RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts Featuring The Founding Fathers

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Beginning with a selection of fantastic early American history—the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War—RR Auction’s July Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts over 1,000 lots. Top items include a 1776 autograph letter by General George Washington, a document from rare Declaration signer George Taylor, a book from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, and a manuscript by John Jay, tracking claims by New York’s Loyalists. An additional special highlight of the auction is an exceedingly rare autograph letter by Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, dated 1543. Other lots of significance are letters by Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Horatio Nelson, Lord Byron, and Barack Obama. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in July 2018.
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
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Declaration of Independence Force Print1 - Declaration of Independence Force Print
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Striking rice paper engraving of the Declaration of Independence, 25.5 x 29, printed by Peter Force in 1848 for inclusion in his series American Archi
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Samuel Adams2 - Samuel Adams
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Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed “Samuel Adams Secr'y,” one page, 4.25 x 3.5, September 4, 1776. In full: "This may Certify th...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Josiah Bartlett3 - Josiah Bartlett
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Tiny metal wax seal featuring the profile portrait of Josiah Bartlett, acquired from the 1989 auction of contents from the Josiah Bartlett Homestead a
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Carter Braxton4 - Carter Braxton
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia (1736–1797) who was one of the wealthiest and most powerful plantation owners in the colony. R
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Charles Carroll of Carrollton5 - Charles Carroll of Carrollton
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Third-person autograph document, signed within the text, “Charles Carroll Esquire,” one page, 9 x 3.5, February 15, 1775. In full: "The Fifteen...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Clark6 - Abraham Clark
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey (1726-1794). Rare ink signature, "Cepi Corpus Custody, Abra: Clark,” on an off-white ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Declaration of Independence7 - Declaration of Independence
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Large and impressive 19th-century 33 x 29 cotton bandana printed in brown with blue trim, portraying Jonathan Trumbull's famous painting of the ...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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William Ellery8 - William Ellery
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1727-1820). ADS, signed “W. Ellery Colle,” one page, 6.75 x 3.25, September 19, 1790. Rec
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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William Ellery9 - William Ellery
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1727–1820). Rare Revolutionary War–dated manuscript commission, two pages, 8 x 12.75, Ma
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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William Ellery10 - William Ellery
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1727–1820). ADS, signed “Wm. Ellery jun D'y Coll'r,” one page, 8 x 7.75, Novemb...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John Hancock11 - John Hancock
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Magnificent manuscript DS, one page both sides, 7.75 x 12.5, February 18, 1784. Official letter directed to Daniel Davis, Nathaniel Freeman, Solomon F
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Francis Hopkinson12 - Francis Hopkinson
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Rare Revolutionary War–dated ALS signed “Fr. Hopkinson,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, measures 12.5 x 8 open, March 29, 1776. Letter to his si
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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John Hancock13 - John Hancock
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts broadside issued by John Hancock as governor, one page, 8 x 12.75, February 23, 1791, printed at Boston by Thomas Adams,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Stephen Hopkins14 - Stephen Hopkins
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1707-1785) who served as the colony's governor in the 1750s and 1760s. ADS, signed ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Samuel Huntington15 - Samuel Huntington
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1731-1796) and seventh president of the Continental Congress. Address panel signed in the
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Richard Henry Lee16 - Richard Henry Lee
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Member of the notable Lee family and signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia (1732-1794). Scarce free-franked mailing envelope, measur
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Philip Livingston17 - Philip Livingston
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New York (1716-1778). Uncommon ink signature, "Gent., your Most Obed't Servant, Phil. Living...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Thomas McKean18 - Thomas McKean
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware (1734–1817) who later served as president of the Continental Congress, Chief Justice of Pennsy
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Robert Morris19 - Robert Morris
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Important financier who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (1734-1806). Partly-printed DS, signed on
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Robert Morris20 - Robert Morris
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Important financier who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (1734-1806). Partly-printed DS, signed “Ro
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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[Lewis Morris]21 - [Lewis Morris]
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Collection of nine manuscript drafts and documents related to New York signer Lewis Morris (none signed by him), which concern various lands owned or
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Robert Treat Paine22 - Robert Treat Paine
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ADS, signed “R. T. Paine,” one page, 7 x 3, no date. Legal document addressed to Mr. Foles, in full: "In the Case Howland vs Briggs the half sh...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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John Penn23 - John Penn
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina (1741–1781). Ink endorsement signatu
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Caesar Rodney24 - Caesar Rodney
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware (1728–1784) who, on July 2, 1776, famously rode his horse 80 miles non-stop to break the deadl
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Benjamin Rush25 - Benjamin Rush
