Lot 181: Early settler of Massachusetts (c. 1606–1681) who established residence in Salem beginning in 1636. Manuscript DS, signed "Wm. Hathorne," one page, 5 x 3, circa 1662/3. A legal document concerning the court. Central vertical and horizontal folds and one tiny hole, otherwise fine condition. Hathorne became a deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts and served in several military and political positions throughout his life. He was later described as 'a bitter persecutor' of Quakers by his great-great-great-grandson, the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. William Hathorne's son John became known as one of the main judges in the Salem witch trials.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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