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    Richard Stockton, Jr. Autograph Letter Signed "Rd Stockton", three pages, 8" x 9.5", Princeton, Nov. 27, 1803. This letter by the son of Declaration of Independence signer, Richard Stockton, could be about the Twelfth Amendment which was passed in December of 1803 while Thomas Jefferson was president. The letter reads in part: "Dear Sir . . . From the first moment this amendment was proposed, I was directly against it . . . But the day of reasoning on the true principles of the constitution is over . . . In truth I give up this constitution as gone - its death will be lingering - but its sentence has passed . . . it will be dissected limb by limb with as much indifference as it felt by a surgeon in cutting up a dead body . . ." Stockton, a lawyer and Federalist, served as a senator from New Jersey until 1799 and later as one of its representatives to the House. The third page is inlaid onto a larger piece of paper measuring 9.75" x 13.5". In fine condition.

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