OFFERED HERE IS A TWO-PAGE AUTOGRAPHED LETTER (7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″) WRITTEN AND ADDRESSED ENTIRELY IN GERRY’S HAND AND SIGNED Mr & Mrs Gerry’s best respects to Governor Sumner &. OCTOBER 25TH, 1798 CAMBRIDGE (MASS). THE LETTER IS ADDRESSED TO “His Excellency Governor Sumner Roxbury” (MASS) AND HAS GREAT CONTENT IN WHICH GERRY PRESENTS A FASCINATING READING LIST OF Books & pamphlets brot (sic) from Paris by Mr. MOST OF THE BOOKS REGARD THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, THEN RAGING ON THE CONTINENT. NEATLY PENNED AND ADDRESSED IN HIS HOLOGRAPH. THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN ON THE HEELS OF GERRY’S TRIP TO FRANCE AS PART OF A DELEGATION APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS TO HELP NEGOTIATE PEACE WITH THE FRENCH IN THE FAMOUS “XYZ” AFFAIR. GERRY HAD BEEN APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT ADAMS TO A DELEGATION TO FRANCE THAT HAD BEEN HUMILIATED BY THE FRENCH IN THE “XYZ” AFFAIR. THE “XYZ” AFFAIR RESULTED FROM ATTEMPTS BY ADAMS TO NEGOTIATE PEACE WITH THE FRENCH, WHO HAD SEIZED NEARLY 300 AMERICAN SHIPS BOUND FOR BRITISH PORTS. THREE FRENCH AGENTS, ORIGINALLY CALLED X, Y AND Z DEMANDED BUT DID NOT RECEIVE A LARGE CASH BRIBE. GERRY WAS THE LAST TO LEAVE THE CONTINENT. THERE IS THE REMAINS OF A RED WAX SEAL ON THE SECOND PAGE, SOME FOLDS AND MINOR CREASES AND A SMALL SEAL TEAR ON THE SECOND PAGE AFFECTING NOTHING. I ACQUIRED THIS LETTER FROM RJM AUTOGRAPHS AND ANTIQUES (BOB MINNOCCI) AND INCLUDED IS HIS ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION AND STATEMENT OF AUTHENTICITY THAT ACCOMPANIED THIS LETTER. ALSO INCLUDED IS A TYPEWRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF THE LETTER ON THE LETTERHEAD OF THE LINCOLN LIBRARY SHIPPENSBURG, PA. ALSO INCLUDED IS A 6 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ SCANNED IMAGE OF GERRY. Elected to the Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts, Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was one of three men who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who refused to sign the U. Constitution because it did not then include a Bill of Rights. After its ratification he was elected to the inaugural United States Congress, where he was actively involved in drafting and passing the Bill of Rights as an advocate of individual and state liberties. He was also the 9th Governor of Massachusetts and served as the 5th Vice President of the United States under James Madison. He is perhaps best known for being the namesake of “gerrymandering”, a process by which electoral districts are drawn with the aim of aiding the party in power. (SEE MY OTHER LISTINGS FOR OTHER DOI SIGNERS, HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS AND AUTOGRAPHS). The item “ELBRIDGE GERRY-SIGNER DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE-HANDWRITTEN SIGNED LETTER-1798″ is in sale since Friday, May 1, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “tarkman” and is located in Toano, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: Elbridge Gerry