DescriptionNathaniel Gorham Autograph Letter Twice Signed. One page, 7.5" x 12.5", Charleston, September 18, 1771. Gorham, a signer of the United States Constitution, writes to "Messrs. Reynell & Coates" regarding an outstanding bill. The letter is topped by an "Invoice of 3 Bags Pepper ship by Nathaniel Gorham [the first of two signatures]." In addition to the invoice for pepper, Gorham asks that they "ship me 50 Barrills Flour by the very first opportunity" and further asks "how Flax seed is Like to be this year." Minor damage to the upper right corner. Holes where letter was opened at the seal. Light toning around the edges.
Gorham (1738-1796) was a member of the provincial legislature of Massachusetts from 1771-1775, 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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