Washington County [Pennsylvania], July 17, 1789. Ink autograph manuscript on laid paper, approx. 3 x 7 inches (roughly trimmed), approx. 50 words. Old folds; some light browning and light staining and wear; in very good condition. Item #19414
"I do certify that Samuel Whitager [i.e., Whitaker] Brought the scalp of a grown Wolf to me which I destroyed and do certify that he is intitled to receive that sum alowed [sic] by Law for killing wolves. Given under my hand this 17th day of July 1789 Jas. Edgar." Edgar (1744-1814) of Smiths Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, had been commissioned as an associate judge on Sept. 30, 1788; the distribution of wolf bounties presumably fell under the scope of these judicial duties. Edgar had been a delegate from York County to the Pennsylvania Provincial Conference in Philadelphia in 1776 (in which Pennsylvania declared its independence from Britain) and by local history reports also a slaveholder. See Boyd Crumrine, History of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia 1882) and Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution 1787-1788 (HSP, 1888)--Edgar was a delegate to the state convention, though did not sign the ratification. For a background on Pennsylvania wolf bounties, see also Henry Shoemaker, Wolf Days in Pennsylvania (Altoona, 1914).