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WASHINGTON, GEORGE. Partly-printed Document Signed, "G: Washington,"
WASHINGTON, GEORGE. Partly-printed Document Signed, "G: Washington," a lottery ticket, number 257, for the Mountain Road Lottery. with Receipt "numb 257" still attached to left side of the ticket body. - SOLD

1 3/8” by 4 3/4”; separations at vertical folds expertly repaired verso (long ago), resulting in very acceptable but uneven toning. [Virginia], 1768. A very fine example for completeness and condition. Comes in 19th C. pre-folded envelope reading " Continental and Louisiana Lottery Tickets" in script, with that in a larger C. 1860's. pre-folded envelope with mark of "Douglas, Engraver, New Orleans" and some unrelated script, along with the provenance written in 1876. Note: Provenance letter was long stored in the smaller envelope as witnessed by folds and creases in the envelope structure. Rare and complete. Ticket 1 3/8" by 4 3/4"'; Small envelope 3 1/2" by 6"; Larger envelope 4" by 6 1/4”; Toning, Aging, folds, creases, etc. as found on old paper.

Washington operated a lottery to help fund the building of the Mountain Road in Virginia, in support of Westward Expansion. The lottery did not take place, and the road was eventually built through funding by the Virginia legislature. This explains why the ticket retains the ticket receipt as it was likely not sold/issued for a drawing, and supports the provenance claim that it came from the family as they would have retained unsold tickets. We imagine the Washington family sitting around the kitchen table signing lottery tickets and discussing roads, politics, finances, etc. If this ticket could only talk.

Provenance letter: "Fredericksburg Va. Apr 8 1876 I hereby certify that Lottery Ticket No. 257 date 1768 and Signed by George Washington was given to me by one of the "Washington family" has been in my possession Twenty five years, and that I believe it to be genuine beyond question------ Sam'l Kearnsley"

1217-1 - SOLD

1792 Payment Voucher for William Evans, of Bristol, Mass, a Soldier in Colonel John Topham's Rhode Island Militia (Rev War)
Nice document pertaining to Rev War Soldier Payment

Additional back pay awarded by the Rhode Island Legislature Assigns Jacob
Ward, Attorney to pay Evans sixteen pounds, eleven shillings, eleven pence on account of "depreciation of pay" as a soldier.
(7.5" by 12" sight, 9" by 14" framed; some folds, readable; not examined out of frame, but apparently good condition.)



More about the Rhode Island Depreciation Claims List

Interesting William Evans and Col John Topham info
Year Book of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York (free e-book)
By Sons of the Revolution. New York Society See Page 297 for Col John Topham and William Evans

Broadsheet; “An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790"
Nice example of American Naval Regulation of Labor Agreements between master and crew on Interstate Voyages. Form is pre-printed with Mss. entries; Working document concerning Brig Ruby of Newburyport, Mass, and the detailed (by Act) contract between Master John Dilloway and the six crew members; their roles, wages, etc. in MSS. on an 1811 voyage from Newburyport to the West Indies

In 1790, a Federal Law was enacted requiring detailed contracts between a ship's master and the crew for all interstate voyages. The full law was printed on the document, with the opposite side to be filled in Manuscript with details of the voyage, master and crew. Forms were pre-printed, and filled in prior to each voyage with appropriate details. All forms of the broadsheet are rare, with full copies very hard to find in any form. There are several variations of the broadsheet as they were printed by various booksellers.

