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Lot #195
Declaration of Independence: Gerry, Elbridge

“Doubtful of the propriety of speaking to the President”

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“Doubtful of the propriety of speaking to the President”

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744–1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as “gerrymandering.” ALS signed “E. Gerry,” one page, 7.25 x 9, January 31, 1791. Gerry writes to Col. Henshaw. In part: “I … shall tomorrow confer with the Secretary of the Treasury, who has the nomination in the post … to the President of Revenue Officers, on the subject of your letter. I am doubtful of the propriety of speaking to the President unless he should first consult me….” Light intersecting folds , otherwise fine, bright condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008