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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


An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790

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

$2,500

232-336


An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790
An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790
An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790

An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790



Letter Regarding Militia of Martha's Vineyard, 1787


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."

$175

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FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's


FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, group view

Marked Britain on the base, these figures rarely are found on the secondary market, and often bring strong prices. The Five figures represent. 5 different figures of the American side of the Revolutionary war. Hessian Soldier is listing/leaning to the right, but can be bent back (too much rum?) Otherwise excellent condition, with no issues.

$275 for group

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FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, entire view 1
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, entire view 2
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, base view 1
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, base view 2
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, entire view 3
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, entire view 4
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, base view 3
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, base view 4
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, entire view 5
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's, base view 5


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History, American Revolutionary
War, Manuscript
Mss. Receipt, 3 Casks Powder for
Salute to honor Gen'l LaFayette
Sept 1, 1824, Lexington Artillery SOLD


History, American Revolutionary War, Manuscript 
Mss. Receipt, 3 Casks Powder for Salute to honor Gen'l LaFayette
Sept 1, 1824, Lexington Artillery, side 2

Fascinating primary document detailing the Lexington Artillery preparing to honor
Gen'l LaFayette on his 1824 Tour of America. The entire country celebrated the return
of Gen'l LaFayette, a friend and supporter of Gen' George Washington and the
American Cause for Independence, and considered a hero of the American
Revolutionary War

On a 5 x 7" sheet of period paper, mss in ink. Folds, wear, overall excellent.

Transcript as follows:

"Au 29
Deliver to the Lexington Artillery Company
Three Quarter Casks Powder for the
Salute in honor of Gen'l LaFayette

Sept 1, 1824 (signed) hc simmons?? name?

Reverse:

Order 3 Casks Powder
Lexington sept 1 1824

Addressed to: Mr Henry Sharpe

Received in full
Boston Sept 1 1824
Ebnezr Smith"

End Transcript

SOLD

270-165




AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Manuscript: Receipt Book listing supplies of Horses, Wagons, and Tack, supplied to the Continental Army regiments located at Morristown, New Jersey during the period of Aug 8, 1780 to Oct 15, 1780,

Kept at Morristown by James Abeel, Deputy Quarter Master (DQM) under Continental Army Quartermaster General (QMGenl) Nathaniel Greene and on behalf of Col James Thompson,
Continental Army Wagon Master General (WM-Genl.), supplied for use by Washington's Generals and their Brigades assigned to Morristown (and area). Primary Document. - SOLD


AMERICAN REVOLUTION:  Manuscript: Receipt Book
listing  supplies of Horses, Wagons, and Tack, supplied
to the Continental Army regiments located at Morristown,
New Jersey during the  period of Aug 8, 1780 to Oct 15, 1780, page view 1

CONTEXT: During the American Revolution years of 1779-1780, General Washington's
main army was encamped at and around Morristown, New Jersey. The Morristown
winter of 1779-80 is reputed as possibly the worst of the 18th century, and the
ill-equipped soldiers suffered significantly throughout the winter. The cost to
George Washington's Army was profound with major losses through illness, death,
expiration of service terms, and desertion. Once past the winter, Washington
faced the urgent need to rebuild his army by replacing the depleted troops and
their necessary supplies. An article on the second Morristown Encampment 1779-80,
found featured on www.worldhistory.biz , can be studied at the very end of this
write-up. It is suggested reading for anyone unfamiliar with the Morristown encampment.

This RECEIPT BOOK, a.k.a. Account Book, consists of 44 detailed transactions (some
with extended entries) concerning the dispatching of Wagons, horses and related tack
to selected brigades at Morristown, NJ between Aug 8 and Oct 15, 1780 by James Abeel,
DQM. on behalf of Col James Thompson, WM-Genl. for the military use by the Generals
and their Brigades at Morristown. Although the content in the 44 transactions is
similar by items issued, the size and volume of the transactions vary by number of
horses, wagons, and related tack, and varies by the intended beneficiary or Brigade General.

