Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1725–1777) who also chaired the committee that wrote the Articles of Confederation. Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “John Morton,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9.75 x 15, July 11, 1776. Mortgage indenture made between George Kisling and John Duncan concerning a loan of £515, signed at the conclusion by Morton as a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In very good condition, with small areas of paper loss to right edge, and archival tape repairs to splits and separations along intersecting folds; Morton’s bold signature is unaffected. Of the fifty-six delegates to the sign the Declaration of Independence, Morton earns the distinction of being the very first to die, an unfavorable credit which has since made his signature all the more rare and desirable. A remarkable document from exactly one week after America was born, this is the closest in date to July 4, 1776, of any Declaration signer autograph we have offered. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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