Supreme Court associate justice (1762-1829) and the nephew of George Washington. ADS, one page, 7.75 x 4, May 10, 1804. Pay order issued to the cashier of the Bank of the United States, in full: "Pay to Colo. Charles Simms or order for value received eight hundred and seventy five dollars being the amount of one quarter salary due me the first of April last as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States." Endorsed on the reverse by Simms, US Treasurer Thomas Tudor Tucker, and the cashier. In very good to fine condition, with slightly irregular overall toning.
This is a particularly interesting document, given the combination of signatures: George Washington's nephew as an associate justice of the Supreme Court; Col. Charles Simms, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and pallbearer at George Washington's funeral; and Thomas Tudor Tucker, who was appointed as treasurer of the United States by Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and remained in that role until 1828, becoming the longest-tenured treasurer in US history. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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