This RECEIPT BOOK, measuring 6" x 7.5”, is comprised of approx. 102 sheets
(204 pages) with 44 entries or transactions *(some extended) in manuscript; 160 pages
are blank, and approx. 44 have manuscript content, mostly covering a single side of
one page, with the reverse being blank. The laid paper and covered boards are original,
although the front cover is detached (except for the recent scotch tape repair). In addition,
the first 8 sheets (16 pages) are disbound from the body, with 6 of them remaining one unit.
44 of the blank pages are the reverse of the receipt/receipt copies, and the 116 remaining
blank pages are the final 58 sheets of the book. The inside of the cover shows a yet to be
identified name, possibly one of the book's keepers. The book is all original (cept minor
cover tape) and displays as such. All handwriting is period, and mostly legible, although
many of the recipient signatures are difficult to read and in need of research
to determine correct spellings.

Most/all of the content concerns receipts for horses, wagons and related tack stating
"rec'd from James Abeel Dep Q.M," with almost all mentioning "per the order of Col
James Thompson WM genl (Wagon Master General) . The horses and wagons are dispatched
based on how they'll be used. For example, if the wagon wants a team of 4 horses, the
receipt reflects the right ratio of horses to wagons and again the correct tack to go
with the whole lot. Very interesting, but somewhat repetitive. Several receipts
mention "for the use of Genl Poor’s brigade per/order Col James Thompson, WMGenl”,
or substitute Patterson, Leonard, Glover, and others for the General's names.

To understand the Receipt Book, the players should be viewed as follows: James
Abeel (the DQM or Supply Manager), James Thompson (Wagon Master
General or Requestor In Charge of Wagons, Horses, et al, on behalf of the Continental
Army Brigade/Brigade Generals at Morristown) , and General Poor, Green, Leonard,
and other Generals (recipients/beneficiaries of Thompson's authorized issues) and of
course the receipt signer (the person who is taking possession, making delivery or
otherwise signing for the transaction)

CONTENT: Approximately the first 26 entries are transcribed here. Please note that
where there is a marking CONTENT with a brief description, the actual content is much
longer and very detailed. The shortcut is taken simply to save this writer the time
of complete transcriptions. In addition, the spelling is not necessarily the same as the
entry spelling as these transcriptions were done without an attempt to be 100%
accurate, yet they do reflect the flavor and content appropriately.

FIRST 10 ENTRIES: (pretty accurate in detail) Note: the entries may be a bit out of
order as the first few pages are detached from the main body, and loosely reinserted
with attention order. Pages were transcribed as encountered

"Rec'd at Morris Town Aug 15 1780
from James Abeel, DQM Genl one wagon
four collars four prs harness and thngs
four pr braces four back bands four
belly bands two breast chains one
tongue chain four blind bridles two ???
one for rope leading lines for wagon cover
one wagon bolt one tarr pot two complete
pens one doubletree one stretcher and one
lock chain for the use of Genl Nixon's brigade
By order Coll Thompson WM Genl
Nathaniel Torry "


"Rec'd at Morris Town 8 Aug 1780
from James Abeel, DQM Genl
seven waggons and 2 Continental horses
also one ditto? for the Conductor to ride
Hartman Leitheifor MM"

" sent onto Col Thompson on wagon and
four horses drove by Anthony Gould from
Cumberland County the team is very
indifferent and is prepped for 5 months by
Theolopolis Elmore Contractor of Cumberland
County"

"Aug 11 received from John Mitchell eng??
48 Publick horses and Jame Rensha?
1 hours FS for friend service home"

" Morris Town Aug 15 1780
Rec'd from James Abeel, DQM Genl one
wagon four collars four prs harness and strings
complete four pr braces four back and four
belly bands one tounge and two breast chains
two ??? four blind bridles one for rope leading
lines one tarr one tar pot one wagon cover one
doubletree one stretcher one back chain one
wagons bolt four Crippers four rope battens
for the use of Genl Glover and brigade
By order Coll Thompson WM Genl
Erzekiel Thomas "

"Rec'd Morris Town 12 Aug 1780
from James Abeel, DQM Genl
one team complete which promise to
deliver to Col James Thompson WMGenl
at Head Quarters Now!
One ammunitions waggon with horses
and stretcher
four horse branded GA 2 greys 2 whites
four collars four pair of ?? hung?
four G Hamstrings
four pair braces two breast chains
four back four belly belts two cowles
two cruciformm four blind bridles four
rope halters one tar pot one basket
one dock chain
one padlock and one leading lines
P Elisha Jolly"

