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Morton, John (1724-1777) [Appointment of James Waugh]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00481 Author/Creator: Morton, John (1724-1777) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 1 September 1776 Pagination: 1 sheet 34 x 22 cm.

Appoints James Waugh Lieutenant of a Company of foot in the first Battalion of Associates in the County of Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Note on left margin reads, "Exchanged 1 Septr: 1776. T.M." T.M. are the initials of Timothy Matlack, the clerk to the secretary at the second Continental Congress. As such, he was possibly the engrosser of the Declaration of Independence.

At this time, Morton was the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly. He was a delegate to the first and second Continental Congresses and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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