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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,140
Estimate:
$1,500 - $2,500

Title:
Autograph Letter Signed

Author:
McDougall, Alexander . Continental Major General, succeeded Arnold at West Pont

Place:
Philadelphia

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Date:
February 5, 1781

Description:
Full page, folio. To Colonel Richard Varick, Continental officer, later Mayor of New York, docketed by him. Addressed and free-franked by McDougall on the integral leaf. As a member of the Continental Congress, with his rare frank. “Inclosed you have an act of Congress on the subject of your memorial. As its date is so old, I conclude the notification of the President, must have miscarried. There is a report of a committee before Congress to make up the depreciation to the Civil Staff of the Army, but the attention of Congress is so much engrossed by plans for establishing funds for public credit, that no time is devoted to any other subject. When the report is taken up I shall endeavor to get the mustering department included...” Exonerated by a Court of Inquiry after Benedict Arnold’s defection - Varick had been Arnold’s aide at West Point - Varick found himself still under suspicion at this time and his memorial to Congress was probably related. Those who doubted his loyalty were silenced in May of 1781 when George Washington appointed him to supervise the arranging and copying of the headquarters papers.

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Condition:
Some age toning, expertly reinforced with silk.


 
Item number:
120263
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