New York: 1792.
The New York Presidential Electors Endorse the Ratification of "The Presidential Succession Act of 1792," the first comprehensive law establishing a line of succession to the Presidency of the United States, written in part due to George Washington's health crisis the previous year. Many historians refer to this amendment as the most important document guaranteeing the uninterrupted service of American Government. Outstanding and historically important original draft autographed document signed with five words corrected, comprising Sections: 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 of the original amendment, endorsed by all eleven Presidential Electors from New York State, including signer William Floyd. Legal format with run-on sentences, 4to, 2 pages, 1792, New York. In part: " . . . Whereas it is provided by an act of the United States entitled "An act relative to the Election of the President and Vice President of the United States and declaring the officer who shall act as President in case of vacancies in the Offices both of President and Vice President, that the Electors in each State shall make and sign three certificates of all the votes by them given and shall seal up the same certifying on each that a list of the votes of such State - for President & Vice President is contained therein and shall by writing under their hands or under the hands of the majority of them - appoint a person to take charge of and deliver to the President of the Senate at the seat of Government before the first day of January - then next, ensuing one of the said Certificates . . . " In a subsequent section, the document says, "It is therein further provided that if any person appointed to deliver the votes of the Electors to the President of the Senate shall after accepting of his appointment neglect to perform the services required of him by this Act, he shall forfeit the sum of one thousand dollars . . . In the case there shall be no President of the Senate at the seat of Government on the arrival of the person(s) entrusted with the lists of votes of the Electors, then such person(s) shall deliver the lists of the votes in their custody into the office of the Secretary of State.%u201D Signed in full by several prominent Revolutionary War patriots (the majority being Officers) including: William Floyd, a Revolutionary War General, member of the Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence; Samuel Osgood, an Aide-de-Camp to General Artemas Ward, hero at Battle of Lexington & Concord, and First Postmaster General of the U.S.; Abraham Ten Eyck, an early protester of the Stamp Act, a member of the Committee of Correspondence, and Albany militia officer; David Van Ness %u2013 a Revolutionary War Officer and Brig. General of the Duchess County militia; Volkert Veeder, a Lt. Colonel during the Revolutionary War taking part in battles in upstate New York; Abraham Yates, a member of the Continental Congress; Samuel Clark, who was listed in Hague%u2019s as being a Minuteman during the Revolutionary War; Jesse Woodhull, a distinguished Colonel during the Revolutionary War who later became a Brig. General; Johannis Bruyn, a Revolutionary War patriot, politiciana and distinguished judge. Also signed by John Bay and Edward Savage. All eleven Presidential Electors cast their votes for George Washington and Gov. George Clinton, no doubt because of the strong influence of the Society of the Cincinnati, to which many Electors had strong associations and allegiances. This remarkable and rare document is boldly signed and is in excellent condition.