1776 Americana: A Catalogue of Autograph Letters and Documents Relating to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War
Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876 – 1952) was a scholar, collector, and dealer in rare books and manuscripts in Philadelphia, Pennsyvlvania during the first half of the 20th century. A catalog produced by the Rosenbach Company in 1926 lists two letters by George Wythe for sale, one of which is the earliest known letter written by Wythe, in 1754.
Document text, 1926
In a letter on legal matters to a relative of Martha Washington, Wythe, the Virginia Signer, mentions another of her family, Mr. Dandridge.
Refers to a run-away slave. " . . . we agreed to refer the affair of his slave, Moses Flood, to the arbitrament of Mr. Treasurer and Mr. Blair, who value the man to 100 l. . . . Perhaps you may hear of the fellow in Maryland, whither, it seems, he fled, and reclaim him for the benefit of the estate. . . . "
- 1776 Americana: A Catalogue of Autograph Letters and Documents Relating to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War (Philadelphia: Rosenbach Company, 1926), 95.
- William Edwin Hemphill, "George Wythe the Colonial Briton: A Biographical Study of the Pre-Revolutionary Era in Virginia," PhD diss., University of Virginia, 1937, 56.
- This letter was sold at auction again, in 2007: "George Wythe Rare Autograph Letter Signed 'G. Wythe,' one page, Lot #30154," Heritage Auctions, October 25, 2007.