PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION
Broadside (20 1/2 x 15 in.; 522 x 356 mm). Text in two columns; followed by the printed names of 55 of the 56 Signers (lacking Thomas McKean, who had not yet subscribed), headed by John Hancock, then arranged by state in four columns; followed by the 18 January 1777 Congressional order "That an authenticated Copy of the Declaration of Independence, with the Names of the Members of Congress, subscribing the same, be sent to each of the United States, and they be desired to have the same put on Record"; this copy signed by the president ("A True Copy John Hancock Presdt") and secretary ("Attest Chas Thomson secy") of Congress; washed, mounted on paper several tears and small losses, costing in total portions of about fifteen words, signatures very faded. Framed.
The present copy came to light in 1972, when it was featured on the cover of the 23–30 October issue of AB Bookman's Weekly, which reported that "It was acquired from a private party by Walter R. Benjamin Autographs Inc. by 'private treaty' and sold to another private party." This copy, however, seems to have been forgotten and has not appeared in any census of the Goddard broadside. In addition to this copy—the only one in private hands—ten copies are recorded: the Connecticut State Library; Johns Hopkins University (Garrett Library, Evergreen House); the Library of Congress; the Maryland Hall of Records; the Maryland Historical Society; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Massachusetts State Archives; the New York Public Library; the Library Company of Philadelphia; and the Rhode Island State Archives.
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