Lot #177
Lewis Morris and Aaron Burr Document Signed

As trustee for "a Lunatic," Burr hopes to void a debt for him and fellow founder Lewis Morris
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Estimate: $1500+


As trustee for "a Lunatic," Burr hopes to void a debt for him and fellow founder Lewis Morris

Manuscript DS, signed “A. Burr” and "Lewis Morris," one page, 9 x 15, August 20, 1788. Rare legal document, in part: "Know all men by these presents that We Aaron Burr of the City of New York Esquire and Lewis Morris of Morrissania in the County of West Chester Esquire are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of New York in the Sum of three thousand pounds Current Money…Whereas by an order of the honorable the Court of Chancery on the Seventh day of August instant John Jay the said Aaron Burr and John Watts Junior were appointed Trustees for the Estate of John Cox of the County of West Chester Gentleman a Lunatic, Now therefore the Condition of the above obligation is such that if the said Aaron Burr shall well and truly and faithfully perform and execute the said Trust and tender a true and perfect account thereof when thereunto required the above obligation to be void or else to be and remain in full face and virtue." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Aaron Burr and Lewis Morris, and countersigned by two witnesses. In very good to fine condition, with light toning along the intersecting folds, which are reinforced with archival tape on the reverse. An interesting and unusual document connecting three leaders of the patriot cause in New York—Aaron Burr, Lewis Morris, and John Jay.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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