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Physician and surgeon general of the Continental Army, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and early professor of medicine at the University of
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Edward Rutledge26 - Edward Rutledge
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American politician from South Carolina who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence (1749-1800). Ink signature, "Edward Rutl...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Roger Sherman27 - Roger Sherman
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ADS, one page, 7.5 x 5.5, November 7, 1786. Pay order issued to Treasurer John Lawrence, in full: "Please to pay to Mr. Israel Stoddard out of ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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George Taylor28 - George Taylor
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1716–1781). Rare Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “Geo. Taylor,” one page, 9
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Matthew Thornton29 - Matthew Thornton
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Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed "M. Thornton," one page, 6 x 6.25, November 26, 1777. Issued by Meshech Weare as president o...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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James Smith30 - James Smith
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1719-1806). Ink endorsement signature, "Jas. Smith," at the bottom of a manus...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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George Walton31 - George Walton
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia (1749-1804). Partly-printed DS, signed “Geo. Walton,” one page, 7.5 x 12, March 7, 1784. State
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Oliver Wolcott32 - Oliver Wolcott
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1726–1797) who also signed the Articles of Confederation and served as a major general in
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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George Wythe33 - George Wythe
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Scholar, jurist, opponent of slavery (1726-1806) who was the first of the seven Virginia signatories of the Declaration of Independence. ADS, signed “
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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William Whipple34 - William Whipple
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Rare Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “Wm. Whipple,” "Gouv. Morris," and "Nath'l Scudder," one page both sides,...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Levi Allen35 - Levi Allen
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Brother (1746–1801) of legendary 'Green Mountain Boys' Ethan and Ira Allen, who remained loyal to Great Britain during the Revolutionary War...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Thomas Allen36 - Thomas Allen
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Clergyman and volunteer chaplain during the Revolutionary War (1743–1810) who fought as a combatant in the Battle of Bennington, earning himself the n
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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American Revolution37 - American Revolution
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Revolutionary War–dated printed broadside issued by the "State of Massachusetts-Bay, In the House of Representatives," one page, 8.5 x 14....
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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American Revolution38 - American Revolution
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Four items signed by or related to a notable statesman or soldier from the Revolutionary War, including: a manuscript DS signed by Ebenezer Walbridge,
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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American Revolution39 - American Revolution
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Three items signed by an officer from the American Revolution: an ink signature of John Brooks, the 11th Governor of Massachusetts and an officer of t
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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American Revolution40 - American Revolution
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Five items signed by a notable statesman or soldier from the Revolutionary War, including: an ink signature of Caleb Strong, the sixth and tenth Gover
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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American Revolution41 - American Revolution
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Two items: an ink signature of J. E. Howard on an off-white 2.25 x .75 slip affixed to an engraving of Howard bearing a preprinted facsimile signature
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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American Revolution42 - American Revolution
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Two items: a manuscript DS signed by Jedediah Huntington, a general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, one page, 8 x 4.25, August 2
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Benedict Arnold43 - Benedict Arnold
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ADS, signed “B. Arnold,” one page, 7.25 x 4.5, October 28, 1794. Pay order issued to Messrs. C. Connor and Ransee, in full: "Please to repay Mr...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Lord Jeffery Amherst44 - Lord Jeffery Amherst
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Commander-in-chief of the British army during the Revolutionary War (1717–1797) whose reputation was damaged due to allegations that he conducted an e
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Articles of Confederation45 - Articles of Confederation
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Group of nine items signed by signers of the Articles of Confederation, dated from 1767 to 1805 (some undated), including: John Harvie (DS), Edward La
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Samuel Ashe46 - Samuel Ashe
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Ninth Governor of North Carolina (1725–1813) who served from 1795 to 1798. He was appointed to the committee that drafted the first North Carolina Co
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Robert Barnwell47 - Robert Barnwell
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South Carolina revolutionary and statesman who was a delegate to the Confederation Congress (1761–1814). ALS signed “Rob. Barnwell,” one page, 7.25 x
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Robert Barnwell48 - Robert Barnwell
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South Carolina revolutionary and statesman (1761–1814) who was a delegate to the Confederation Congress and a United States Congressman; he served as
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Noble Benedict49 - Noble Benedict
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Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “Noble Benedict Capt,” one page, 13.75 x 8.25, November 19, 1775. Document issued at "Fort St. Jo...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Amos Binney50 - Amos Binney
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Merchant and Navy Agent for Boston (1778-1833). Manuscript DS, signed "Amos Binney Nag't," one page, 8.25 x 4.75, October 10, 1820. Or...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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