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Lot 1002: Josiah Bartlett

American Revolutionary War Collection of Richard Newell

by RR Auction

December 15, 2012

Amherst, NH, USA

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Description: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire and physician (1729-1795). Manuscript ADS, one page, 12.25 x 8.5, January 1, 1778. Document from The State of New Hampshire to Josiah Bartlett, detailing financial accounts pertaining to "time and expences between the 3'd Day of September 1775 and the 9th Day of November 1776, Three Hundred & Ninety five Days at 30/pr Day as pr order of the Genl Assembly," in the amount of 592 shillings, 10 pence and zero pounds. A tally is put in order, detailing when and from where the funds were received: "By cash rec'd of...August 1775 to be accounted for, 140:0:0; By cash recei'd at Philadelphia as pr Receipt 30th Dec. 1775, 120:0:0; August 11th, 1776 by Cash Rec'd at Philadelphia, 120:0:0; May 1776 Rec'd Cash of the Treasr to be accounted for, 100:0:0; By Cash Rec'd for Jared Tracys, Bringing money from Philadelphia, 10:16:0," coming to a tally of 592:10:0. with Bartlett adding, "Errors Excepted pr Josiah Bartlett," endorsed by a Justice of the Peace. Bartlett's name is also docketed three times on the reverse in another hand. Intersecting folds, uniform toning, scattered light spotting, a few light areas of soiling, three trivial areas of separation along the central vertical fold, rough edges with a few small tears, and show-through from writing on the reverse, otherwise very good condition.An outstanding financial account, penned nearly entirely in Barlett's hand, outlines payment from the state of New Hampshire for his time serving in the Continental Congress from "the 3'd Day of September 1775 and the 9th Day of November 1776." Bartlett was the first representative to be asked regarding a declaration of independence from Great Britain, to which he affirmatively responded. As the second signer, he made his affirmation official on August 2, 1776, when he penned his signature to the formal copy of the Declaration, right after Hancock's. Just days later, Bartlett would reap the fruits of his labor: "August 11th, 1776 by Cash Rec'd at Philadelphia, 120:0:0."

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