Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey and delegate to the Continental Congress (1730-1781). LS signed “Rich'd Stockton,” one page, 7.5 x 12.25, February 28, 1775. Letter to Samuel Shaw, issued by "Frederick Smyth Esq'r Chief Justice of the Province of New Jersey and Richard Stockton Esq'r one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of said Province," in part: "We Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your fidelity, Ability and prudences, Have thought fit to impower Authorize and appoint…you the said Samuel Shaw to take and Receive in the County of Gloucester all and every such Recognizance or Recognizances of Bail or Bails as any Person or Persons shall be willing or desirous to acknowledge or make before you." Signed boldly at the conclusion by both Stockton and Smyth. In very good to fine condition, with splitting to the hinge and horizontal folds, partially repaired with tape. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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