Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration, signs his name several times within the text of four documentsJosiah Bartlett Autograph Documents (4) Signed , comprised of three promissory notes (dated May 1766, November 1769, and October 1790 [all are signed "Josiah Bartlett" within the text) and one document entitled, "A List of my Own Deeds from October 15th 1751."
In "A List of my Own Deeds . . . ," "J. Bartlett" is written twice in the text and "JB" is written at least twenty-three times throughout. This document contains a list of land transactions between Bartlett and sellers, who are listed by name. The final date recorded in the document is in April 1778. (One and one-quarter pages, 7.75" x 12.5".) Toned with folds.
Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) was a New Hampshire physician and lifelong public servant who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, a chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, and a governor of the state. The physician was chosen a New Hampshire delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1775. From Philadelphia in July 1776, Bartlett and the other gathered delegates of the Second Continental Congress voted to "dissolve the political bands" between the colonies and the mother country. When the delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, they were committing treason which meant they forfeited their lives and property. Bartlett, as this collection of documents shows, was wealthy and the owner of several pieces of property which, if the Americans had lost their revolution, would have been forfeited and lost. In spite of the risks, Bartlett is known as the first to cast his vote in favor of a formal declaration of independence.
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