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Auktion: Auction 09.12.1994
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CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. The Invitation of the Continental Congress, to their Brethren who are Sons of Liberty and Seamen, to engage in the defence of the Liberties of America. We whose hands and marks are hereunto set...being officers, seamen and marin...

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Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $
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CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. The Invitation of the Continental Congress, to their Brethren who are Sons of Liberty and Seamen, to engage in the defence of the Liberties of America. We whose hands and marks are hereunto set...being officers, seamen and marines..., n.p., n.d. [Philadelphia? c.15 November 1775?]. Broadside, folio, 500 x 374 mm. (19 1/8 x 14 3/4 in.), edges uncut, minor tear at one fold, a few scattered wormholes, mostly to margins, otherwise in good condition. Two columns text. DAVID HARTLEY'S COPY, endorsed on verso: "Invitation from the Congress to Seamen &c." Not in Evans, Bristol, Hildeburn. Rare. An oversize broadside apparently printed to serve the dual role of poster and enlistment contract for seamen who wish to serve as privateers. Spaces are provided for the listing of seamen, the vessel and its captain (all blank in this example). The text lays out seven conditions for privateers, who certify that they will "be subject to the rules and discipline of the American Fleet as established by the Congress," and the Continental Congress's resolution of 15 November 1775, specifying rules for the fair distribution of prize money according to rank, with special prizes to be paid to a sailor who "first discovers a ship" and to one who "shall first board a ship...making resistance."

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Auction 09.12.1994
Auktionsdatum: 09.12.1994
Adresse: Christie's
New York, Park Avenue