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Lot 300

Whipple, William (1730-1785) Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire; he was a member of the Continental Congress (1976-79). Autograph letter signed ("W Whipple"), 1 page, on laid paper, 8¼ x 6½ in., Philadelphia, June 26, 1776. Wear to diagonal folds. To John Langdon, member of the First Continental Congress from New Hampshire, informing him that he has been appointed agent for the Marine Committee: "Dear Sir My last informed you that the Marine Committee nominated you for agent, I now have the pleasure to acquaint you that you are appointed to that office by Congress, but it is in expectation that you resign your seat which (by what you have formally wrote me) you will immediately do, the President will give you official information of this matter, I hope you'll endeavor to have a good man sent here in your Room, I really want to make a visit to N. Hampshire but am at a loss whether to set out till I heare of somebody coming to take my place here. I must refer you to the inclosed paper for news being in extream hast." Langdon resigned from Congress and supervised the construction of numerous battleships. In 1787, he rejoined the Continental Congress and became a representative to the Constitutional Convention. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1789 to 1801 and later became Governor of New Hampshire.

The newspaper Whipple sent to Langdon is present: The June 29, 1776 issue of The Pennsylvania Ledger: Or the Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New-Jersey Weekly Advertiser, 4 pages. The paper includes news of the state of affairs in the colonies, as well as an extraxct from Thomas Paine's Common Sense.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

Realized $11,100

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