Elbridge Gerry, Declaration Signer from MA, ALS Regarding a Land Deed
ALS signed “E. Gerry,” one page, 7.75 x 9.25, March 16, 1805. Letter to “Honble Mr. Bartlett,” in part: “I have rec’d the deed of your land…& wish that a paragraph may be inserted in the advertisement which I have sent to Messrs. Adams & Rhoades for Monday next…Two hundred dollars is a small sum, & till of late could be spared by me at almost any time…but I have been obliged to take money out of one of the Boston banks in consequence of several disappointments, which I have lately experienced: otherwise it should be instantly promised agreeably to your request. The great scarcity of this article, exceeds everything I have ever met with in this country.” In good to very good condition, with a strip of tape along the back of the left edge, overall dampstaining affecting appearance but not readability, scattered small areas of paper loss affecting a few words of text, and professional silking to the reverse to reinforce the otherwise fragile paper.
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