Scholar, jurist, opponent of slavery (1726-1806) who was the first of the seven Virginia signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Rare autograph endorsement signed “G. Wythe,” penned at the conclusion of a letter addressed to "the Honourable George Wythe esqr., Judge of the High Court of Chancery," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 9.75, February 12, 1798. Wythe's endorsement: "The injunction to restrain the auditor from paying the money to the defendant Vivion is awarded." The letter, in part: "Your orator Rueben Coutts that during the years 1795, 1796, & 1797 your Orator furnished a certain Charles Vivion late an inhabitant of the City of Richmond with sundry articles of merchandise, lent him money assumed and paid several considerable debts due by the said Vivion to persons resident in and near the City of Richmond amounting the whole to the sum of £275 seven shillings and four pence current money of Virginia…that the said Vivion who is prayed to be made a Defend'r hereto has never paid." In fine condition, with multiple horizontal folds. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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