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  • William Floyd
  • William Floyd
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Description: Manuscript DS signed "Wm. Floyd," one page, 5.25 x 7, November 23, 1784. Warrant for New York State Treasurer Gerard Bancker, written out by Isaac Roosevelt. In full: "You are hereby authorised to pay Ezra L'Homodieu Esqr. for the Use of John Franiks, the sum of Twenty two pounds Sixteen shillings being for his Services under the direction of the Late Major John Davis Dec' Procuring Clothing & C in persuance of an Act of the Legislature of this State passed the 7th March 1781 and in so doing this shall be your warrant." Signed at the conclusion by Floyd, as a Commissioner, and also signed by Roosevelt. Reverse bears a handwritten and signed receipt from L'Hommedieu which reads, "Rec'd New York 24th November 1784 from Gerard Bancker Treasurer Twenty two pounds sixteen shillings in full for the within order." Document has been professionally cleaned and inlaid to a 7.5 x 9.75 off-white sheet. Aforementioned cleaning, previous light folds, light show-through from receipt on reverse, and a uniform shade of mild toning, otherwise fine condition. In his 1995 reference History Comes to Life, Kenneth Rendell places Floyd's autograph material into the "rare" category among the Signers. Isaac Roosevelt was one of ten representatives from New York City who participated in the state Constitutional Convention, and was the great-great-grandfather of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Isaac achieved the most political success of any Roosevelt before Theodore Roosevelt.

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