Lot #7122
Charles Carroll of Carrollton Letter Signed

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland (1737-1832) who was the longest-lived among his colleagues. LS signed “Ch. Carroll of Carrollton,” one page, 8 x 10, April 28, 1823. Letter to John White, cashier of the Office of Discount and Deposit. In part: "There is a Note of Richard Caton's for $9850 dated the 15th March Payable in 3 Months from the date, given in Payment of the Balance due to the Bank, for the house he occupies at the intersection of King George and Stillhouse streets—As I have taken the payment of this note on myself, I pledge myself hereby to extinguish annually, not less than two thousand dollars of the principal, untill the sum of $9850 be discharged and paid." In very good to fine condition, with toning and creasing, and an old repair to a fold split passing through the signature.

Richard Caton was the husband of Mary Carroll, the youngest daughter of Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Caton had purchased the property on the corner of King George and Stillhouse in 1818, and Charles Carroll spent autumns and winters there. When Caton's business affairs went south, Charles Carroll purchased the house for $14,000 and deeded it in trust to Mary Caton for her daughter Emily, in order to keep the property out of the hands of Richard Caton's creditors. Charles Carroll died in his bedroom in the mansion on November 1, 1832, at the age of 95. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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  • Auction Title: The Lawrence Miller Collection
  • Dates: May 14 - May 21

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