"Rec'd Morris Town 12 Aug 1780
from James Abeel, DQM Genl two horses
in place of two that was lost on the road
fourteen wagons fifty six collars fifty six
prs harness and strings compte fifty six
prs braces fifty six back bands fifty six
belly bands twenty eight breast chains
fourteen tongue chains fifty eight blind
bindles twenty eight bindles fourteen
for leading lines fourteen wagon covers
fourteen wago bolts fourteen tarr pots
twenty eight couppers fourteen doubletree
fourteen stretchers fourteen block chains
one wooden saw and two axes for the use
of Genl Poors brigade by order of Col Thompson
WMGenl also 2 copper kettles David Page
NB two horses and two bridles were lost this
morning and two others were furnished by
James Abeel QMG"

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 14 1780
from James Abeel, DQM one wagon
harness complete by order of James
Thompson WMGenl for the use of Genl,
Poors brigade Now!
One wagon with doubletree bolt stretcher
tongue lock chains
four collars
four prs harness hung
four prs braces
four breast chains
four back four belly bands
two doubles four blind Bridles
John Dole
X his mark"

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 16 1780
from James Abeel, DQM
one wagon four back four belly braces
four collars one tongue one breast chain
four pr braces two doubles
one doubletree four blind bridles
one sack chain one pair rope leaders
one wagon bolt one wagon cover
two couplers four rope halters
for the use of GenL Leonards brigade
by order of James Thompson WMGenl
Benj Pike"

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 14 1780
from James Abeel, DQM one wagon
four collars four prs harness hung compl
four prs braces four back and four belly
One tongue and two breast chains
two couplers four blind bridles one
pr rope leading lines oneTarr pot
one wagon cover one doubletree
one stretcher one back chain one
wagon bolt two couplers four rope halters
for the use of Genl Poors brigade by order
of Col Thompson WMG
Peter Wells"

• NEXT 16 ENTRIES: (note the CONTENT and brief description...most of the body was not transcribed)

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 16 1780
from James Abeel, DQM
CONTENT is Eight wagons and stuff
for the use of GenL Leonards brigade
by order of James Thompson WMGenl
William Davis"

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 16 1780
from James Abeel, DQM
CONTENT is two horse and related tack
for the use of the Hospital Dept per Order
John Scott A.C. of the Genl Hospitals
Hugh Turk"

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 18 1780
from James Abeel, DQM one public
horse branded USI posses of Richard
Clairborne DQM Genl ? J Durie" ??
(Not sure about name)

" Morris Town 19 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM one gray horse which i promise
to deliver Coll Thompson WMG at camp
signed duplicate Chris Barston? "

"Rec'd Morris Town Aug 20 1780
from James Abeel, DQM
drove by Jacob Birch Benj Price and Isaac Swallows
CONTENT is 12 horses 3 wagons and more
which i promise to deliver Coll Thompson WMGenl
Benj Price"

"Rec'd Morris Town 20 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM one gray horse which i promise
CONTENT 2 related Transaction for horse, et
to deliver to Col Thompson WMG at camp
William Coughlin"
Another attached Receipt signed by "Wm. Childs"

"Rec'd Morris Town 22 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is 40 horses, wagons and related tack.supplies
promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
John Barr? J Des?? " can't read it

"Rec'd Morris Town 22 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is 44 wagon horses, 15 wagons and related tack.supplies
promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
Jonas Pallanne? " hard to read name

"Rec'd Morris Town 22 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is 60 horses, 11 wagons and related tack.supplies
promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
Thomas Penn "

"Rec'd Morris Town 22 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is one open wagon and related tack.supplies
For the use of GenL Patterson's Brigade
per order Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
Abiel Atwood"
also signed Wm Campfield

"Morris Town 23 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is seven teams complete with 28 horses and 7 wagons
and related tack.supplies
promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
Henry Herder"

"Morris Town 23 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM one waggon in good order which I
promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
Jacob Berent " Name??

"Rec'd Morris Town 24 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is four wagon and related tack.supplies
which i promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
D Sizermann" ??

" Morris Town 24 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM
CONTENT is sixty horses and fifteen wagons and related tack.supplies
For the use of Artillery per order of Col Thompson WMGenl
Rich Smithers"

"Rec'd Morris Town 25 Aug 1780 Recd of James
Abeel DQM one horse colour brown
which i promise to deliver to Col Thompson WMGenl at camp
James Gove ?????"

