Antique Document signed by William Livingston to Pay David Brearly
for his position as FIRST Chief Justice of New Jersey!! - William Livingston is one of the Founding Fathers -
From 1776 to 1779 David Brearly served in the New Jersey Line of the Continental Army,
seeing action at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.
Wikipedia: While at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 David Brearly chaired the Committee on Postponed Parts, which played a substantial role in shaping the final document (The Constitution of the United States) The committee addressed questions related to the taxes, war making, patents and copyrights, relations with Indian tribes, and Franklin's compromise to require money bills to originate in the house. The biggest issue they addressed was the presidency, and the final compromise was written by Madison with the committee's input. They adopted the earlier plan for choosing the president by electoral college, and settled on the method of choosing the president if no candidate had an electoral college majority, which many such as Madison thought would be "nineteen times out of twenty". The committee also shorted the president's term from seven years to four years, freed him to seek reelection, and moved impeachment trials from the courts to the Senate. They also created the vice president, whose only role was to succeed the president and preside over the senate. This also transferred important powers from the Senate to the president, who was given the power (which had been given to the senate by Rutledge's committee) to make treaties and appoint ambassadors. After signing the Constitution in 1787, he headed up the New Jersey committee that approved the Constitution. In 1789, he was a Presidential elector and on September 25, 1789 he was nominated by President George Washington to be the first federal district judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, a newly created seat. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 1789, and received his commission the following day. He died in that office a few months later.
This is David Brearly's pay check for being the FIRST Chief Justice of New Jersey!!
Even MORE amazing - The document dated May 28th 1787 -
The Constitutional Convention took place in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787
BOTH Livingston and Brearly had just attended the Constitutional Convention and 4 months later
they BOTH signed the US Constitution!!! This is a beautiful example of Livingston's signature.
William Livingston was the first Governor of New Jersey.
He also served as a New Jersey delegate to both the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention,
and one term as a member of the General Assembly of the Colony of New York from 1759 to 1761.
Livingston commanded the New Jersey militia from 1776 until 1783,
which required regular correspondence with General George Washington.
To have TWO signers of the Constitution on ONE Document is EXTREMELY RARE / IMPOSSIBLE!!
The original typed description is on the back of frame and gives more information - see images.
I put this document in the frame and is held by four paper tabs/corners with no tape or adhesive used.
I only mention this because a buyer will wonder if the document is glued to cardboard, etc. - it is not.
Also document has not been repaired, glued or taped.
This is an AMAZING piece of US History!!!