Lot #143
John Witherspoon Letter Signed

Very rare real estate letter by the ailing John Witherspoon
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Estimate: $16000+


Very rare real estate letter by the ailing John Witherspoon

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey (1723-1794), who served as an influential president of Princeton University and went on to sign the Articles of Confederation. Rare LS signed “Jno. Witherspoon,” one page both sides, 6 x 12.5, August 29, 1794. Letter concerning some potential real estate transactions toward the end of his life. From his country estate, "Tusculum," outside Princeton, he opines on plots and prices, in part: "I have wrote you formerly on this subject and therefore shall only say in a few words that…the good land in general must be located many years ago so that what remains comprises of two kinds of lands quite sandy and barren & some small corners and intervals between other settlements the laying warrants upon which would be attended with so much difficulty and danger of law suits that it is better to take the warrant price for them which is commonly given by the adjacent proprietors." In fine condition, with professionally repaired paper loss to the left edge. In his 1995 reference History Comes to Life, Kenneth Rendell places Witherspoon's autograph material into the 'very rare' category among the signers of the Declaration.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021

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