Lot #124
Richard Stockton

Extremely rare handwritten letter from the elusive New Jersey signer

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Estimate: $5000+


Extremely rare handwritten letter from the elusive New Jersey signer

ALS signed “Rich'd Stockton,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 12.25, May 3, 1771. Handwritten letter to a "Mr. Hunt," consisting of legal content regarding an estate, in part: “I have considered your last state of the case respecting the recovery—Nothing is more fully settled than that the suffering of a recovery after making a will is a revocation; I took it for granted from your first state that the recovery must be said to be after the will, and I confess that your second state has not entirely altered my opinion. The case of Selwyn, as reported by Burrow, does not apply, because the reasons by which the court went upon do not appear.” The letter continues with Stockton citing other cases relative to this one. In fine condition, with two small edge stains.

Stockton was one of the leading lawyers in the Colonies and a wealthy man who risked everything to fight for Independence. On November 30, 1776, he was captured and mistreated by the British, and his estate and library, one of the finest in the country, was burned to the ground. He never recovered from his imprisonment and he died bankrupt at the age of 51 in 1781. In his 1995 reference History Comes to Life, Kenneth Rendell places Stockton's autograph material into the 'very rare' category among the Signers—an echelon second only to that occupied by the virtually unobtainable Gwinnett and Lynch. This represents just the second ALS from Stockton that we have ever offered.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #608 - Ended May 12, 2021

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