DescriptionGeorge Wythe Autograph Endorsement Signed "G. Wythe." Four integral pages, 7.5" x 12.5", [Virginia], November 10, 1800. Declaration of Independence signer George Wythe, one of three judges of the High Court of Chancery, places his judgment on the last page of a letter addressed to "the honourable George Wythe Chancelor [sic] of Virginia" regarding a land dispute, in full: "The injunction is awarded on releasing errors, and giving security in the penalty of two hundred dollars, 10 November 1800." C"G. Wythe." Four integral pages, 7.5" x 12.5", [Virginia], November 10, 1800. Declaration of Independence signerountersigned John Bowyer as justice of the peace for Rockbridge County. Toning along the folds. Light ink bleedthrough. Minor chipping at the edges.
George Wythe (1726-1806) represented Williamsburg in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1755 until it was dissolved by the royal governor in 1774. Wythe represented Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776 and signed the Declaration of Independence. A slaveholder, George Wythe became an abolitionist. He freed his slaves and supported them until they could earn a living by themselves. In his will, Wythe left property to his former slaves. Knowing this, his great-nephew, George Wythe Sweeney set out to poison the slaves and accidentally poisoned his 80-year-old great-uncle. Before he died, George Wythe disinherited his murderous nephew.
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