Lot 179: Two letters: first is a Revolutionary War–dated draft ALS signed "E. Gerry," one page, 8 x 6.75, February 11, 1780. In part: "Agreeable to yr Commission, with which we were honored to represent yr state in the Convention lately held in this City, we embrace yr earliest Opportunity of reporting their proceedings, & request you to communicate yr same yr General Assembly with yr greatest respect." Second is an ALS signed "E. Gerry," one page both sides, 7.25 x 9, November 29, 1791. Letter to his wife. In part: "I have just arrived…at Mr. Rickets where there is a room full of company. I have by compulsion seen the gentleman but am not in a habit to see the ladies and shall keep myself retired…I shall first have mentioned your Pappa & James, the latter of whom is to sail on Sunday. The former put in to my hand a letter…from your Mamma who is recovered from a slight fit of the gout…I had a most agreeable ride…The roads were as dry as in summer & have been generally repaired…I have not slept four hours of a night since I left you. I am as well refreshed as if I had slept double that time…If the weather will permit I shall leave town for Philadelphia tomorrow." In overall fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature) and scattered foxing to the second letter. Accompanied by an unsigned engraved portrait.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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