|Title||Richard Bassett document set|
|Date||1796 May 30 [letter]; ca. 1815 [engraving]|
|Description||1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving|
Bassett, Richard, 1745-1815
Rosenthal, Albert, 1875-1881
|Scope & Content||
Richard Bassett document set. 1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving.
A.L.S., 1796, May 30, New Castle, [Delaware], to William Telghman, Philadelphia [Pennsylvania], regarding the purchase of land in Pennsylvania by Bassett. Signer of the Constitution of the United States.
Richard Bassett portrait engraving by Albert Rosenthal. "Richard Bassett, Signer of the Constitution of the U.S., Nat. 1735 - Ob. 1815, From the St. Menin Collection."
Richard Bassett (1745-1815): Born 2 April 1745 in Cecil County, Maryland, British America; died 15 August 1815 in Kent County, Delaware. American lawyer, political figure from the state of Delaware, veteran of the Revolutionary War and delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
|Admin/Biographical History||John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.|