Lot 6: Revolutionary War–dated ADS, signed "Th: Jefferson," one page, 11.5 x 1.75, May 16, 1780. Exceptional official document entirely in Jefferson's hand, in full: "Virginia to wit: I hereby certify that Archibald Blair is clerk to the Council of the State & that due faith & credence should be given to his signature. Given under my hand & the seal of the Commonwealth at Richmond this sixteenth day of May 1780." Cloth-matted and framed with an image to an overall size of 20 x 19. Overall toning and repaired paper loss to the lower left corner, otherwise fine condition.Jefferson issued this document as governor of Virginia just one month after officially moving the state capital from the colonial capital of Williamsburg to Richmond. In doing so he hoped to create a more centralized location for Virginia's population in the west while isolating the capital from British attack; nevertheless, the treacherous Benedict Arnold and his troops overran the city the following year. While any Jefferson autographic material is desirable, this well-preserved example boasts especially bold handwriting and dates to a critical moment in American history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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