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    John Jay Military Appointment Signed with engraving. One partly-printed vellum page, 11" x 7", Philadelphia, April 10, 1779. Jay signs this document as the sixth president of the Continental Congress appointing a soldier whose name is illegible "in the seventh Pennsylvania Regiment in the Army of the United States, to take rank as a second Lieut." It begins, "The United States of America in Congress Assembled." A paper seal of the Board of War and Ordnance is in the left margin and Jay's signature, slightly faded, is in the lower right corner. The document is countersigned by Board of War Secretary Peter Scull. Ten years later, President Washington appointed Jay the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This document exhibits slightly darker toning around the edges, as well as some wrinkling along the top margin.

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    September, 2011
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
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