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    Continental Congress: Circa 1775 Playing Card Ballot. 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" coated six-of-spades playing card. The back side has the names of four men (Peter Van Burgh Livingston, Philip Livingston, John Morin Scott and Theodorus Van Wyck). Peter Livingston was the President of the New York Provincial Congress in 1775. Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a delegate to the Continental Congress in that year, as was John Morin Scott. Van Wyck was a Duchess County politician who was Secretary of State for New York. The ballot was likely intended for use in an unknown New York election, around 1775. It is supposed to have been printed by John Holt, a newspaper publisher and editor who became the official U.S. government printer in 1776. A similar ballot is housed in the collection of the New York Public Library.
    It is speculated that the ballot was disguised as a playing card in case British troops questioned the bearer who could divert suspicion of subversive activity by claiming it was simply a playing card and nothing else. Hopefully, the soldier wouldn't notice the names on the other side.


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