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Hart, John (1708-1780) [Certification of attendance]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00659 Author/Creator: Hart, John (1708-1780) Place Written: New Brunswick, New Jersey Type: Document signed Date: 18 April 1776 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 17 x 16.5 cm.

Certifies that John Pope has attended the meeting of the New Jersey Committee of Safety in New Brunswick as a member. Authorizes payment of three pounds, 18 shillings for 13 days. Note on verso signed by Pope certifies he received payment. Examined and allowed by Jesse Hand and Silas Condict.

Hart was elected to the Continental Congress from New Jersey in 1776 and signed the Declaration of Independence. Silas was a member of the Continental Congress from New Jersey.

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