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    (Alexander Hamilton) Gouverneur Morris (1752 - 1816), Signer and part author of the United States Constitution, Partly Printed Document Signed "Gov Morris" and also signed by Rufus King (1755 - 1827), "R King", Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1760 - 1833), "Oliv. Wolcott" and others as Trustees of the Estate of Alexander Hamilton, one page, 7" x 6", New York, November 29, 1804. A wonderful piece of Hamiltoniana signed by some of his closest political allies. A "Certificate" issued to "Dewitt Clinton for a Share in the Trust intended in a certain Writing of this date, relative to the estate of Alexander Hamilton, deceased; and this Certificate to be assignable, and to be receivable on Sales of the Estate by the Trustees, as a payment of Two Hundred Dollars: the Dividends, however, if any, which may have been paid on the Share, being first deducted." Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel a few months earlier, July 11, 1804, on the heights of Weehawken, New Jersey by political adversary Aaron Burr. Their rivalry had festered for many years -- Hamilton, a high Federalist, and Burr, a staunch Democratic-Republican, faced one another in a duel sparked by Hamilton's effort to deny Burr the Vice Presidency and the governorship of New York. The day before the fateful duel, Hamilton composed his last will and testament. He did not name Clinton or anyone else; his only named heir was his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. Thus the payment to Clinton was likely resulting from a debt. A fine association piece. Very Fine condition. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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