Posted: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
By Rick Couri
It's called a "one-of-a-kind document," and it may bring a huge payday for the owners and an auction house.
The 12 page letter from the Continental Congress is 250 years old. It pleads with the British people for a re-uniting of the nation’s citing "rigorous acts of oppression which are daily exercised in the Town of Boston by an army sent not to protect, but to enslave its inhabitants."
The letter was in a stack of doctor’s bills found in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington. Those bills had been deemed worthless and were to be thrown away.
The New York Times reports it’s a good thing they weren’t. The letter is expected to bring as much as $400,000 at auction.
Researchers who looked at the letter think it was written by Robert R. Livingston, who later assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence.
One museum director said the letter “needs to be in a place where the country can see it."
"It really needs to be seen by the general public and needs to be in a place like the National Archives or the Library of Congress," he finished.
The letter hits the auction block on January 26th in New York.