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# 6513

U.S. Treasury Secretary – 1789-95; Revolutionary War Captain & Aide-de-Camp to General Washington; Killed in a Duel with Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804

Letter Signed, 1 ½ pages, front and reverse of a 7 ¾” x 9” sheet, a manuscript U.S. Treasury Department circular letter. At the authorization and direction of the House of Representatives during the term of the Second U.S. Congress, Treasury Secretary Hamilton seeks information relating to reported shortfalls in the receipt of funds by various customs officers for the year 1790.

“Treasury Department, April 14, 1791. Sir, The House of Representatives having been pleased to direct me to examine and report upon the endorsements of the several Officers of the Customs. I find it necessary to enable me to form a satisfactory judgment upon the subject that I be furnished with an accurate account, as much as possible in detail of all the monies received in the four quarters of the year 1790 by every Officer of the Customs who conceives himself to be insufficiently compensated. You will therefore if you think it proper to have your case taken into consideration transmit me such an account, and you will exhibit in detail likewise in the same paper the expenses of every kind which you have actually paid during the same year. The sooner this information is received, the more early I can enter upon the formation of a report. Should you think proper to make any observations they will be acceptable. For the greater clearness I wish the letter inclosing the above account to be confined to the subject. I am Sir Your Obed[ien]t Servant, A. Hamilton.

The letter bears light, even toning and general wear, and there are a few edge chips and tears, all well away from the text. One of several paper breaks along the usual folds has been repaired with a small strip of paper on the reverse.



# 7664

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Rhode Island; Delegate to the Continental Congress – Rhode Island – 1774-76; Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island – 1755-57, 1758-62, 1763-65 & 1767-68

French and Indian War-Date Pay Order

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”, a manuscript pay order “To Thos. Richardson, Esq[uire], Gen[eral] Treasurer,”  The document is co-signed by Hopkins’ fellow committeemen, assigned the task of preparing for war with France, later known as The French and Indian War, 1754-63.

“Newport, [Rhode Island], May 12, 1755. Sir, Pay Mr. George Lanton Sixty nine pounds, six shillings & six pence (old Tenor) in full of his al[lotmen]t for the French mens boat & charge the same to the Colony. Step. Hopkins.
The document is lightly and evenly toned, with clean paper separation along the center horizontal fold. The text of the document is unaffected by minor paper loss at the corners.



# 6189

Third U.S. President - 1801-09

MADISON, JAMES (1751-1836)
Fourth U.S. President - 1809-17

Partial Document Signed
, as President, “Th: Jefferson,” a 5 ¾” x 8 ½” portion of a four-language ship’s paper, issued at Baltimore, December 22, 1807. Countersigned by the Secretary of State, “James Madison.”

Several light creases, one passing through Jefferson’s signature, with paper loss in the blank left margin, well away from the signatures and text.



# 6492

Third U.S. President - 1801-09

Autograph Note Signed, 3” x 6 ¼”, a personal, handwritten dinner invitation. Although the year is unstated, the note can probably be traced to 1814, one of only two years after Jefferson’s presidency when the seventh day of November fell on a Monday. The other was 1825, the final year of his life.

“Th: Jefferson asks the favor of Mr. Davis to dine at Monticello tomorrow (Tuesday). Monday, Nov. 7.”

Bearing light soiling and wear, along with several fold lines and creases, the note has been affixed to a 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” sheet, with the manuscript notation, “Thos. Jefferson, Signer Declaration of Independence & President U. States,” above. There is show-through of the recipient’s name, “Mr. Davis,” also in Jefferson’s hand, from the reverse.



# 6491

French Soldier & Statesman; Hero of the American Revolution

Autograph Note Signed, 1 ¾” x 4 ½”, undated. Given only Lafayette’s postscript reference to “Mrs. Armstrong,” the recipient of the note cannot be identified with certainty.

“Altho I learn…Your Voyage it pains me much to …with you, My dear friend, and with the confidential conversations we had on every American concerns on this side of the Atlantic, as well as on many European subjects. Whatever distance of place passes us, I shall remain Your affectionate friend, Lafayette. My best respects to Mrs. Armstrong.”

The lightly soiled note has been affixed to a 5” x 7 ½” letter-sheet, with the manuscript notation, “La Fayette,” above.


