Five (5) colonial documents including ALS from Stephen Mix Mitchell to Ebenezer Baldwin, Thomas Penn inventory list, Land deed, and bank note. 1st item: ALS from Stephen Mix Mitchell (1743-1835), Newtown, MA, to Ebenezer Baldwin (1745-1776), Tutor of Yale College, New Haven, MA, dated July 5, 1770 in which he speaks primarily of their friendship but also of his "lo[s]s [of] what busine[s]s to pur[s]ue as an Employment for Life as ever…my ambition (un[s]atiable as Hell) craves…Law, my judgement modestly recommended Husbandry…Tell Mr. Wales [compliments] and that tis for want of time affection [that] I don't write him. I am as u[s]ual Your Friend S. M. Mitchell". 12 5/8" H x 7 3/4" W. Biography: Stephen Mix Mitchell, a Delegate and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., December 9, 1743; pursued academic studies; graduated from Yale College in 1763; served as tutor in Yale College 1766-1769; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1770 and commenced practice in Newton, Conn.; returned to Wethersfield in 1772 and continued the practice of law; member, Connecticut General Assembly 1778-1784; member, State council 1784-1793, with the exception of 1786; associate justice of the county court of Hartford County 1779-1790, and presiding judge 1790-1793; Member of the Continental Congress 1785-1788; member of the State convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1788; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Roger Sherman and served from December 2, 1793, to March 3, 1795; was not a candidate for renomination in 1794; judge of the State supreme court 1795-1807, and chief justice 1807-1814; presidential elector on the Federalist ticket in 1800; member of the State constitutional convention in 1818; retired to Wethersfield, Conn., in 1814, where he died on September 30, 1835; interment in Wethersfield Cemetery. (source: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M000828). Biography: Ebenezer Baldwin was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on July 3, 1745, to Captain Ebenezer Baldwin and Bethiah Barker. He attended Yale College, graduating in 1763, and served as a clergyman and tutor there. In 1770, he was ordained as pastor of the First Church of Christ in Danbury, and in 1776, he entered the army as a chaplain. When he fell ill during the Revolutionary War, he returned to Danbury, where he died on October 1, 1776. His brother Simeon Baldwin was a member of the US House of Representatives and a judge. (source: https://collections.dartmouth.edu/occom/html/ctx/personography/pers1759.ocp.html). 2nd item: Handwritten inventory list of Thomas Penn (1702-1775) detailing items purchased from Joseph Burleigh, during the months of May-August 1735 for a total sum of approximately 13 pounds. 12 1/2" H x 4 3/8" W. Biography: Thomas Penn was born in Bristol, England, a son of William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Penn inherited the position of Proprietor of the Colony of Pennsylvania for the Crown of England in 1718 along with his brothers John and Richard on the death of their father William Penn, until 1746 when John died. Thomas continued as the Proprietor with Richard's son, John, and his own son John Penn until 1775. He tried to bring his family out of the debt that had plagued his father. He asserted his independence from the Quakers, and tried to assert his control of the colony almost as a feudal lord. 3rd item: Joseph Bowditch (1700-1780) signed sheriff summons order stating "We command you to Attach the Goods of E[s]tate of Daniel Killum of Wenhum…to the Value of Ten pounds, and for want thereof to take the Body of the [s]aid Daniel…[s]o that you have him befor Our Ju[s]tices of Our Inferiour [sic] Court of Common Please next to be holden at Ipswich within and for Our [s]aid County of E[ss]ex…Tue[s]day of March next : Then and there in Our [s]aid Counrt to An[s]wer unto Andrew Woodbury of Bevelry…To the Damage of the [s]aid Andrew…the Sum of Eight Pounds…Witne[s]s Thomas Berry E[s]q. at Salem, the nineteenth Day of February in the Twenty nineth Year of Our Reign. Annoque Domini, 1756." 6 5/8" H x 8 1/2" W. Biography: Joseph Bowditch was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1700 to William Bowditch (1663-1728) and Mary Gardner (1669-1724). Like his father, he was a merchant and ship owner. He served as sheriff, Justice of the Peace, clerk of the court, and town treasurer in Salem. He married Elizabeth Hunt (1703-1742) on July 25, 1725. They had three children, Joseph, (1730-1758), Mary (1732-1813), and Elizabeth (1734/5-1797). Bowditch suffered a paralytic shock in the 1770s, and died in Salem on October 6, 1780. (source: http://phillipslibrarycollections.pem.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15928coll1/id/3215). 4th item: Handwritten land transfer between Robert Blake and Isaac Fisher of Wrentham in the County of Suffolk, granting Fisher "…his heirs and a[s]signs for-ever a certain tract of low-land and meadow land situate lying and being in Wrentham in the County aforesaid containing five acres be it more of le[s]s bounded on the said Isaac Fishers own land east and meadow land of Pelatiah man west…the tenth day of August in the year of our Lord God one Thousand Seven hundred and twenty-one and the seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George of Great Britain…King" signed and sealed by Robert Blake in the presence of Thomas Fay and William Force, with later note reading "Suffolk April 20th 1726 Robert Blake then acknowledged this judgment to he his act & Deed Before me John Chandler [Justice of the Peace]". 12 1/4" H x 7 5/8" W. Biography: Captain Robert Blake (1676-1735). Robert Blake's farm was on the east side of Blake's Pond on Crown Hill. Biographical Dictionary lists Robert Blake, (c1675 Sandwich or Wrentham-1735 Wrentham); Wrentham House of Representatives 1725, 1728-32, 1734; selectman 1714-1717, 1719; moderator 1726; Capt. 1730; married Sarah Guild (1683-1757) in 1703 and they had 10 children. He participated in eight terms in the House of Representatives. He had one committee. The title of "Captain" was reported on his gravestone. (source: http://www.planetmurphy.org/content/body/BlakeJohn1.htm). 5th item: $10 obsolete bank note dated January 18, 1807 from the Hillsborough Bank of Amherst, New Hampshire, promising to pay J. Jay or bearer on demand. Serial # 69/ pp B. Signed by "D Holmes" as cashier and "Lano Bell" as President. Illegible signed and dated "March 24, 1807", reverse. 2 3/4" H x 6 3/4" W. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with areas of toning, foxing spots, tears, dampstaining, etc. to be expected from age. 1st item: Pages have become separated. Mitchell signature in good condition. 2nd item: Torn in half 7 1/2" down list. Remnants of old tape, 1" down top en verso of list. 3rd item: Bowdrick signature slightly affected by 3/4" tear to lower right vertical fold line, otherwise in strong, clear condition. 4th item: Signatures in strong, clear condition. Majority of seal no longer present.
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