Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 14

Price Realized: $ 960
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
THE BLACK PAUL REVERE (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) CHESWILL, WENTWORTH. Printed Document Signed. Small 4to, creases and wear where folded; paper toned; original seal present; docketed on the reverse. New Hampshire, 1815

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A legal lien, signed by Cheswill as Justice of the Peace of Rockingham County. Wentworth Cheswill, (sometimes spelled Chesswell 1746-1817) African-American coroner, assessor, and justice of the peace. In the Spring 1776, just preceding the outbreak of the Revolution, Wentworth Cheswill was elected town messenger by the citizens of Newmarket, New Hampshire. As such, he was entrusted with carrying news to and from Exeter. When word came of the arrival of British warships, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth and Cheswill rode to Exeter to sound the alert and receive instruction from the Committee there. A very uncommon signature.