, John Marshall and Henry Clay. He served in the House of Burgesses, as a Virginia judge and was the first law professor in America at William and Mary. The childless lawyer was poisoned by his nephew and the prime beneficiary of his will. 7 1/8” x 6 1/8”. Orange County (Virginia), undated but 1747. As the 21 year old attorney for the plaintiff, Wythe explains that John Clayton (the defendant), on June 3, 1747, gave Anthony Strother (the plaintiff) a “certain Note in Writing …(and) did promise to pay to the said Anthony…on Demand the Sum of Five Pounds and six Shillings. He has not paid him yet….” Signed Wythe for the pl. at the conclusion. $2,500

Massachusetts Militia Commission Signed as Governor by Samuel Adams

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SAMUEL ADAMS (1722-1803). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts; Revolutionary patriot. Adams was the leading spokesman for American independence, giving many speeches and serving on many committees towards that cause. He vehemently opposed the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, and British colonial policy in general, and was one of the organizers of the Boston Tea Party. His constant criticism of the British contributed to the tensions which lead to the Boston Massacre (1770). Of Adams it has been said, “Temperament and circumstances combined to give Samuel Adams but one occupation-the public business; in which he demonstrated a passionate and unquestioned faith in the virtue of the cause he served. This is perhaps the principle key to the quality and the success of all his labors” (DAB). 14 ½” x 9”. DS. July 18, 1796. “To Benjamin Butterfield Gentleman Greeting You being appointed Lieutenant of a Company in the Seventh Regiment /Second Brigade/ Third Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth……”

JAMES BRADLEY VARNUM (1751 – 1821). U.S. politician from Massachusetts. Seventh Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dated Middlesex – Chelmsford, September 12th 1796. Signed on verso verifying that “Personally appeared Lieut. Benjamin Butterfield and took and satisfied the oaths and Declarations pointed out by the Constitution as prerequisites to his Entering on the duties of the office assigned him by the within Commission . Before J. B. Varnum Colonel”.

Signed by Samuel Adams as Governor and Commander in Chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Paper loss at bottom center at fold. $2,500

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland, Samuel Chase ADS

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SAMUEL CHASE (1741 – 1811). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 6” x 3” tipped to a larger paper measuring 7” x 4 1/8” overall. Dated Baltimore October 1, 1808. “The President, Director and Company, of the Bank of the United States – Ten days after Date, Pay David Harris, Esq. or order, Eight hundred, and Seventy five Dollars. Samuel Chase.” Monted to another sheet. Fine. $2,500

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