Gunning Bedford, Jr. Autograph Document Signed "G. Bedford Junr.," one page, 6.5" x 2.75". [Dover, Delaware], August 2, 1791. In the case of "Hugh Thompson/ v/ Hezekiah Davidson," As federal judge, Bedford orders to "Issue Fi Fa upon the Judg[men]t obt[aine]d in the cause, if it has not been done & if it has - issue..." Fi Fa, or Fieri Facias, is a directive by a High Court to a sheriff to seize sufficient goods of a debtor to satisfy judgment debt. Bedford has addressed this to his cousin, lawyer Gunning Bedford (1742-1797), who, at the time, was also a councilman in the Delaware State Legislature. Bedford later served as Governor of Delaware (1796-1797). Gunning Bedford, Jr. (1747-1812), a signer of the Constitution, was appointed by President Washington on September 24, 1789, as the first federal Judge for the District of Delaware, in the same message in which he named the first six members to the Supreme Court. He served until his death in 1812. This is a particularly attractive document completely handwritten by Bedford who has signed once as Judge and then almost again with all but the "Junr." of his signature in his cousin's name. The autograph of Gunning Bedford, Jr., is one of the rarest of all the signers of the Constitution. Tiny hole in blank area, with light folds, else fine condition.

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