Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744-1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as 'gerrymandering.' ALS signed “E. Gerry,” one page, 6.5 x 9.75, November 9, 1813. Letter to Samuel Bradley, in part: "I have received from Doctor Marney in London a package in regard to which he states, that 'the large parcel addressed to you, contains books intended for sale by auction for improvements in Fryburg. I request you to retain them till M. Samuel Bradley & you communicate.' I have also a magazine which he says his printer addresses for your acceptance. Enclosed is likewise a prospective transmitted to you agreeably to his request. Please to inform me by a line where to deposit the package & magazine; & if I should be absent, Ms. Gerry will order them to the place." Gerry adds his franking signature, "free, E. Gerry," on the reverse of the second integral page. In fine condition, with the letter and its integral address leaf affixed together. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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