Matthew Thornton's Payment Receipt for Signing the Declaration of Independence




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Matthew Thornton's Payment Receipt for Signing the Declaration of Independence:
$6000.0


MATTHEW THORNTON. Matthew Thornton (1714–1803) was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire who was one of eight signers born in Great Britain. HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT REVOLUTIONARY WAR-DATED FINANCIAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY MATTHEW THORNTON AND GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE MESHECH WEARE AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO THORNTON FOR HIS TIME SERVED IN THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS WHEN HE SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Historically important Revolutionary War–dated financial document signed by Matthew Thornton on the verso and Governor of New Hampshire Meshech Weare on the recto authorizing payment to Matthew Thornton for his time served in the Second Continental Congress when he signed the Declaration of Independence: “State of New Hampshire Exeter Nov 26 1777 - To the Honble. Nichs. Gilman Esq. RG - In pu[rsuan]ce of a Vote of the Council and Assembly pay the Honble. Matthew Thornton Esq. Seventy five pounds which together with Forty five pounds formerly receiv’d by him at twice to be accounted for is in full for his Salary as one of the Puisne Jus[tice] of the Superior Court from the fifth d[ay of] January 1776 to the fifth day of January next making in the whole One hundred & seventy pounds agreeable to said Vote - M. Weare Prest - £75”. THORNTON WAS APPOINTED A DELEGATE TO THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1776 AND DID NOT TAKE HIS SEAT UNTIL NOVEMBER 4, UPON WHICH HE IMMEDIATELY ACCEDED TO THE DECLARATION AND WAS PERMITTED TO PLACE HIS SIGNATURE ON THE DOCUMENT This outstanding financial account outlines payment for Thornton’s time served in the Second Continental Congress between January 5, 1776 to January 5, 1777. On September 12, 1776, Thornton was appointed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives a delegate to the Continental Congress for a term of one year. He did not take his seat until November 4, being four months after the passage of the Declaration of Independence, and he immediately acceded to the Declaration and was permitted to place his signature on the document. During the time served in the present document, Thornton also was President of a five man committee that drafted the first state constitution that was adopted on January 5, 1776, the first of the thirteen states to establish a constitution. The very same day Thornton was selected the first Speaker of the New Hampshire Assembly. In addition, he served as a Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire from 1776 to 1782. WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO LOCATE ONE OTHER SIMILAR ITEM AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT sale, JOSIAH BARTLETT’S PAYMENT RECEIPT FOR SIGNING THE DECLARATION, AND IT SOLD FOR $7,137 AT RR sale IN JANUARY 2017 The document is one page with docketing on the verso, measures octavo, created in Exeter, New Hampshire on November 26, 1777, in fine condition with two cancellation holes at the center, and authenticated by RR sale, the leading autograph sale house in the world. We were only able to locate one other similar item available for sale at sale, Josiah Bartlett’s payment receipt signed by Meshech Weare for signing the Declaration of Independence, and it sold for $7,137 at RR sale in January 2017. Reference: Sanderson’s Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Matthew Thornton's Payment Receipt for Signing the Declaration of Independence:
$6000.0

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