Rare Autograph Letter Signed by James Smith - Signer Declaration of Independence




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Rare Autograph Letter Signed by James Smith - Signer Declaration of Independence:
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Remarkable and Rare original Autograph Letter Signed by James Smith, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania, circa 1800! Remarkable A.L.S. Autograph Letter Signed (“J, Smith”), 1 page, folio, no place or date. (circa 1800) To fellow Signer and Pennsylvania Governor Thomas McKean (1734-1817) A little rough at the edges, and one small blemish to minimal effect, very fine overall. A heavly revised draft of a letter to the Governor concerning the ramifications of a suit brought by Richard Peters to recover title to lands in York County sold by the Agents of Confiscated Estates in 1779. Lengthy, interesting and very rare in ALS format. . Measures 11 x 8 ¼ inches. 1 page, with original folds and address leaft on verso. Authenticated by a former specialist at Sotheby’s sale house in New York With original catalog from the Butterfield and Butterfield Manuscript and Historical Collectibles sale of March 16, 1996 where this letter was acquired by myself. . Guaranteed Original Truly fantastic pieces of history. A must for the SERIOUS Collector of American History. Brief History of James Smith – Signer from Pennsylvania Smith, the second son in a large family, was born in northern Ireland about 1719. When he was around 10 years old, his father emigrated to America and settled on acreage west of the Susquehanna River in York County, Pa. James studied surveying and classical languages at Rev. Francis Alison's academy in New London, Pa., and then read law in the office of his elder brother at Lancaster. He was admitted to the bar in 1745 and moved westward to the Shippensburg vicinity in Cumberland County. A lack of clients and surveying work caused him about 1750 to relocate eastward to York, where he married a decade later. Although he was the only lawyer in town until 1769, he experienced difficulty in recruiting clients. Probably for this reason, during the years 1771-78 he undertook iron manufacturing, but the venture failed and he lost £5,000. Smith early emerged as a local Whig leader. In 1774, at a provincial convention in Philadelphia, he supported nonimportation measures and advocated an intercolonial congress. That same year, at York he raised a militia company, in which he served as captain and later honorary colonel. At two provincial meetings in 1775-76, he championed the interests of the western counties and helped formulate resolutions calling for independence, the strengthening of defenses, and establishment of a new provincial government. During the latter year, he sat on the drafting committee in the State constitutional convention. Elected to Congress (1776-78) on July 20, 1776, after the vote on independence had been taken, he arrived in Philadelphia in time to sign the Declaration. Among his colleagues he gained a reputation as a wit, conversationalist, and eccentric. During the period 1779-82 Smith held various State offices: one-term legislator, judge of the Pennsylvania high court of errors and appeals, brigadier general in the militia, and State counselor during the Wyoming Valley land dispute between Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In 1785 he turned down reelection to Congress because of his age. His major activity prior to his retirement in 1801 was the practice of law. Smith died at about the age of 87 in 1806 at York, survived by two of his five children. His grave is in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. I accept PAYPAL (Which will allow you to use credit card.) offer NOW !!! Search terms: cadet, howitzer, engineer, biographical dictionary, army, MacArthur, world war soldier, reference, officer, rank, medal insignia, USMA, New York, united states, Hudson river, michie, Cullum hall, Arvin, trophy point, drag, ballroom dancing, grant, lee, mess, civil , Mexican, Spanish-American, span-am, mess hall, Sherman, confederate, union, soldier, military rare, unique, unusual, fort putnam, revolutionary cowboys Indians, bronco, wild bill, Geronimo, wild west, law man, badge, gun, guns, shotgun, rifle pistol firearms, print, civil war, artist signed westpoint parade harpers weekly nineteenth century prints mens gentleman, president Samuel freeman sale house artist, painting canvas original work of art, Hudson river school painting tiffany & company

Rare Autograph Letter Signed by James Smith - Signer Declaration of Independence:
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