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CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824)
CHARLES THOMSON (1729-1824) 
Philadelphia teacher and merchant, he served as Secretary of the Continental Congress 1774-1789

Philadelphia teacher and merchant, he served as Secretary of the Continental Congress 1774-1789. Signatory, along with John Hancock, of the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence by Dunlap on July 4, 1776. A friend of Benjamin Franklin, he was widely respected for his intellect, abilities and zeal. Letter written and signed by Thomson, dated October 26, 1784, at Philadelphia, and addressed to US Minister to France THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826), 3rd US President and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomson has written a letter of introduction for Joseph Norris, a future president of the Bank of Pennsylvania. He solicits Jefferson's aid on Norris' behalf, and also implores Jefferson to help guard him from the "vice and folly" of Paris. Jefferson has docketed the letter in his own hand "C. Thomson." A rare and interesting letter from within the Revolutionary inner circle. SOLD*


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