Lot 184: A president of the Continental Congress and signer of the Articles of Confederation (1741–1785) who also served as Washington's aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. ALS signed "Jos: Reed," one page, 7.25 x 11.75, March 16, 1780. Letter to Governor William Livingston of New Jersey. In part: "Inclosed is a Petition which I beg leave to request you will lay before the House of Assembly. I cannot believe the Hon: House can take any pleasure in seeing the property of any of the Penns wantonly wasted & destroyed, but when it happens to be that of one who has risqued life & fortune freely in the great contest, I am persuaded I may safely rely upon the justice and attention of the Assembly of New Jersey & expect a favorable reception…the Preservation of the Rights of Individuals in perfect Consistency with the Duty owing to the State." In fine condition, with overall toning. With only their private lands and manors protected, the Penn family lost nearly a quarter-million acres of land held by their proprietorship with the passing of the Divesting Act of 1779. An impassioned letter with an interesting association to the storied family.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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