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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


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

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.


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..."