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    David Brearley and William Burnet Document Signed "Davd Brearley" and "Wm Burnett". One page, 8.75" x 8.5". New Jersey, September 23, 1779. Bill "To The High Sheriff of Essex" for "attending a Court of Oyer of Term of General Goal [Jail] Delivery himself of Deputy 9 Days @ £8 pr Day...sumoning the Grand Jury...9 petty juries..." Total £92.3. Brearley and Burnet have signed beneath the following: "We the Subscribers Justices of the above mentioned Court having examined the above Account amounting unto Ninety two Pounds three Shillings - do Adjudge the same to be just and Adequate." Manuscript Receipt Signed "Isrl Hedden" on verso indicating Hedden was paid "Four pounds thirteen shillings and five pence in full of the within account" on April 6, 1785, with a notation that "£92.3.0 equal to £4.13.5 Specie." Docketed on verso by three officials including "Jno Lambert." John Lambert (1746-1823) later served as acting governor of New Jersey and represented New Jersey in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Slight separation at edges of mid-horizontal fold. On laid paper in fine condition.

    Brearley, an avid backer of the Revolutionary cause, rose from captain to colonel in the New Jersey militia and was chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (1779-1789). He attended the Constitutional Convention and was a signer of the U.S. Constitution.


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