SEWALL FAMILY OF MASSACHUSETTS. 1. SEWALL, SAMUEL. 1652-1730. Autograph Letter Signed ("Samuel Sewall"), to Samuel Sewall, Jr., recounting family history, 4 pp recto and verso, 4to, Boston, April 21, 1720, with additional annotations by the recipient, separating along fold creases, some browning.
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SEWALL FAMILY OF MASSACHUSETTS.
1. SEWALL, SAMUEL. 1652-1730. Autograph Letter Signed ("Samuel Sewall"), to Samuel Sewall, Jr., recounting family history, 4 pp recto and verso, 4to, Boston, April 21, 1720, with additional annotations by the recipient, separating along fold creases, some browning.
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium

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SEWALL FAMILY OF MASSACHUSETTS.
1. SEWALL, SAMUEL. 1652-1730. Autograph Letter Signed ("Samuel Sewall"), to Samuel Sewall, Jr., recounting family history, 4 pp recto and verso, 4to, Boston, April 21, 1720, with additional annotations by the recipient, separating along fold creases, some browning.
2. SEWALL, STEPHEN. 1674-1729. Autograph Letter Signed ("Steph. Sewall"), to Samuel Sewall, Jr., informing him of their mother's death, 1 p, Salem, Janry. 13th, 1700, including an exterior leaf bearing the address of the recipient and an ink notation of the subject of the letter, creases, browning.
3. SEWALL, JOSEPH. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos. Sewall"), to David Sewall, urging him not to join in the rebellion against England, 12 pp recto and verso, London, 14 April, 1777, creases, browning.
All three letters tipped into an album, 4to, in three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards.

AN ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY HISTORY FROM A JUDGE IN THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS. Samuel Sewall is best known as one of the judges in the notorious Salem witch trials, for which he later wrote an apologetic essay, The Selling of Joseph, in 1700. Late in life, he writes to his son, giving what he can recollect of the genealogy of their family, which was later included in The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1878. The third letter in this lot appears to be from a cousin or collateral family member to a member of the American line, and gives a detailed and impassioned plea to refute the cause of the American Revolution.
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