Lot 237: Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed "J. Warren Spkr.," one page both sides, 7.25 x 3.25, May 6, 1776. Pay order issued by James Warren as speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In part: "Resolved there be paid…unto Nathaniel Bicknel the sum of one pound nine shillings & four pence in full for his expence." Signed at the conclusion by Warren and endorsed on the reverse by fifteen members of the legislative body, including a number of prominent politicians and military officers: James Otis, Walter Spooner, Caleb Cushing, Benjamin Chadbourn, Thomas Cushing, Jedediah Foster, James Prescott, Joseph Palmer, Eldad Taylor, John Whetcomb, Benjamin Lincoln, Samuel Holten, Jabez Fisher, Benjamin White, and Michael Parley. Uniform toning, chipping to edges, show-through from writing to opposing sides, several stray ink marks, and a closely cropped top edge, otherwise fine condition. These signers represent several of the Revolution's greatest figures: Otis is best known for coining the phrase, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny,' a rallying cry of the patriotic cause; Warren was president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and a Continental Army paymaster general; and Lincoln was the major general who formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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