Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Amherst, NH, United States
DoneSat, Dec 15, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
American Revolutionary War Collection
RR Auction is proud to present the Proctor "Sang" Newell Collection of Signers of the Declaration of Independence. A complete set of all 56 men who signed this historic document, this collection represents the ultimate accomplishment in American autograph collecting. Of the precious few complete collections of Signers known to exist, this set is one of the finest quality sets ever offered. Most of the examples are substantial-length letters, many of which feature significant historical content by some of the nation's most important Founding Fathers. The centerpiece of any complete set of Signers is the rarest of them all, the autograph of Button Gwinnett. According to the most recent published census, only 51 examples of his hand are known to exist?and only eleven remain in private hands.* The Proctor-Sang-Newell Collection features a superb example: a historic 1773 document signed by the Georgia Signer at an important moment in his life. The Gwinnett complemented by other rare and uncommon Signers including Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Arthur Middleton (South Carolina), Joseph Hewes and John Penn (North Carolina), Thomas Nelson, Jr. (Virginia), George Taylor (Pennsylvania), and Lyman Hall (Georgia). It is the enormous scarcity of these signatures that make collecting all 56 Signers a near impossible feat. These great rarities are accompanied by numerous extraordinary-content letters by some of the most important Founding Fathers written at key moments in American history. John Adams announces the arrival of Rochambeau's army in America in a 1780 letter from Paris to Gen. Nathanael Greene and adds, "America is the City, Set upon a Hill." Adams' longtime friend (and rival) Thomas Jefferson is featured as well in a 1781 letter (also to Greene) promising reinforcements that would battle General Cornwallis and help set the stage for Yorktown.