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Opposition to and Support of the Townshend Acts, and an Ad for a Tooth-Ache Cure

REVOLUTIONARY WAR] [WILLIAM GODDARD], Newspaper. Pennsylvania Chronicle, and Universal Advertiser, May, 29 1769, Philadelphia, Pa., 8 pp., 9⅜ x 11¾ in.


Item #30000.72, $750

Benjamin Franklin Signed Philadelphia Land Patent

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Document Signed as President of the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, counter signed by James Trimble. Land Patent to John Gravel. Philadelphia, Pa., June 10, 1788. 1 p, 20 x 14, on vellum, with official seal attached by blue ribbon and later blind stamp.


This patent records the auction, sale, and transfer of a lot and building in the Northern Liberties district of Philadelphia to John Gravel, including the right “to have and to hold....for ever Yielding and Paying into the Acorn if it shall be demanded” on September 1st of each year.

Item #23033.99, $13,500

The Declaration of Independence:
The First Newspaper Printing, the Second Publication in Any Form and the First to Closely Follow Thomas Jefferson’s Style (SOLD)

[DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE], Newspaper. The Pennsylvania Evening Post, Saturday, July 6, 1776, Philadelphia: Benjamin Towne, 4 pages (8½ x 10 in.)


Item #DOI - 7-6-1776, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Declaration of Independence Centennial

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. July 8, 1876.


The July 8, 1876 issue of Harper’s Weekly, containing a supplement celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, complete with a centerspread facsimile of one of Jefferson’s draft manuscripts and the signatures of the signers, along with related engravings.

Item #30011.003, $145

A Lazy Revolutionary War Doctor, Departing From His Life of Leisure, Reports on “Lord” Stirling’s Failed Attempt On Staten Island

SAMUEL VICKERS, Autograph Letter Signed “S. Vickers,” to Andrew Craigie. Cranburry, N.J., January 17, 1780. 2 pp., 8½ x 12¼ in. We believe the docketing to incorrectly identify the sender as John Vicker.


Fellow physician John Vickers gives Dr. Craigie a nearly instantaneous account of Lord Stirling’s ill-fated attack on Staten Island of Jan 15-16, 1780. Stirling’s campaign was designed to surprise the British troops in their winter camp; the British were alerted, however, and were well fortified by the time the Americans arrived. Vickers also decries plundering of the island by Continental troops.

Item #23414, $3,500

Connecticut Pays Frank Freeman,
A Revolutionary War Free Black

[FRANK FREEMAN], Printed Document Signed by Jonathan Lawrence, Number 847. Hartford, Conn. Treasury Office, June 1, 1782. With a large hole-punch cancellation mark. Docketed on verso with record of 7 interest payments, and signed vertically by Freeman with his mark (“X”).


Frank Freeman of Derby, Connecticut receives pay and interest for his Revolutionary War service. Freeman enlisted in 1775 and served in the Connecticut Line. He served in an expedition to Canada (most likely under Generals Schuyler and Montgomery in 1775) and in the 6th and 2nd Connecticut Regiments.

Item #23416, $1,500

Maj. General Schuyler Directs Richard Varick—Who Would Become George Washington’s Secretary, NYC Mayor, and Alexander Hamilton’s Father-in-Law

PHILIP SCHUYLER, Autograph Note Signed, to Richard Varick. February 1, 1776. 1p., 8½ x 3 in.


Item #22604.03, $425

Trying to Regain his Health After a Mob Attack,
“Light Horse Harry” Lee Wonders Why his Son
Doesn’t Call or Write from Harvard

HENRY LEE, Autograph Letter Signed with initials “HL,” to Carter Lee. [Turks and] Caicos, [West Indies], September 30, 1816. 4 pp., 9 x 7¼ in.


Revolutionary War hero and eulogizer of George Washington “Light Horse Harry” Lee writes from the West Indies lamenting that he has received no correspondence from his son, Carter Lee, a student at Harvard College. Still, he continues to offer his son advice on education, creativity, appropriate behavior and timing, and the importance of a reading classics, history, and philosophy.

“Be a steady ardent disciple of Socrates & regard virtue whose temple is built on truth as the chief good. I had rather see you unlearned & unnoticed, if devoted to virtue in practice as well as theory, than to see you the equal in glory to the great Washington.”

Item #23187, $6,500

Dutchess County Militia Members Receive Their Pay in December 1776

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Manuscript Document. Soldier’s pay register for a Dutchess County militia unit at Fort Constitution. Garrison, New York, December 30, 1776 to May 20, 1777. 9 pp. on 3 folded sheets.


