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    Thomas McKean Autograph Letter Signed "Tho M:Kean," one page, 8" x 10". Philadelphia, May 14, 1816. To "The Honorable Richard Cutts." In part: "Soon after Mrs. Cutts set out for Washington, the inclosed letter for her was delivered from the post-office, and is now returned... Kiss your amiable little daughter Dolly for me, present my devoirs to Mrs. Cutts and accept the best wishes of, dear Sir, Your most obedt. Servt." Former Massachusetts Congressman Richard Cutts (1771-1845) was Superintendent General of Military Supplies from 1813-1817. In 1804, he married Anna Payne (1779-1832), Dolley Madison's sister, and they had seven children including Dolley Payne Madison Cutts (1811-1838) who was five years old when 82-year-old Thomas McKean asked her father to kiss her for him. A member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776, 1778-1782) from Delaware, McKean signed the Declaration of Independence and served as President of Congress in 1781. This darkly penned and boldly signed letter has been affixed to a sheet of brown paper resulting in light wrinkles at the corners. It is in fine condition.

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    October, 2007
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