|Documents - Historical|
|Realisation Price||340.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / Collectibles Auction - 27/07/2019 / Manuscripts / Lot 49
Gerry, Elbridge -- Signer From Massachusetts (1744-1814) Signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation from Massachusetts; Governor of Massachusetts and Vice President under James Madison. In 1787 he refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because it did not then include a Bill of Rights; he was actively involved in drafting and passing the Bill of Rights. The term "gerrymandering" was named after Gerry. Partly-printed document signed "E Gerry" as Governor, one page, 9½ x 15" (Boston), May 1, 1811. Countersigned by Benjamin Homans, Secretary of the Commonwealth. Being a commission for Samuel Moody, Gentleman, appointing him to be Lieutenant of a Company in the Third Regiment of Infantry in the First Brigade Sixth Division of the Militia of Massachusetts. Document is printed on laid, watermarked paper; affixed with tape at edges and vertical fold of verso to mylar; old mounting strip on verso of vertical fold. Gerry signed below the seal in the left margin.