A former delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia (1775-1776, 1783-1784), Jefferson drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence (1776). He then served as Governor of Virginia (1779-1781) and as a member of Virginia's state legislature (1782). Named U.S. Minister to France in 1785, Jefferson remained abroad until 1789, when he was asked by George Washington to be his Secretary of State (1790-1793). Jefferson then served as Vice President under John Adams (1797-1801) until being elected the third President of the U.S.A.. A man of many talents, Jefferson has been called "the Sage of Monticello" and "the Father of the University of Virginia”, to become one of America’s greatest Presidents.
MADISON (1751-1836, born in Port Conway, Virginia), America's fourth President (1809-1817), had a mixed record as chief executive, suffering the indignity of having his White House burned by British troops, but his contribution to American liberty is enormous. A veteran of the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress, Madison earned the sobriquet "Father of the Constitution" for his role in the shaping of that document. (His thorough notes on the Constitutional Convention, deliberately withheld until 1840 when all participants were dead, is our principal source of information on its debates) He wrote at least 26 of the "Federalist Papers", the lucid expositions on the advantages of a federal system, which proved invaluable in securing the ratification of the Constitution in the state conventions by demonstrating that individual rights could be protected within a strong federal government. He was equally responsible, as a Congressional leader, for adoption of the Bill of Rights. As leader of the emerging Democratic-Republican Party in the federal Congress, and as Secretary of State (1801-1809) as well as President, he was among the most important of the "Founding Fathers.
DOCUMENT SIGNED 8th. September 1804 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS JEFFERSON and JAMES MADISON;-Condition is worn, with a few tears along the fold, some staining, but is expected considering it was carried by sea and was probably opened and closed in all weather conditions. Its complete with the signatures plain to see. Protected in a glass frame. Its a surprise it survived throughout the many sea voyages it was carried on. From The United States Statutes at Large Volume 6“And be it further enacted, that the collector of customs for the district of Barnstable, State of Massachusetts, is nearby aurtorized to pay the hires at law, of the owners and crew of the Schooner Eineline, which was lost at sea, together with the whole crew, before she had accomplished the time required by law to entitled her to the bounty or drawback she would have been entitled to have received, had she safely arrived in port, after accomplished the full term required by law. Approved, June 30th. 1834.”