DescriptionAndrew Hamilton Document Signed "A: Hamilton". One vellum page, 29" x 12", Philadelphia, August 5, 1720. Hamilton, the attorney for printer Peter Zenger, signs this deed as a witness between Daniel Pegg and William Chancellor for property in the Northern Liberties. Usual folds, pinholes at margins.
The document is signed on the verso by Benjamin Chew who attests that "the Name A. Hamilton Subscribed to the Execution of the within written Indentur to be the proper Hand Writing of Andrew Hamilton Esqr. late of the City of Philadelphia, deceased; And gives as a Reason for such his Belief, that he this deponent is well acquainted with the hand Writing of the Said Andrew, having often seen him Write his Name." Hamilton is best known for his vehement defense of printer John Peter Zenger (1697-1746), who was accused of sedition and libel for criticizing Governor William Crosby of New York. In a 1732 trial, Hamilton managed to convince a jury (hand-picked by the governor) to acquit Zenger. The trial was an important step in the development of freedom of the press in America.
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