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Lot #28
Sold For$30,000.00(hammer price)
 $36,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedMay 2, 2019


Fully titled "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union Between the States of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina and Georgia" (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Printed; Boston, Re-Printed: John Gill, 1777). This copy contains the thirteen articles adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777, followed by related excerpts of Congressional minutes from November 17 and 22, 1777, which outline that the Articles of Confederation would be submitted to the individual states for their ratification, and the economic proportions to be paid by states. String-bound with an address to the "Friends and Fellow Countrymen" of Massachusetts-Bay that answered the objections of individual towns "to be printed in hand bills, one of which to be sent to the Selectmen of each town in this State to be communicated." With marginalia, including notes such as, "Each State to Pay thare Equel Proportion of Money to have Justice Done them in the End." Signed on reverse by Jacob Davis, Esquire, possibly Jacob Davis of Charlton, Massachusetts, who served as a Revolutionary War Colonel and helped found Leicester Academy, the second academy incorporated in the state. 16 pp plus an additional 4pp address. 14" x 8.5".

An important part of American history, the Articles of Confederation was the first document to serve as a Constitution for the United States, an important cornerstone in the formation of the Federal government. The document outlined that states would enter into "a firm league of friendship with each other" but maintain their own rights, resulting in a weak central government. Massachusetts would ratify the Articles in March of 1778, though the document was not fully adopted until Maryland ratified it in 1781. By 1786, the ineffectiveness necessitated the creation of a new governing document, resulting in the creation of the United States Constitution.


Tattered edges, dog-eared corners. Some tears, overall browning and faded text, worn edges, and marginalia. Creased in the middle.

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