Charles Carroll of Carrollton Signed Check, 1830 A fascinating association piece in which the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence purchases stock in the newest growth industry in the 1830s: the railroad. A check, measuring 6.25" x 2.5" drawn on the Office of Discount and Deposit, dated Baltimore, July 29, 1830 for $750 made payable to "Rail Road Stock." At this point, Carroll was the only person alive who had affixed his signature to the Declaration of Independence. At the point this check was written, the country's first two railroads were under construction - one being the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This financial instrument was signed at a time when the nation stood at the threshold of a transportation revolution which would radically transform the country. Engrossed in a shaky but distinct hand, "Ch. Carroll of Carrollton" (but we can't hold that against a 92 year old man). Cut cancellations well clear of signature, and partially repaired on verso, very light vertical creases, but overall very bright and clean. A fantastic piece of Americana. PSA/DNA lacks sufficient comparable examples to render an opinion on this item. While we believe it to be authentic as described, it is thus sold without certification.

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