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    A 1776 Partially Printed Document from the Press of John Dunlap, Printer of the Declaration of Independence John Dunlap (1747-1812), famous printer, was born in Strabane, Ireland, in 1747. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 27, 1812. While a boy, he went to live with an uncle, William Dunlap, a printer and publisher in Philadelphia. At the age of 18, John Dunlap entered the business, and in November, 1771 began the publication of the Pennsylvania Packet. This paper was changed into a daily in 1784, the first in the United States, and afterward became the North American and United States Gazette. Mr. Dunlap was appointed printer to Congress, and first printed the Declaration of Independence. He was an officer in the first troop of Philadelphia cavalry, which became the body-guard of Washington at Trenton and Princeton. In 1780 he gave 4,000 British pounds to supply provisions to the Revolutionary Army. Document, one page, January 6, 1776, Pennsylvania. A paper-thin piece of history from the printer of the Declaration of Independence undoubtedly printed with the same type used for the Declaration. This document appears to be a contract of payment between two men and the High Sheriff of the County of Cumberland for forty pounds. In part the document reads, "Know all men by these presents that we Randle [sic] Chamber and James Chamber both of Cumberland County Yeoman are held and firmly bound unto Robert Semple, Esq; High Sheriff of the County of Cumberland in the sum of forty pounds - Lawful Money of Pennsylvania, to be paid to the said Robert Semple, or his certain Attorney, Executors, Administrators or Assigns : For which Payment well and truly to be made and done, WE do bind ourselves, and each of us, for and in the Whole, our, and each of our heirs...." The document has some minor repairs and flaws present as well. (PSA/DNA lacks sufficient comparable examples to render an opinion on this item. While we believe it to be authentic as described, it is thus sold without certification).

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