DescriptionNathaniel Gorham Autograph Letter Signed "Nathaniel Gorham," one page, 7.5" x 8.5". Charlestown, Nov. 5, 1772. Addressed by Gorham on verso "To/ Messrs Reynell & Coates/ Merchts in/ Philadelphia" and bearing both hand and stamped postal markings. In full: "Pr Capt Hinckley I wrote you desiring you to ship me 2 Tons Barr Iron which I take this opportunity to desire you to alter & in the room of it to send six Tons pig Iron & if you cannot get pig Iron then to send the Barr Iron as afore mentiond. I remain Gentlemen your most Honorable Servant." Separation at folds, with repairs on verso. Red wax seal remains, with accompanying seal tear in blank area.
A member of the provincial legislature of Massachusetts from 1771-1775, Nathaniel Gorham was a delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775 and served in the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, 1786, 1787, and 1789. When John Hancock's failing health prevented him from presiding over Congress, Gorham acted in his stead from May 15, 1786, until Hancock resigned on June 5, 1786. On June 6, 1786, Gorham was elected President of the United States in Congress Assembled, serving until November 5, 1786.
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