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Patrick Henry

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This is an ORIGINAL and AUTHENTIC 1786 LAND GRANT signed by the patriot, PATRICK HENRY (1736 - 1799). The document is in EXCELLENT condition with nothing obtrusive to detract. The hand-written part of the document shows some fading which is to be expected for a document of this age. However, the signature is BOLD and DISTINCT. Signed,"P. Henry"; this was his usual signature for documents.

Patrick Henry is perhaps best known for the speech he made in the House of Burgesses on March 23rd, 1785 urging legislature to take military action against the encroaching British military force. The House was undecided as to whether to send troops or not, but was leaning toward not committing troops. As Henry stood in Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, he ended his speech with his most famous words:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

The crowd jumped up and shouted "To Arms! To Arms!". Problematically, the text of this speech did not appear in print until 1817, in the biography Life and Character of Patrick Henry by William Wirt. Although Wirt assembled his book from recollections by persons close to the events, some historians have since speculated that the speech, or at least the form with which we are familiar, was essentially written by Wirt decades after the fact.

The matted document measures 11 5/8" by 14 1/2" with the framed size being 21" by 23 1/4". The frame is excellent condition and is the style and type of one's produced in the late 1940's or 1950's. The back is framed with glass so that the back of the document with its hand written clerks' notations can be viewed.

The complete text of the document is as follows with the hand-written parts denoted with quotation marks:

"Patrick Henry", Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know Ye, that "by virtue and in consideration of part of a Land Office Treasury Warrant Number Eighteen thousand, six hundred and seventy eight and given the Fouteenth day of August, One thousand, seven hundred eighty three" there is granted by the Commonwealth unto the said "Robert Smith, assign of Michael Ryun" a certain tract or parcel of land, containing "two thousand, two hundred acres by survey having date the sixteenth day of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty four, lying and being in the county of Jefferson, on the North side of the Green River between Y.G. Harts thirty thousand acre survey that lies within the forks between Nolin and Green River and William Pollards survey of 31000 acres and bounded as followith; to wit: Beginning at a sugartree standing on the banks of Green River at the lower end of a narrow being the lower corner of said Pollards 31000 acre survey, thence running North seven hundred and sixty poles to a stake in said river, thence West one thousand and twenty poles to a stake in Hart's River, thence South nine hundred poles to a walnut and sugartree on the bank of Green River, thence up the meanders of said river to the beginning" with it's appurtenances: To Have and to Hold the said tract or parcel of land with it's appurtenances, to the said "Roger Smith" and his heirs and assigns forever. I Witness whereof, the said, "Patrick Henry, Esq.", Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the "twentieth" day of "February" in the year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and eighty "six" and of the Commonwealth the "tenth". (SIGNED) "P. Henry".

Please bear in mind that this document is dated 1786, which was six years before the COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY became a state in 1792. At that time, Jefferson County, Kentucky covered most of the area of Western Kentucky. The area described above could be any of the Kentucky counties that now border the Green River, including Hart, Edmonson, Grayson, and others. This would be an excellent acquisition for the Kentucky collector or historian based solely on the land grants' location. However, its value will always be derived from the desirability and popularity of the American Patriot, PATRICK HENRY.


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