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    Scarce Document Signed by Peter Zenger's Attorney, Andrew Hamilton

    Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741) jurist, manuscript Document Signed, "A: Hamilton", one page on vellum, 29" x 12", Philadelphia, Aug. 5 1720 in which Hamilton signs as a witness to a deed between Daniel Pegg and William Chancellor for a land in the Northern Liberties. Signed on the verso by Benjamin Chew who attests that "...the Name A. Hamilton Subscribed to the Execution of the within written Indentur to be the proper Hand Writing of Andrew Hamilton Esqr. late of the City of Philadelphia, deceased; And gives as a Reason for such his Belief, that he this deponent is well acquainted with the hand Writing of the Said Andrew, having often seen him Write his Name..." Hamilton is of course best known for his vehement defense of printer John Peter Zenger (1697-1746) who was accused of sedition and libel for criticizing Governor William Crosby of New York. In a 1732 trial, Hamilton managed to convince a jury (hand-picked by the governor) to acquit Zenger. The trial was an important step in the development of freedom of the press in America. Usual folds, pinholes at margins, else Fine. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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