Act reads: "Congress of the United States, at the second session, begun and held at the city of New York, on Monday the 4th of January, 1790. And Act for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant's Service. It is agreed, between the Master, Seamen, and Mariners of the (Brig Ruby of Newburyport,) Master, now bound from the port of (Newburyport to the West Indies), that in consideration of the monthly or other wages, against each respective Seaman and Mariner's Name Hereunder Set, they severally shall and will perform the above mentioned voyage"
Act continues in 3 column format and closed with printed names of Frederick Muhlenburg, John Adams, Geo Washington and Thomas Jefferson as signers of the 1790 Act.
(Matte: 17.5 by 22”, Sight: 16.75 by 12.5”) Condition: Fold creases, otherwise fine. Very Rare



Treasury Report, December 13, 1790 - SOLD

Alexander Hamilton PPs 3-44 (missing cover and title page; ND, No Title Page; no printer or location listed); Bound by last owner in modern cloth. A hard to find edition, when supplemented with facsimile title page will provide a collector with an affordable copy of a hard to find edition.

Summary as follows: Report on Public Credit
In the Report on Public Credit, the Secretary made a controversial proposal that would have the federal government assume state debts incurred during the Revolution. This would, in effect, give the federal government much more power by placing the country's most serious financial obligation in the hands of the federal, rather than the state governments.
The primary criticism of the plan was spearheaded by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Representative James Madison. Some states, like Jefferson's Virginia, had paid almost half of their debts, and that their taxpayers should not be assessed again to bail out the less provident. They further argued that the plan passed beyond the scope of the new Constitutional government.
Madison objected to Hamilton's proposal to cut the rate of interest and postpone payments on federal debt, as not being payment in full; he also objected to the speculative profits being made. Much of the national debt had been bonds issued to Continental veterans, in place of wages which the Continental Congress did not have the money to pay; as these continued to go unpaid, many of these bonds had been pawned for a small fraction of their value. Madison proposed to pay in full, but to divide payment between the original recipient and the present possessor. Others, like Samuel Livermore of New Hampshire, wished to curb speculation, and save taxation, by paying only part of the bond. The disagreements between Madison and Hamilton extended to other proposals Hamilton made to Congress, and drew in Jefferson when he returned from France. Hamilton's supporters became known as Federalists and Jefferson's as Republicans. As Madison put it:
"I deserted Colonel Hamilton, or rather Colonel H. deserted me; in a word, the divergence between us took place from his wishing to administration, or rather to administer the Government into what he thought it ought to be..."[47]
Hamilton eventually secured passage of his assumption plan by striking a deal with Jefferson and Madison. According to the terms, Hamilton was to use his influence to place the permanent national capital on the Potomac River, and Jefferson and Madison were to encourage their friends to back Hamilton's assumption plan. In the end, Hamilton's assumption, together with his proposals for funding the debt, overcame legislative opposition and narrowly passed the House on July 26, 1790.


Letter Regarding Militia of Martha's Vineyard, 1787

This is an interesting letter from Lt. Colonel Malitiah Davis to Mr. E. Haskell regarding the condition of the Dukes County militia. Davis makes reference to a Revolutionary War raid on the island by British Major General Gray, who was famous, or infamous, for his bayonet attack on American troops at Paoli. The letter is 9-inches by 7 .25-inches and in excellent condition. An excellent eye witness account of considerable local interest

"June 3rd, 1787 / Sir / A few days since meet with / a letter from you requiring an ac- / count of the number of the Militia in / Dukes County and their equipments / respecting Military stores - And as I / was the Second in Command and some / Years ago and there has been no ar- / rangments of officers since and the / chief officer being gone have taken / it upon me to make some return / according to the present circum- / stances in that respect as they now / stand - And I find according to the / best information I can get their [sic] / is in the Main band about 475 and / in the alarm list 189 and as to their / Military Stores there is none, nor has / there / there [sic] been since General Gray disposed / all the inhabitants of their warlike / Stores in the year 1778 for I was then / taken prisoner and kept under guard / with others till all our Military Stores / was brought in and taken away / And there has been no provision made / since being convinced we could not / defend ourselves, neither was it in / the power of the County to relieve / us against such potent and power- / ful enemies. / Signed Malitiah Davis / Lt. Col. / to Mr. E. Haskell (Copy) / at Rochester."



