Pierce Butler Autograph Letter Signed "P. Butler," two pages, 8" x 9.75", front and verso. [Philadelphia], April 21, 1819. Integral leaf addressed by Butler to "Robert E. Griffith Esqr." The integral leaf is inlaid to an 8" x 13.25" sheet. In part, "I demanded payment as my right.; if any objection had been raised to it, I would have considerd it as an insult; and have known how to resent it. I never once Sir, viewed you as my agent - our joint signatures to the various papers and to most of the letters are evidence of it...You incurred no expence. I was put to the expence of going two hundred miles to Charlotte, to bring the cause to a hearing; during the whole of the trial I attended the Court from nine o'clock in the morning 'till five in the evening - I had not one comfortable dinner but on Sundays during the trial...I needed no agent - I was equal to, and fully attended to my interest in the joint concern. I am ready to pay half of the expence for copying any documents." Pierce Butler, delegate to the Continental Congress, signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and, two years later, was elected one of South Carolina's first two U.S. Senators (1789-1796, 1802-1804). He was 74 years old when he made his 200 mile trip from Charleston to Charlotte and then wrote this letter. Fine condition.

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