Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey and delegate to the Continental Congress (1730-1781). Rare ADS signed twice as “Rich'd Stockton, Atty" and "Richard Stockton,” one page, 7 x 11, no date (after 1761). Handwritten legal document in the hand of Stockton as an attorney representing Richard Cary and Edmund Trowbridge, executors of the estate of John Alford, in their lawsuit with John Brookfield, of Morris County, New Jersey, over a debut of “One hundred & sixty Pounds Sterling money of Great Britain which from them he unjustly retains.” Signed twice at the conclusion by Stockton, the second example of which is in the third person. The concealed reverse is also attested to have been penned by Stockton, who provides a lengthy passage concerning the lawsuit’s debut obligation, which Jacob Moor has endorsed at its conclusion. Matted and framed (sans glass) with a portrait to an overall size of 23 x 18.5. In fine condition, with a small area of missing paper. 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.
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