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#166 - John Morton Document Signed Estimate: $2,500+

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1725-1777) who also chaired the committee that wrote the Articles of Confederation. Revolutionary War-dated partly-printed DS, signed "John Morton Speaker," one page, 13 x 8.5, April 6, 1776. Morton appoints Morton Garrett as "Lieutenant of a Company of Foot in the Battalion of Musketry in the Service of his Province for the Protection of the same, against all hostile Enterprizes, and for the Defence of American Liberty." Endorsed on the reverse by Justice of the Peace Nicholas Fairlamb, who certifies that on May 30, 1776, Morton Garrett appeared before him and "was qualified to the within commission." In very good condition, with splitting along folds and irregular overall toning. Garrett was part of Captain John Nice's company and soon after was promoted to captain in Francis Murray's company, forming part of the "Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot" before he resigned his commission in 1777. Morton is among the rarer Declaration autographs; he would sign the historic document in Philadelphia less than three months after issuing this military commission.

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