G. Edward Elwell, Jr., Autograph Collection


The G. Edward Elwell, Jr., Autograph Collection contains 102 documents collected by G. Edward Elwell, Jr., 33°, a member of Caldwell Consistory (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania), a professional printer and Scottish Rite Mason. In 1898, the 12-year-old Elwell wrote a letter to Admiral George Dewey (1837–1917), a hero of the Spanish-American War. Dewey’s reply became the first signed document in Elwell's collection.

The items in the collection span nearly 500 years of history (1489-1960), and each contains the signature of a well-known figure from American and European history.

Collection Items

Authorization for dispensation for all Commissions of Peace, 1687 April 10
This document is the Authorization to insert a Clause of Dispensation in all Commissions of the Peace. It is also signed by Sunderland.

Confirmation of an agreement between Butterwick and Frieston, 1553 May 7
This manuscript in Latin signed by Edward VI, dated May 7, 1553 at the Palace of Westminster is a confirmation to the Earl of Rutland, Lord Lt. of Lincolnshire, of an agreement between citizens of Butterwick and Freston and Randulph de Blundeville,…

Letter of Reprieve, 1790 December 28.
A letter of reprieve manuscript, signed by Louis XVI, dated December 28, 1790. This forms part of the Elwell Autograph Collection.
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