Lot 179: Physician and surgeon general of the Continental Army who signed the Declaration of Independence (1746–1813). ALS signed "Benj'n Rush," one page, 7.25 x 8.25, January 7, 1805. Letter certifying a claim for expenses. In full: "I do hereby certify that Capt. Ephraim Kirts (a mariner belonging to the port of Philada.) lodged from about the middle of June at Capt. Frankford's until he went to the hospital on the 24th of December 1804, with the interval of four or five weeks which time Captain Kirts spent at Harrowgate by advice of Dr. Church & myself. While at Capt. Frankford's he was treated and nursed tenderly, and subjected the family to several extra expenses not commonly incurred for sick people." Intersecting folds, overall creases, and light scattered staining, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraved portrait.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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