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Gentleman John Jackson (1769-1845) was a celebrated pugilist of the late 1700's. In 1795 he defeated the great Daniel Mendoza. Jackson made a career out of giving boxing lessens to nobles, politicians and other distinguished men including Lord Byron. Jackson was one of the founders of the Pugilistic Club and a recent discovery of hitherto unknown documents related to the same have produced a small handful of receipts in the form of "IOU's" made out in Jackson's hand, like the one offered here which contains his autograph within the text. Specifically, we offer the Articles of Agreement for the May 3, 1814 (later changed and fought on May 17th) fight between Thomas Oliver and Ed Painter on which both illiterate men have signed with an "X" by their names. The general agreement is made out in an unknown hand, but John Jackson has added the following text which includes his signature as part of the text: "It is agreed by both partys (sic) that the above match is alterd (sic) from the third of May to the seventeenth. It is to take place in the hours of twelve & one o'clock. Ten pounds a piece is in the hands of Jhn. Jackson which sum is to be forfeited by the defaulter when the fight is taken place the deposit to be to the gentlemen who takes it." Jackson has written two more unsigned notes on the reverse; plus an additional receipt, again signed with an "X" by Oliver, that is also affixed with wax to the page's reverse and displays a second Jackson signature. The recent discovery of four-signed Jackson items, to our knowledge, represents the universe of existing Jackson autographs. Here is one of those pieces, containing not one, but two Jackson signatures! Chipping and small tears on the edges, consistent with the fact that the document is almost 200 years old, hardly affect the writing and signatures.
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