Lot 172: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware (1728–1784) who served in the Continental Congress and as an officer of the Delaware militia. Scarce ALS signed "Caesar Rodney," one page, 7.75 x 12.5, June 12, 1770. Letter to his brother Thomas Rodney, written from Philadelphia. In part: "Am very Well. Cannot yet say when I shall Return, But have Little Reason to Expect to leave this place before next Sunday week, which is a week longer than I Expected when I wrote you last—being determined to have my business Effectually done if possible. Upon Tryal I found it impossible to Get a House keeper in this Town that would by any Means Suit me. Therefore have sent Molly Rush down by Bell, She having Shown a great Inclination. I have sent by Bell two pieces of Ozenbrigs, one of fifty yards & one of Twenty two yards for Cloathing for the Negroes who I suppose by this time Quite Naked—Hope you take Care to get it as soon as Bell gets down, and Molly has promised to go immediately to making it up. Billy Rodney wrote to me concerning Lock…You may tell him that Called upon Daniel Robinson to know what he would give, and that neither him or any other person will give him so much as twenty pounds." In very good condition, with intersecting folds with cleanly repaired separations to horizontal folds, some light spreading and mirroring to ink, and a couple areas of trivial ink erosion.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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