Revolutionary War soldiers who had been called for a short period of garrison duty at Fort Constitution signed or made their “x-mark” on this register as they received pay from Captain Barnardus Swartwout. More than 100 soldiers, part of the 4th Dutchess County Regiment of the New York militia, signed this document as having received ration money, advances, and other accounting at both Fort Constitution and Wappinger’s Creek.

Item #23008, $4,500

A Decorated Declaration of Independence with Tributes to Washington and Lafayette, and Images Representing the States

HUMPHREY PHELPS. [DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE], Print. New York, N.Y., 1845. 22 x 30 in., approx 25 x 34 in. framed.


Item #23218, $1,600

Lexington Alarm Minutemen Signed Pay List

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Manuscript Document, [dated on verso, [Dorchester], December 21, 1775]. 1p. oblong 4to. 8 x 7 in.


A document listing 18 of members of Captain Luke Drury’s Company, together their wages due. Some of the men who marched from their homes in Grafton, Massachusetts, in response to the Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775 include Joseph Leland, Ebenezer Leland, Elijah Rice, Peter Butler and Thomas Pratt. Lexington Alarm veteran Sergeant Joseph Leland has added a signed endorsement on the verso, noting receipt of his wages for October, November, and “apart of Decr.”

Item #20781.09, $1,500

A Stone/Force Printing of the Declaration of Independence

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, Copperplate engraving printed on thin wove paper. Imprint at bottom left, “W. J. STONE SC WASHn” [William J. Stone for Peter Force, Washington, D.C. ca. 1833]. Printed for Peter Force’s American Archives, Series 5, Vol I. 25¼ x 30⅞ in.


“In Congress, July 4th 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America...”

Item #22896, $28,000

Defending New York in 1776 - Entrenching Tools

ABRAHAM BRINCKERHOFF, Autograph Document Signed. March 16, 1776. 2 pp. A detailed account of various tools delivered and returned for the purposes of constructing defenses around New York City in the spring of 1776. Colonel Abraham Brinckerhoff, “quartermaster of the 2nd battallion” is the officer in charge of supplying the tools. This account records the names of captains on the day’s fatigue duty together with the tools they took for the day’s work including “Pick Axes”, “Shod Shovels,” “Spades,” “Iron Shovels,” and “Axes.” Captains include Jacob Chase, Patrick Birmingham, and others.


Item #21007.64, $1,950

Defending New York In 1776

NICHOLAS QUACKENBUSH, Manuscript Document. March 21 and 22, 1776. 1 p.


Item #21007.5, $1,950

The Declaration of Independence First Facsimile,
Printed by William J. Stone

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, Copperplate engraving printed on heavy wove paper. First edition imprint at top, “ENGRAVED by W.J. STONE for the Dept. of State by order of J. Q. Adams, Sec of State July 4, 1823.” 25⅞ x 29⅞ in. overall.


“In Congress, July 4, 1776.  The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America…”


A Front Page Commemorative Printing
of the Declaration of Independence
and Patriotic Songs from Philadelphia

[DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE], Newspaper. The Aurora, Philadelphia, Pa., July 4, 1808. Printed by William Duane, 2 pp., 12½ x 20½ in. Disbound.


Item #23035.01, $700

Paine’s First “Enlarged Version” of Common Sense

THOMAS PAINE, Pamphlet. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants Of America...A New Edition, with Several Additions in the Body of the Work. To Which is Added an Appendix; Together With an Address to the People Called Quakers. Philadelphia, Pa., W. and T. Bradford, 1776. 50 pp.


Item #23049, $68,000

The First Newspaper to Print the Declaration of Independence Attempts to Make Sense of the Connecticut Constitution

[CONNECTICUT], Newspaper. Pennsylvania Evening Post, Philadelphia, Pa., July 27, 1776. 4 pp., 7¾ x 9½ in.


“A Succinct Account of the Constitution of the Free and Independent State of Connecticut” occupies the entire front page.

Item #23147, $1,500

Documenting Declaration of Independence Signer
Robert Morris’s Financial Troubles

ROBERT MORRIS, Partially-Printed Document Signed. Promissory Note. Philadelphia, Pa., May 12, 1795. 1 p., 4 x 6¾ in. Endorsed on verso by Morris. Ink burn through the “R” and “b” in “Robt.” Left edge irregularly cut.


Item #23148.01, $2,950

A Promissory Note
from the Real Declaration Signer Jed Bartlet

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Manuscript Document Signed. Promissory note from Nathan Sweat to Edward Lufkin. Kingston, [N.H.], Nov. 30, 1764. 1 p, 7½ x 1½ in.


Item #22991.01, $500
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