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Declaration Signer Robert T. Paine’s Copy of Oration Celebrating Treaty Ending Revolutionary War
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An early American pamphlet relating to the aftermath of the American Revolution bearing the ownership signature of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

ROBERT TREAT PAINE. Signed Copy of Levi Frisbie, An Oration Delivered at Ipswich…on the Twenty-ninth of April, 1783, on Account of the Happy Restoration of Peace Between Great-Britain and the United States of America, Boston: E. Russell, 1783. 24 p., 6 x 7¾ in.

Inventory #24332.01       Price: $4,400

Excerpt

The event we celebrate, is so grand, so illustrious and joyful, that every heart must beat with wonder and delight, in the contemplation of it: And yet ’tis so extraordinary, so interesting and important, in its nature and connexions, that I greatly fear I shall not be able to do it justice:…

Historical Background

Peace negotiations between the United States, Spain, France, and the Dutch Republic on one part and Great Britain on the other began in April 1782. By September 1782, American representatives determined to negotiate directly with the British. Though they signed preliminary articles of peace on November 30, 1782, news that Britain had accepted America’s independence did not return to America until early the next year. The formal treaty wasn’t signed until September 1783, and ratified by the U.S. in January 1784, followed by the British in April.

Complete Text of Preliminary Articles of Peace

Levi Frisbie (1748-1806) was born in Connecticut and graduated from Dartmouth in 1771. Ordained in 1772, he engaged in missionary work among the Delaware until 1775, when he began to preach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Installed as pastor in February 1776, he served as pastor at Ipswich for thirty years until his death.

Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814) was born in Boston and attended the Boston Latin School. At the age of 14, he entered Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1749. He then taught at the Boston Latin School. He began the study of law in 1755 and was admitted to the bar in 1757. He served in the Massachusetts General Court from 1773 to 1774, in the Provincial Congress from 1774 to 1775, and represented Massachusetts at the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. There, he signed both the Olive Branch petition and the Declaration of Independence. He served as Massachusetts attorney general from 1777 to 1790 and as associate justice of the state supreme court from 1790 to 1804.

Condition

Cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. Slightly toned.

Provenance

R[obert] T[reat] Paine (ownership signature to title).


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