Lot 171: Revolutionary War–dated ADS signed three times, "Edward Rutledge," one page, 14.25 x 19, April 2, 1778. Lengthy legal document in which Rutledge draws up a complaint regarding a tenement eviction. In part: "The said John Right by Edward Rutledge his Attorney, complains that whereas the said Thomas Smith…demised to the said John Right the said Messuage or Tenement with Appurtenances to hold & occupy the same…the said Thomas Thrustout afterwards to wit…with Force & Arms into the same Messuage or Tenement entered and the said John Right from the same did eject and other Wrongs and Enormities to him did to his great Damage." Signed within the body, at the conclusion, and on the reverse by Rutledge. In fine condition, with expected document wear, intersecting folds with small edge separations, and some show-through from docketing to reverse. After signing the Declaration—the youngest to do so, at age 26—Rutledge returned to South Carolina to take his seat in the General Assembly. Serving as captain of artillery in his state's militia, he most notably fought at the Battle of Beaufort in 1779. Among the Declaration signers, Rutledge is one of the harder to find; boasting three clear signatures, this is a highly desirable piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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