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    John Blair Autograph Letter Signed "John Blair" as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, one page, 7.5" x 9.5". Williamsburg, March 29, 1793. Unknown recipient. In full, "I have this day drawn on you an order in favour of Galt & Barraud, physicians practicing here for 194 dols. 45 cents, payable to them, or order, out of my salary for the quarter ending this present month. I have also directed Mr. John Barnes, South Third Street, No. 19 - to send me some goods, of wch I know not the cost, but I wish you to pay him whatever his account may be above monies which I have left in his hands for that purpose. I have not yet any occasion for the residue of this quarter's salary, & therefore have no direction to give respecting it's appropriation - with sentiments of perfect esteem & respect." Docket on verso in unknown hand indicates the salary is "due the 1st of April." John Blair, one of only four signers of the Constitution not to have served in Congress, was a member of the first Supreme Court from 1789 until he resigned in 1796. His annual salary was $3500, or $875 per quarter. There are folds and show-through from the docket on verso. Handwritten letters of Blair are scarce. Fine condition.

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