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Penn Law Manuscripts

This small yet historically significant collection contains a select number of original documents that highlight the political and professional activities of James Wilson. The documents specifically reveal Wilson's achievements as a prominent American lawyer, politician, and businessman which helped solidify his legacy in early American history. The most notable documents consist of commissions signed and sealed by George Washington and King Louis XVI of France; appointments as counsellor and solicitor of New Jersey; appointment as honorary member of the Pennsylvania Society of Cincinnati; Certificate of election as member of the American Philosophical Society; and official letters and Oath of Office signed by George Washington and Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powell. Other documents in the collection that have intrinsic value comprise of one personal letter drafted by Wilson addressed to George Washington; Articles of Agreement with Patrick Henry; a bond composed by Wilson between Manuel Josephson; and an Agreement to enter on the Record of the Supreme Court.

 

 
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