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    Richard Stockton Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 7" x 8.75", Princeton, March 14, 1768. Having recently returned to America after visiting Britain, Stockton writes to William Kelly, explaining why he had "to leave New York so early," making it "impossible to have any Conference with the other Council." He had recently been appointed to the New Jersey Provincial Council. He then offers his opinion on a case commenting that "the Sup. Court of Kings Bench here, has as much power within the Province, as the Court of Kings Bench at Westminster over England: and therefore every Argument used in the one case will apply in the other." The pages are detached along the main vertical fold, but held together with archival tape. Scattered spots of foxing with light ink bleedthrough on all pages. Light, uneven toning.

    Richard Stockton (1730-1781) was as signer of the Declaration of Independence who made his living as a lawyer and legislator. On November 30, 1776, Stockton was dragged from his bed by loyalists in the middle of the night and turned over to the British. He was imprisoned at New York's Provost Prison, during which time his health was ruined and his home was occupied by General Cornwallis, whose men confiscated or destroyed his crops, livestock, and all his household belongings, and burned what was then one of the finest libraries in all the colonies.

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