DescriptionJacob Broom Autograph Letter Signed "Jaco: Broom," one page, 8" x 10.75". Wilmington, August 1, 1808. Integral leaf addressed by Broom to his son "James M. Broom Esquire/ Atty at Law/ Baltimore," clear "Wilmn De Aug 1" postmark. In full, "Your letter of the 30th ulto I did not receive until this morning - the acct of yr Ann's case, is deeply afflicting to us all - She has our united prayers for her recovery, we may as well bring ourselves to that standard of submitting to the will of God - if we can with the assistance of this giver, but then there must be a great giving up - I trust the Lord will support you in this trying dispensation of his providence - I would set off immediately for Balt - but the man whom I have engaged to drive my Carriage cannot be ready before tomorrow, & I find I cannot get any other - the man has not cloaths [sic] fit to go, he is getting some made, which will not be done before night. I intend getting over the ferry tomorrow for as to be in Balt by 4 or 5 oClock in the afternoon of Wednesday - I hope in God the letter which I shall probably receive my tomorrow morning's mail, will convey us a now favorable account of Ann's situation; in the mean time, we must naturally have an anxious solicitude for her. We are in usual health, & join in our affectionate love to you all."
Jacob Broom (1752-1810) is one of only four signers of the Constitution to have never served in Congress. Broom's only recorded national service was the preparation of maps for George Washington before the Battle of Brandywine. In 1776, at the age of 24, Broom became assistant burgess of Wilmington, Delaware. Over the next several decades, he held that office six times and chief burgess (mayor) four times; he served in the Delaware legislature from 1784-1786 and in 1788. This letter was written to his eldest son, James Madison Broom (1776-1850), a lawyer who had represented Delaware in Congress from 1805 until resigning in early 1807, even though he had been reelected in 1806. James had married Ann Driver in Baltimore on September 3, 1803. Their son, Jacob Broom (1808-1864), was born in Baltimore on July 25, 1808, so it is probable that there were complications in the delivery. Ann Driver Broom died 15 days later on August 9, 1808, just eight days after her father-in-law wrote this letter. He most probably reached Baltimore before her death. Jacob Broom, a religious man as is evident in this letter, was a lay leader at Old Swedes Church. He was only 58 when he died and was buried in Philadelphia's Christ Church Burial Ground. The integral address leaf is stained and the seal tear is repaired on verso. Broom's autograph is rare in any form, one of the rarest of all signers of the Constitution. This excellent family letter, in very fine condition, is in its most desirable form, a one page ALS.
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