Lot #182
Anthony Wayne

Superb hand-drawn survey by the young 'Mad' Anthony Wayne
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Estimate: $2000+


Superb hand-drawn survey by the young 'Mad' Anthony Wayne

Revolutionary War general (1745-1796) whose daring tactics earned him the nickname 'Mad Anthony.' ADS, signed “Anto. Wayne,” one page, 7.75 x 12.5, October 12, 1768. Survey of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania, executed by Anthony Wayne for Joseph James of Willistown. The upper portion features Wayne's hand-drawn map of the land, totaling 209 acres, which adjoined the property of his father, Isaac Wayne. The boundaries and their measurements, adjoining landowners, and the distinctive "Crum Creek" are shown. Below, Wayne writes, in part: "Draught of the Land of Joseph James Situtate in the Township of Willistown in the County of Chester and Province of Pennsa. Containing Two Hundred and Five acres one half…also Three acres One half." He further clarifies markings on the map, adding: "The Dotted Line at the west end Marked A is the line claimed by Isaac Wayne and the Dotted Line Marked B is claimed by Joseph James." In very good to fine condition, with scattered light foxing and staining, and minor paper loss at fold intersections. Provenance: from the estate of noted autograph dealer Robert Batchelder, and accompanied by his original folder and description. Anthony Wayne became a surveyor in 1765 at age 20, and continued in that occupation until 1774, when he was chosen as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Convention. A very rare and desirable form of Wayne's autograph.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018

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