MORRIS, ROBERT (1734-1809)

# 7667

British-Born American Merchant & Financier; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Member of the Continental Congress – 1775-78; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania – 1789-95

A Signer of the Declaration of Independence Writes from Debtor’s Prison

Autograph Letter Signed, 7 ½” x 9 ¾”, to business partner John Nicholson. Writing from debtor’s prison, the former U.S. Senator and “Financier of the Revolution,” recently bankrupted in the Panic of 1797, sends letters [not present] from General Forrest.

“…April 6, 1798. Jno. Nicholson. D[ea]r Sir, In order to prevent delay in Gen[era]l Forrest’s business I send herewith his sundry letters of the following dates. Feb[ruar]y 26 & 28th; March 1st; 9th; 11th; 11th; 27th & 27th. Last, when you have done with, you will return them to yours & c. Robt. Morris. PS. also one of the 27th Feby. to you.”
The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with staining at the middle and lower left. There is an old tissue repair to one of three horizontal folds on the reverse.




# 7823

Colonel and Quartermaster General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War; U.S. Postmaster General – 1791-95; U.S. Secretary of War – 1795-96; U.S. Secretary of State – 1795-1800; U.S. Congressman – Massachusetts – 1813-17

Franking Signature, as U.S. Secretary of State, “Dep[artment] of State, T. Pickering,” on a 3 ¼” x 5 ¼” portion of a postal panel, also addressed by Pickering to “The Hon[ora]ble James Sullivan, Boston, Massachusetts,” probably Massachusetts attorney general, later governor of the state, 1807-08. With a stamped postmark and free designation, the panel is marked “1798” in pencil in an unknown hand at the lower edge.

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with several nicks and small tears at the upper edge, and there is heavier wear and soiling along two vertical folds.


POOR, ENOCH (1736-80)

# 7493

Brigadier General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, a veteran of the French and Indian War, Poor settled in Exeter, New Hampshire after the war ended. He became colonel of the 2nd New Hampshire when recruits were called after the battles of Lexington and Concord. In the summer of 1775 the unit was incorporated into the Continental Army, and Poor subsequently served in the early-war invasion of Canada and at the battles of Saratoga, Bemis Heights, and Monmouth, his regiment having spent the winter of 1777 with Washington’s army at Valley Forge.

Revolutionary War-Date Signature, with rank, “Enoch Poor, B[rigadier Gen[era]l,” on a ¾” x 3 ½” slip of paper, probably removed from a letter, and dated to the period from Poor’s appointment to brigadier general on February 21, 1777 until his death, September 8, 1780. The signature is affixed to a heavier 5” x 7 ½” sheet, beneath a book image of Poor in military uniform, with printed biographical text also attached in the lower and upper margins.


RUTLEDGE, EDWARD (1749-1800)

# 7564

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – South Carolina; Delegate to the Continental Congress – South Carolina – 1774-76; Captain in the South Carolina Militia – 1778-81; Governor of South Carolina – 1798-1800

Autograph Note Signed, on a 2” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a larger legal document.

“I appear for the Def[en]se in this Action. Ed. Rutledge, Att[orne]y, July 3, 1787.”

In excellent condition overall, the paper is lightly and evenly toned.


WALTON, GEORGE (1749-1804)

# 7665

Signer of the Declaration of Independence; U.S. Senator – Georgia – 1795-96; Governor of Georgia – 1789-90; Chief Justice of Georgia 1783-89

Document Signed, 8” x 12 ½”, Chatham County, Georgia, December 14, 1785, “Geo. Walton,” as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, a manuscript legal document regarding the payment of a debt.

The document is evenly toned, with several stains and a few insignificant edge chips and tears. One word of text is affected by a small area of paper loss near the right edge, along the uppermost of three horizontal folds, another of which has been repaired on the reverse.

Price: $725.00


# 7559

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – New Hampshire; Delegate to the Continental Congress – New Hampshire – 1775-79; Brigadier General of New Hampshire Militia – Revolutionary War

Signature, “Wm. Whipple,” on a ¾” x 2 ½” slip of paper, inlaid to a lightly toned 4 ½” x 7 ¾” page.

Price: $1200.00