William Ellery

Extraordinarily rare deed for prime Newport land with docket signed by Declaration signer William Ellery in the magic year of 1776.

Document Signed "Wm Ellery", 16.75" x 13", 1p May 20, 1776, Newport [RI]. Overall restoration including infill to losses. Excellent appearance. We know of only three other existing documents, and all sold at Christie's. A similar endorsement, Lot 47, sold for over $8000. An ALS in the same sale, Lot 28, brought over $120,000. The third piece, a journal, sold for nearly $19,000.

In part, the document reads, "To all people to whom these presents shall come William Channing of Newport in the county of Newport and colony of Rhode Island send greeting, KNOW YE, that the said William Channing for and in consideration of the sum of eighty pounds lawful money to me. In Hand, before the ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by William Ellery of Newport aforesd Esq. The receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and myself therewith fully satisfied, contented and paid; and thereof, and of every part and parcel thereof . . . lot of land . . . two acres and one quarter be the same more or less and bounded Northerly on a driftway Easterly on a high way Southerly on land of George Gibbs and Westerly on the land of Christopher Ellery ... "

Item: 38102

Price: $10,000.00
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