New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett

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New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett

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Auction Date:2017 Jan 11 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Physician and statesman from New Hampshire who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, and became the fourth governor of the state (1729–1795). Significant Revolutionary War–dated ADS, one page, 12.25 x 8.5, January 1, 1778. Financial document penned almost entirely in Bartlett’s hand, headed, “State of New Hampshire to Josiah Bartlett,” pertaining to “time and Expences between the 3d Day of September 1775 and the 9th Day of November 1776, Three Hundred & Ninety five Days at 30/pr Day as pr order of the Gen’l Assembly.” On the right side, Bartlett accounts for the funds: “By cash rec’d of…August 1775 to be accounted for, 140:0:0; By cash recei’d at Philadelphia as pr Receipt 30th Dec. 1775, 120:0:0; August 11th, 1776 by Cash Rec’d at Philadelphia, 120:0:0; May 1776 Rec’d Cash of the Treasr to be accounted for, 100:0:0; By Cash Rec’d for Jared Tracys, Bringing money from Philadelphia, 10:16:0.” After noting the total, Bartlett adds, “Errors Excepted pr Josiah Bartlett.” Endorsed below by Justice of the Peace Meshech Weare. Intersecting folds, uniform toning, scattered light spotting, a few light areas of soiling, three trivial areas of separation along the central vertical fold, rough edges with a few small tears, and show-through from writing on the reverse, otherwise very good condition.

This outstanding financial account outlines payment for Bartlett’s time served in the Continental Congress between September 1775 and November 1776. When the issue of declaring independence from Great Britain was brought forth in 1776, Bartlett was the first representative to be asked and the first to respond in the affirmative. On August 2, he became the second person to add his name to the Declaration of Independence, following Congressional President John Hancock. As this document indicates, Bartlett reaped the fruits of his labor days later: “August 11th, 1776 by Cash Rec’d at Philadelphia, 120:0:0.” Weare was a revolutionary statesman who served as the first president of New Hampshire from 1776 to 1785.