American soldier and jurist (1755-1795) who served as the second US attorney general from 1794-95. ADS, signed “W. Bradford, Jr., Atty Genl,” one page, 8.5 x 6.75, October 1788. Bill of complaint filed by Bradford on behalf of the state against William Cowan, Jr., for fornicating with Eve Rippleogle resulting in the birth of a bastard child, which was against the “dignity” of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Also signed by Colonel David Espy (1730-95), Deputy of the Provincial Convention at Philadelphia (1775), Member of the Council of Public Safety, and Colonel of Bedford County Militia (1776). At the time of this document he was Prothonotary of Bedford County. Cowan was found guilty. In very good to fine condition, with splitting to the central horizontal fold.
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