Printed broadside document, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8.5 x 12.5, August 4, 1790. Broadside publishing an act passed by the Congress of the United States during its Second Session, in part: "An Act for the Relief of John Stewart and John Davidson. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives…That so much of the duties accruing on eighteen hundred bushels of salt imported in the ship Mercury, into the port of Annapolis, in the state of Maryland, sometime in the month of April last, on account of Messieurs John Stewart and John Davidson, as relates to thirteen hundred and twenty-five bushels thereof, which were casually destroyed by a flood on the night of the same day on which the said salt was landed and stored, shall be, and the same are hereby remitted." Beautifully and prominently signed at the conclusion by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Archivally double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait (bearing a facsimile signature) to an overall size of 26.75 x 20.75. In fine condition, with a few faint satins to the upper right blank area, and a tear to the lower right edge. The case of Stewart and Davidson represented the second-ever petition for federal disaster relief; Congress's approval of the requests, in both instances, established the legislative body's role in backing up American industry in times of need.
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