Lot 167: Manuscript DS, signed "Fras Hopkinson," one page, 12.5 x 7.75, May 3, 1785. An order to examine a ship in the port of Philadelphia. In part: "Application having been made to Me by Richard Copplestone Master of the Ship or Vessel, called The Anna lately arrived from Bristol and now lying in this Port, for a Survey to be made on the said Ship You, or any two of you, taking to your Assistance my Ship-Carpenter or other Tradesman if you shall think it necessary so to do, are hereby directed and required diligently and carefully to Survey and examine as well the said Ship as the Goods, Wares, and Merchandizes laden on board…and you are to estimate the Amount of Damage, Wastage or Loss, if any." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Hopkinson as Judge of the Admirality of the Court. In very good condition, with vertical folds reinforced on reverse, a vertical fold passing through a single letter of signature, uniform toning, a bit heavier along folds, and a couple trivial edge chips. Accompanied by the report of the survey of the ship Anna, which reads, "at the Instance of Richard Copplestone Master of the Ship Anna from Bristol. We Thomas Pryor & Francis Gurney two of the Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia, duly appointed and attested according to Law, Have diligently and carefully surveyed and examined the Said Ship and found her Cargo well Stowed and properly Dunaged."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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