Lot 1013: John Morton

RR Auction

December 15, 2012
Amherst, NH, US

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Description: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1725-1777). Rare party-printed war-dated DS, signed "John Morton Speaker," as Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, one page, 13.25 x 8.5, April 6, 1776, [Philadelphia]. A commission for a lieutenant with an early seal of revolutionary Pennsylvania. The document commissions "Morton Garret, Gentleman," appointing him as a "Lieutenant of a Company of Foot in the Battalion of Musketry in the Service of his Province for the Protection of the same, against all hostile Enterprizes, and for the Defence of American Liberty...you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions...from the Assembly...from the present or any future Committee of Safety for this Province, or from your superior Officer." Endorsed on the verso by justice of the peace "Nichs Fairlamb" who certifies on May 30, 1776, that Morton Garrett had appeared before him and "was qualified to the within commission." Short splits along somewhat fragile intersecting folds (vertical fold passing through the signature), the first letter of Morton's surname possibly darkened, and moderate irregular overall toning affecting appearance, otherwise very good condition.Garrett was part of Captain John Nice's company and soon after was promoted to Captain of Francis Murray's company forming part of the "Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot" before he resigned his commission in 1777. John Morton is rare. American Book Prices Current notes only four examples selling at auction since 1975.
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