Lot 202: Third chief justice of the United States (1745-1807) and delegate to the Constitutional Congress who later submitted the amendments which became the Bill of Rights. Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed "O. Ellsworth" and "Oliver Ellsworth," one page both sides, 8 x 5, July 6, 1776. Pay order addressed to Treasurer John Lawrence. In part: "Pay Mr. Zachariah Pratt Seventeen Shillings & Six pence for 3-Cartouch Boxes-supplied the Troops now raising in this Colony." Signed at the conclusion by Ellsworth and two other officials, and signed again on the reverse by Ellsworth and Pratt upon receipt. In fine condition, with expected document wear. From just two days after July 4, 1776, this document dates to an extremely important day in American history-the Pennsylvania Evening Post printed the widely anticipated first newspaper rendition of the Declaration of Independence on July 6, the very first time it was disseminated to the public at large.
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