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    [Declaration Signer] Richard Henry Lee Autograph Document Signed. One page, 6.25" x 7.25", inlaid to 7.25" x 8.25". [Virginia], March 23, 1790. Headed "Dr The Etate [sic, Estate] of Mr Turner to Mrs Richards." The first entry on July 4, 1783 is for "a bond amount - £82:10:0," followed by "6 years & 1 Month Interest 25:1:101/2" entered August 4, 1789 and, on March 23, 1790, "interest on £71:19:101/2 from 4th August last - 2:5:6" totaling "£109:17:414," the amount due to Mrs. Richards from the Estate of Mr Turner. Lee then deducts three payments already received which lessens the amount: July 4, 1788, "By my order favor of Mr Lud Lee £16:10:-" Thomas Ludwell "Lud" Lee (c. 1752-1807) was Richard Henry Lee's nephew. August 4, 1789, "By Cash reed of Morehead 19:2." March 23, 1790, "By Cash reed of Watson & Co. on Col. Washingtons order. 50:-:-" Col. William Washington (1752-1810), Pres. Washington's second cousin, was captured by the British at the Battle of Eutaw Springs a month before Cornwallis's surrender. The total of the three payments is "85:12:0." "23d March balance now due Mrs Richds £24:5:4." Lee has added beneath that amount "Interest from 23d March 1790 until paid" with a blank space left for the interest. He has signed "E. E. Richard Henry Lee" at the close. Tiny holes at mid-vertical fold with small professional repair on verso. On laid paper. Fine condition.

    Lee is best known for his motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain. His legendary resolution of June 1776 led to the United States Declaration of Independence, of which he was a signer. He served as president of the Continental Congress for one term and was a senator from Virginia when this document was written.


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