|Address Leaf Franked By George Washington Sent to Brigadier General George Weedon On the Eve of The British Surrender at Yorktown in 1781|
George Washington (USA, 1732 - 1799)
Address panel that bears original franking signature of George Washington, addressed in the hand of his aide-de-camp John Trumbull, to “Brig(adie)r General [George]Weedon,Glouster County.” General Weedon was ordered by Washington to attack Lord Banastre Tarleton and thus isolate Lord Cornwallis and his troops. Docketed by Weedon while in Williamsburg, VA, Sept. 29, 1781, less than a month before Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.Magnificent strong signature
|John Hancock Pens a Letter in August, 1776, Remanding Three Men Suspected of Sedition to the Council of Safety in Philadelphia; Written on the Back of an ALS of Robert Hanson Harrison, Naming the Three Men and Sending Them to New York|
John Hancock (USA, 1737 - 1793)
JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793). Merchant, statesman, patriot; first to sign Declaration of Independence. ALS, 1p, 4to, [Philadelphia], August 22, 1776. “To the Officers of the Guard at the Indian Queen”.
“You are to take the within nam’d persons now in your Custody, to the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania, who are Requested to Examine them touching the matters alledged against them and if nothing be found against them they be discharg’d.
By order of Congress
Augst 22d: 1776 John Hancock, Presid’t
Note: The”Indian Queen” was a hotel in Philadelphia which was used to house prisoners.
ROBERT HANSON HARRISON (1745-1790) American lawyer and jurist; aide-de-camp to General George Washington from 1775-1781, the second longest serving in that capacity next to Tench Tilghman. ALS, “Robt H Harrison Secy” with a postscript signed “R H Harrison”.
Harrison had served as Washington’s lawyer in Virginia and had accompanied him for three days in 1769 to obtain the land of his neighbor John Posey, in payment of a debt. In 1775 Washington summoned Harrison help him and he became the only Virginian on his staff. In addition to secretarial duties, Harrison also helped Washington execute many official military duties as is evidenced in this letter:
“To Jacob Shafer of the City of New York
Whereas there is full reason to Apprehend that Certain Thomas and Patrick Ballantine & Robert Gilmore late of the Colony of Virginia and who Passed from the above said City this morning to (Powder Hart?) are persons unfriendly to the Rights and Liberties of the United States of America, and are Carrying on Sundry Malpractices against the Interest of the said States- These are therefore to Require you to make Diligent Pursuit after all and every of the Person aforesaid and them having (been) found, the same and all Sincerely Delivered to the Committee of the Town or County that shall be most Contiguous to be by them safely Conveyed to th City of Philadelphia and then Delivered to the Honorable President of the Continental Congress.
By His Excellency’s Command,
Robt. H.Harrison Secy
Head Qrs N York
Augt. 17th 1776
All Friends to America are requested to aid & assist the said Jacob Shafer in the Execution of this Warrant”
There was a Jacob Shafer in the Berks County militia who may have been stationed in New York in 1776.
An amazing pair of letters linking two great American patriots just a month or so after the Declaration. Also note the early use of the term, “United States of America” in Harrison’s letter.
After the War Washington nominated Harrison to the Supreme Court of the United States, which he refused because of ill health; he died a few months after he had been confirmed by the Senate.
|Copper Plate Engraving of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne |
Samuel Harris (USA, 1783 - 1810)
Copper plate engraving on sheet measuring 9 3/4 x 6 inches; the plate size 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches. The small oval portrait shows General Wayne in uniform with epaulets and fancy embroidered wide "Tricorn" hat. Signed below oval image within plate mark, "S.Harris, Sc". Light water stain over image, easily removed
Anthony Wayne, known as "Mad Anthony" because of his bravado in leading troops into the Battle of Stony Point (July 16,1779), was an American Revolutionary War officer. He began as a Colonel in a Pennsylvania Regiment, and became a Brigadier General in February 1777. Wayne participated in numerous battles including Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point (for which he received a Congressional medal), and was with Washington at Valley Forge during the winter encampment of 1777-1778. General Wayne, upon hearing of Arnold's treason, brought troops to support West Point, and was at Yorktown in 1781.
|SHIPPING DOCUMENT FROM NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND DATED JULY 22, 1776|
American Revolution (USA, 1776 - 1776)
A shipping bill of lading by the master of the Brig “Othello” listing all sorts of building materials, flour, meat, and onions. Significantly absent is the port of destination so the British could not follow or intercept her. Capture would have meant confiscation of cargo and crew sent to England as traitors and prisoners of war. Dated at Newport, 22nd July 1776. Sold
|Letter to John Boardman from the Long Time Revolutionary Period New York Lieutenant Governor Pierre Van Cortlandt|
Pierre Van Cortlandt (USA, 1721 - 1814)
ALS, "P.V.Cortlandt, 1p, 4to, Philadelphia, Jan.1st, 1799. With address leaf bearing a light red PHI postmark and matching straight line "FREE"; Van Cortlandt has franked it in the upper right hand corner, "P.V.Cortlandt".
Van Cortlandt, descended from early settlers of New York including mayor Stephanus Van Cortlandt, and served as Lieutenant Governor of New York under George Clinton from 1777-1795. In 1747 he inherited the Van Cortlandt Manor House and extensive surrounding lands from his father, Philip Van Cortlandt. Apparently, he was presed for money when he penned this letter as he is reminding Boardman that he "...must be sensible that altho the Land is bound you are not in the least exonerated from payment of your bond..."