Lot 165: Manuscript DS with substantial portions of the document filled out in Hooper's hand, signed "Will. Hooper," one page, 7.25 x 12, September 5, 1768. Legal document regarding the complaint of planter William Shenwillen of Anson County against James McNett, claiming that the latter "did Beat, Wound and ill treat [Shenwillen]…so that his life was greatly impaired of and then and there did other wrongs…to his great Damage and against the Peace of God and our Sovereign Lord." Housed in an attractive custom-made presentation case. In very good condition, with small edge separations to horizontal folds, some show-through from docketing to reverse, and light staining to the left edge. Hooper was appointed a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774, and later to the Second Continental Congress, but much of his time was split between those duties and work in North Carolina, where he assisted in forming the new state government. Interestingly, due to matters in dealing with this new North Carolina government, Hooper missed the vote approving the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but arrived in time to sign it on August 2. Hooper is considered one of the rarest autographs of the Declaration signers.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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