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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY 
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DECORATIVE COPY

This decorative copy of the Declaration of Independence measures approximately 23" x 31" framed and was published 1819 - ?. Engraved by William Woodruff and published by O. Rogers of Philadelphia, PA, it features the title in ornamental script and text in a uniform round hand within an ornamental border bearing the state seals in medallions and portraits of Washington, Jefferson and Adams. The complete text of the Declaration of Independence is featured within the border as is facsimile signatures of the Declaration's signers.
This copy is a close imitation of the John Binns copy which, according to Binns, was stolen by Woodruff while he was employed in the shop of George Murray the man hired by Binns to carry out the ornamental part of the engraving. Binns sued Woodruff in a federal court however the court decided that the case was outside its jurisdiction. Woodruff then went ahead and published his print before Binns.

This copy is printed from the original plate with signatures engraved in facsimile and includes Woodruff's imprint as well as the printer's credit "Phila. Published by O. Rogers, No 67 South 2nd St. Philad." At the bottom of the document it reads "To the People of the United States this engraving of the Declaration of Independence is most respectfully inscribed by their fellow citizen Wm. Woodruff" Price upon request


JOSIAH BARTLETT (1729-1795)
JOSIAH BARTLETT (1729-1795) 
Physician, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire. Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Physician, Continental Congressman for New Hampshire. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He later served as both Chief Justice and Governor of the new state of New Hampshire. Excellent manuscript document, containing over one hundred words entirely written by Bartlett engaging in a real estate transaction with Ephraim Lund. Dated May 4, 1776, precisely two months to the day before Bartlett added his signature to the Declaration of Independence! Strong, clear signature "Josiah Bartlett." $4900.00*


GEORGE CLYMER (1739-1813)
GEORGE CLYMER (1739-1813) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Signer of the Declaration of Independence was an American politician and founding father of our country. He was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Great Britain. As a Pennsylvania representative, Clymer was one of 6 men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Clymer was chairman of the Continental Committee of Safety.

This extraordinarily significant document, dated June 10, 1776, was issued weeks before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Measuring 5.5 x 8.5, it is written and signed by Clymer and in good condition. There is minor browning due to age. The document was addressed to John Nixon and reads: "Please to pay to Mr. John Cobourne or his order Three Hundred pounds and charge the same to his account for expenses in sinking the Chevaux de Frize. By order of the Committee."

The Cheval (often called Chevaux) de Frise was supposedly developed by Benjamin Franklin, and consisted of a heavy timber frame bristling with iron tipped spikes which, when sunk in a river, could rip the hull of a vessel apart. Two of these contraptions were used during the Revolutionary War, one across the Delaware River south of Philadelphia, and one across the Hudson below West Point. In December 1776, the Chevaux de Frise mentioned in this document, played an important role in the Philadelphia campaign. $12,000.00*


JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)
JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) 
Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress

Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress, first Governor of the state of Massachusetts. Very interesting wartime manuscript document, entirely in Hancock's hand, dated June 5, 1782, addressing the "Gentlemen of the Senate & the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives (of Massachusetts). Tantalizing content referring to an important letter "the contents of which so materially affect this Commonwealth" that Hancock directed they be laid before the legislators. The letter apparently came by way of "Mr. Lovell from Philadelphia," probably a reference to JAMES LOVELL (1737-1814), a fellow signer of the Declaration and a Massachusetts member of the Continental Congress. The letter was from yet another signer, the new Superintendant of Finance ROBERT MORRIS (1734-1806). Morris' sweeping executive role had been created the previous year to deal with the massive financial crisis plaguing the struggling United States. Among his first proposals were the creation of the first nationally-chartered bank, a national mint, and decimal coinage. It is likely that the letter referred to by Hancock concerned some or all of these massive new initiatives. Docketed on the reverse as the original draft for Hancock's message. Written by Hancock, and signed with his initials "J H." A terrific and unique Revolutionary War John Hancock. Archivally de-acidified and backed. $5,800.00 SOLD


JOHN HART (1711-1779)
JOHN HART (1711-1779) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress

Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, Speaker of the first Assembly of the State of New Jersey. Hart was a last-minute replacement for the New Jersey delegation when the entire original group was dismissed, having been opposed to the idea of independence. He arrived just in time to sign the Declaration on behalf of his state. He later offered his farm as a campsite for Washington's Continental Army during the Monmouth Campaign, and for several days prior to the battle 12,000 American soldiers enjoyed his hospitality. New Jersey one shilling note from the issue of March 25, 1776. Signed on the front, "John Hart." $595.00*


SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796)
SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796) 
Member of the Continental Congress. President of Congress 1779-1781, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Patriot activist, self-made man successful in the practice of law, Member of the Continental Congress. President of Congress 1779-1781, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He presided over the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. Governor of the state of Connecticut 1786-1796. Legal-size manuscript letter entirely in Huntington's hand addressed to "Mr. Secretary Scott in New York, concerning an extensive parcel of land Huntington was looking to acquire for a favorite nephew "to make him a settlement in the world." Huntington is requesting Scott help with a title search, to ensure the property he is looking at is "unencumbered." Boldy signed "Saml Huntington." $2950.00 SOLD


Lachlan McIntosh, Rev Gen killed Declaration Signer Button Gwinnett in duel
Lachlan McIntosh, Rev Gen killed Declaration Signer Button Gwinnett in duel  
Infamous for killing Declaration of Independence signer BUTTON GWINNETT (1732-1777) in a duel

Lachlan McIntosh, (1725-1806). General during the Revolutionary War, famous for his campaigns against the Indians and the British in the West and South, infamous for killing Declaration of Independence signer BUTTON GWINNETT (1732-1777) in a duel motivated by political rivalry. Manuscript, signed at the bottom "Lachn McIntosh." Also signed on the reverse by McIntosh, making two signatures on the one document. Dated August 20, 1791. A rare item from one of the most colorful, infamous and controversial Revolutionary War generals. $ 3,500.00 SOLD


GEORGE READ (1733-1798)
GEORGE READ (1733-1798) 
American Revolutionary, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

American Revolutionary, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. A prominent Delaware statesman, he served as Continental Congressman, Constitutional Convention Delegate, US Senator and Chief Justice for his state, as well as President of Delaware. Manuscript document entirely in Read's own hand concerning the various sales of a tract of land from 1703 to the present day (1789). The original land patent came from William Penn. Fine condition. $450.00*


GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893)
GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia

American Revolutionary, Colonel of the First Regiment of the Georgia Militia. Wounded and captured by the British during the siege of Savannah, and later exchanged in 1779. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia. He was a fierce political opponent of fellow Georgia Signer, Button Gwinnet. He assisted General Lachlan McIntosh during the duel in which Gwinnet was mortally wounded. Superb legal opinion written and signed by Walton, concerning the important issue of banishment and confiscation of property that was enforced on those deemed "traitors" during the revolution. In this case, a former secretary to a Continental Army general who had crossed over to the British side was under banishment by order of the government of South Carolina, and the extract of minutes from the State Council on the reverse asks for Walton's opinion as to whether Georgia should be bound to respect their sister state's edict. Walton upholds the idea that states are bound to uphold each others' laws, and deemed it the "duty" of the governor of Georgia to enforce the South Carolina Act of Banishment in this case. Dated December 16, 1785, and signed "Geo Walton" as Chief Justice. A fantastic Signer document and a significant legal opinion from the first years of American independence! $3900.00*


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