Boston July 28th 1796 / Sir / Please to Deliver Col. David / Payson two Standards for Two / Batalions [sic] of Infantry & One for a / Batalion [sic] of Artilery [sic] for the 8th Division / 1st Brigade Militia Common Wealth / Mass'ts Amena Davis V M, Gen'l / M Sam'l Goove. - SOLD

Approximately 7 ¾-inches x 6-inches. The paper is folded into thirds horizontally. Written on the reverse: for 3 Standards for the / 8 Div'sn 28 July / 1796 / Received the within Standards, / David Payson Lt. Col / 2 White 1 Red / + 2 Staffs / mounted. Toning, stained along creases, small separation on top edge of one crease.


Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

Lot of Papers
Salem, Massachusetts
18th Century - SOLD

Salem, Massachusetts, License and Permit to Erect a House for Tallow Making, Soap Boiling, Distillery and Brewery
Land Owned by Robert Stone and Joseph White
Signed by Selectman

Indenture, Boundary Dispute Settlement, Salem, Massachusetts
Signed by land surveyor, Gideon Foster of Danvers and Town Officials
Joseph White (Merchant)
Robert Stone (Merchant)
Samuel Phippen (Cabinetmaker)

Two pages, creases and separations

Period Copy of Land Deed, Salem, Massachusetts
David Phippen Conveys to Richard Derby
November 1762

Lot of Three Receipts, Brig Alert, Salem
Including Receipt for Armaments, Maiden Voyage

414-30 - SOLD

Printed Table of Organization for the 1st Brigade, 6th Division of Militia
Circa 1794 - SOLD

Printed with handwritten notations including the names of commanding officers of each regiment and numbers of officers and men in the first brigade of infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The document is approximately 18 .5-inches x 7 5/8-inches and has been folded vertically six times. There are separations along some of the creases, and one section is detached (easy repair) Written in pen on blank side, Return of Detachment / part 80,000 men from / 1 Brigade 6 Division / 1794.


List of Goods and Duties Paid on "...Box of Jewelry & Buckles..." - SOLD

Printed and handwritten, undated but a reference has been found of another list of goods from the ship Colworth that is dated 1789. Approximately 8-inches by 6.75-inches. of Ben Walker, Secy to General Clinton, Aid to Baron Stueben, and member of Continental Congress. Benj. Walker is a worthy add to any Rev War collection of content and context. Also signed by Charles Tillinghast.

From the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W. 16444, it appears that Charles Tillinghast was a native of New York City, the date of his birth is not stated. While residing in New York City, he served from early in 1776 as Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General under Deputy Quartermaster General High Hughes, with rank of captain from May 14, 1777 until General Hughes resigned, and then served under Quartermaster General Timothy Pickering, a part of the time as Assistant Quartermaster General, service until late in 1784.


Massachusetts Bay Bounty Note Dated 1777 - SOLD

This 7.5-inch by 6.25-inch bounty note is printed and handwritten on laid paper. It has been folded in half vertically and horizontally and there is a small tear on the right of the horizontal fold. The document is dated January 15, 1777 and promises to pay the "...Possessor of this Note the Sum of TEN POUNDS, on the 6th Day of December 1780, with Interest at Six per Cent, per Annum..." It is signed H. Gardner, Treasurer and by William Cooper and N. Appleton.


1782 Accounting Document - SOLD

Wadsworth & Carter were from Philadelphia and were major contractors supplying the Continental Army and their French allies. The list includes merchandise, wine and sugar, as well as suppliers. Payments were made by Wadsworth & Carter to Daniel Parker, a Massachusetts businessman who was also a contractor to the Continental Commissary Department. Approximately 9.75-inches by 7.25-inches. Apparently connected to XJT60, Wadworth and Carter were contractors supplying the French Army during the American Revolution, with direct ties to Archameault, et al. Note the large amounts of wines, spirits, and other "necessities" that only the French would find worthy at the same time Washington was begging his troops to stick it out just one more year. Fascinating example of how different cultures and positions reflect different behaviors.


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