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Three lines in the Declaration of Independence author's hand read, "The revd. Doctr. Manning, from his humble servt., Th. Jefferson." The recipient appears to be the Rev. James Manning, D.D., one of the founders of Rhode Island College, now Brown University. He was also a delegate to the Congress of Confederation, whose work gave rise to the Constitution of the United States. Manning realized the importance of developing a useful library for his school, and devoted considerable effort to acquiring books by purchase and donation. Unlike a typical "cut" signature, this note is written on paper of a heavier stock, such as would have been used for wrapping a package. It would not have been out of character for the man whose gift was to lead to the establishment of the Library of Congress to have sent a donation to Dr. Manning for his school's library. Ink is dark and strong, easily nine on a scale of ten. One of this nation's most valued patriots.
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