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    George Clymer Manuscript Document Signed "Geo Clymer" and "Robert Whyte," one page, 8" x 3.75". [Philadelphia], June 5, 1776. "To John Nixon Esqr. & others/ Committee of Accounts." In full, "Be pleased to pay to Mr. Arthur Donaldson the Sum of Five hundred Pounds on Account of his Engagements with a Sub-Committee of Committee of Safety." Docketed on verso. Committees of Safety were formed in individual colonies before the American Revolution to keep watch of events affecting the welfare of the people. Some had the authority to call out the local militia. George Clymer, Robert Whyte, and John Nixon were members of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety. Nixon was a member of the Committee of Accounts. He was the first person to publicly read the Declaration of Independence, which he did from the steps of the Pennsylvania State House on July 8, 1776. Robert Whyte was a member of the Committee for Importing Powder, Arms, &c. Four weeks later, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress first "Resolved, That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York," as requested by General Washington, then agreed to the Declaration of Independence which Clymer later signed. The document is fragile, stained, and bears two diagonal cuts at the upper corners. The writing is clear and, overall, it is in good condition. American documents bearing the date of "1776" are always in demand, especially those bearing a signature of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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