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RR Autograph Auction Anthony Wayne Autograph Document

Scalloped-topped vellum autograph document, with “Wayne” penned 10 times in the text, one page, 27 x 16, May 2, 1774. A lengthy document with over 1000 words in Wayne’s hand as a surveyor of land his parents, Isaac and Elizabeth Wayne, were preparing to sell. In part: “Unto Gabriel Wayne in fee by Indenture of the Fifteenth day of May 1732 who with Elizabeth his wife by their Indenture on the twelfth day of May 1731 Granted unto the Isaac Wayne partly hereto in Fee who with Elizabeth his wife…Granted to same unto John Wayne in Fee who with Jane his wife by their Indenture…re-granted the same Land & Premises unto the said Isaac Wayne in fee.” Below the text, Wayne has sketched and labeled a 2.5 x 2 rectangular map of the land involved, writing the names of the adjoining land holders on the borders. Heavy intersecting folds, scattered toning, creasing, and rippling, with toning heavier in several spots, otherwise very good condition. Document also bears three partial red wax seals.

RR Autograph Auction  Anthony Wayne

Wayne’s education and strength for mathematics led to his training as a surveyor, a profession in which he worked for a number of years. He was working in that capacity in 1774—while also developing a farm, establishing a tannery, and beginning his service in the Pennsylvania Legislature—when he completed this document. With the outbreak of war in 1775, Wayne raised a regiment and was named its colonel in 1776. He and his regiment were sent to Canada, where he was wounded at the Battle of Three Rivers. His service resulted in his promotion to brigadier general in February 1777. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Anthony Wayne


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