Lot 179: Massachusetts: Elbridge Gerry

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:09


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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 Estimate: $800-1000
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