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Lot 58

Wolcott, Oliver (1726-97) Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut. Autograph Document Signed as Sheriff of Litchfield County, one page, 4¼ x 7¾ in., Salisbury, April 13, 1757. Written on the verso of a writ from Justice of the Peace David Whitney, ordering Wolcott or his deputy to attach the goods or estate of James Fitch and for want of these, to arrest Fitch and have him appear before the County Court. Wolcott writes more than 80 words in his hand, acknowledging that he had served the writ by attaching the land of the defendant and describing where the land was located. There are several legal notations in the margins by other hands. Boldly penned and signed by Wolcott. Accompanied by a transcript.

Elected to the Second Congress in January 1776, Wolcott remained for the debates on the Declaration and returned home to Connecticut (where he had not been for six months) on June 28th, certain that the Declaration would be approved. He returned to Congress on October 1, 1776 and signed the Declaration then.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
Purchased from Robert Batchelder in 1982.


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