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Ellery William

Declaration Signer William Ellery Autograph Document Signed, PSA/DNA Slabbed and Graded MINT 9

A single page autographed receipt, in the hand of William Ellery who also signed within the body of the document, 3.75" x 1.5". Irregular edges, else bright with strong contrasting ink. PSA/DNA Slabbed and Graded MINT 9.

A lovely autographed receipt shown in full below:

"Rec' Newport Dec. 28th, 1793 / of Wm Ellery eighteen shill on acct of my part of the Rent of the Carey farm occupied by Nathl. Hales from the 27th of July last.-"

Ellery was present during the reading of Richard Henry Lee's Resolution of 7 June 1775 on the matter of independence. The next day, Ellery prepared a letter signed by himself and Stephen Hopkins to Nicholas Cooke, Governor of Rhode Island, expressing their distress at the lack of communication, because of Ward's illness and death, and including a great deal of information on the happenings at the Congress. Ellery voted for the Resolution for Independence on 2 July, and the Declaration on 4 July 1776. On 10 July 1776, William Ellery wrote to his brother, Benjamin, including this sentence, "We have lived to see a Period which a few years ago no human forecast could have imagined – to see these Colonies shake off and declare themselves independent of a State which they once gloried to call Parent …"

Ellery was present to sign the engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence on 2 August 1776 along with most of the other signers. This is what he wrote about this famous event: "I was determined to see how they all looked as they signed what might be their death warrant I placed myself beside the Secretary Charles Thomson and eyed each closely as he affixed each name to the document. Undaunted resolution was displayed in every countenance."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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Declaration Signer William Ellery Autograph Document

Estimate $300 - $400Jan 16, 2020
Starting Bid $100
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Westport , CT, USA
Auction Curated By:
John Reznikoff