1 page, oblong (2 7/8 x 7¾ in), neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, endorsements on verso." /> WILSON, James. Autograph document signed ("James Wilson") a promissory note. N.p., 1 May 1794. <I>1 page, oblong (2 7/8 x 7¾ in), neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, endorsements on verso.</I> | Christie's
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    Sale 2011

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 64

    WILSON, James. Autograph document signed ("James Wilson") a promissory note. N.p., 1 May 1794. 1 page, oblong (2 7/8 x 7¾ in), neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, endorsements on verso.

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    WILSON, James. Autograph document signed ("James Wilson") a promissory note. N.p., 1 May 1794. 1 page, oblong (2 7/8 x 7¾ in), neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, endorsements on verso.

    Wilson, regarded as one of the principal architects of the American legal system, also has the distinction of being ONE OF ONLY SIX MEN WHO SIGNED BOTH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION. He served as the first President of the Bank of America and was an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Here, he pens a note: "Sixty days after Date I promise to pay to Matthew McConnell or his Order [$4,750] for Value received." Beneath, McConnell has added: "The amount to be passed to the credit of the drawer."


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