SOLD

1263-1

CONTINUED:

Excellent info on G. Washington's Quartermaster Process can be studied in:


Supplying Washington's Army by Erma Risch
Center of Military History
United States Army
Washington DC 1981

From Rutger's Library Collection:

REVOLUTIONARY WAR MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS

Abeel, James, 1733-1825.
Letter to Assistant Quartermaster General Charles Pettit. Morristown, N.J.,
October 31, 1778. Abeel was Deputy Quartermaster General of the Continental Army.

Abeel, James, 1733-1825.
Military letters received, 1778-1780; draft of a letter to Nathanael Greene and leaf
from receipt book kept as Deputy Quartermaster General, 1780. Acquackanonk [Passaic],
Middlebrook [Bound Brook], Morristown, Springfield, etc., N.J., etc., 1778-1780.
11 items. Correspondents include James Caldwell, Nathanael Greene and Lord Stirling.

Abeel, James, 1733-1825.
Receipt book kept as Deputy Quartermaster. Morristown, N.J., December 10,
1779-January 30,1780 1 Vol. Photocopy.


MORE INFO and RESOURCES:

The following article is COPIED verbatim from www.worldhistory.biz and is an excellent
overview of the time period covered by the Receipt Book

In a hilly, wooded area of northern New Jersey, Morristown was a small settlement
containing iron and powder works strategically located about 25 miles from British
-occupied New York. It provided a secure defensive position from which General George
Washington could watch for signs of enemy troop movements. In fact, the Continental
army had wintered there once before, in early 1777, after the triumphs of the Battles
of Trenton and Princeton (December 26, 1776, and January 3, 1777). At that time,
privations were acute, and smallpox had ravaged the troops, but those ordeals paled
in comparison to the hardships of the second Morristown encampment.

The weather was the greatest adversary at Morristown. There had been at least three
storms in the last two weeks of November, and when Washington arrived on December 1,
it was amid snow and hail. The army filtered into camp throughout the month. The men
were to occupy the wooded area known as Jockey Hollow, about four miles from Morristown,
and immediately began to fell trees for building shelters. Approximately 1,200 log huts
eventually made up the encampment, and most of the soldiers were housed within a month.
But during the building process, sleet, freezing temperatures, and numerous blizzards
dumped more than six feet of snow on the area, burying men in their tents and erasing
all traces of the roads. Area waterways froze to such a depth that heavy carriages could
be driven across them. In early January, the quartermaster reported that half the men in
camp were naked and two-thirds starved. One soldier later noted a time when four days passed
without anything to eat. When the storms abated, many men either deserted or plundered
neighboring farms for provisions. Supplies were a persistent problem. Hoping to stop the
marauding bands and yet provide for the army’s needs, Washington divided New Jersey into
11 districts and assigned a quota of grain and cattle for each. Local magistrates
cooperated willingly with the apportionment of requisitions, and foodstuffs began arriving
at Morristown as the roads became passable. The bounty lasted for only a short time, however,
and by late February supplies were scarce once again. In addition, the depreciation of the
Continental currency made purchasing provisions increasingly difficult. Without adequate negotiable
funds, the army’s supplies were only a few days ahead of consumption, which kept the men in constant
need of food, clothes, medical supplies, and other necessities.

The bleak conditions lowered morale and caused behavior to deteriorate. Officers were
court-martialed for unbecoming conduct, trading with the enemy, and unapproved absences.
Enlisted men were guilty of neglecting their weapons, plundering, drinking, desertion, and
rowdy conduct. Mindful of the severe depredations the men faced, as well as the boredom,
Washington judiciously tempered the punishments for infractions of discipline and encouraged
recreational activities and declared holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day.

Washington and his officers, of course, fared somewhat better during their stay at
Morristown. Those encamped at Jockey Hollow had larger cabins than the enlisted men,
who slept 12 to a hut. Washington, believing he must maintain a style befitting the importance
of his office and that comfort was a prerogative of command, moved into the Ford mansion in
Morristown. The general and his staff occupied most of the house, leaving two rooms for
the widow Theodosia Ford and her four children. And the general had the pleasure of
Mrs. Washington’s company for the winter. Washington’s administrative labors were enormous,
and he handled much of the burden alone. He was overindulgent in granting furloughs to his
officers so that too few remained to assist him with the problems of supply, personnel,
intelligence, and enlistment. The limited military operations Washington undertook had
disastrous results. In January, he planned a raid on Staten Island, but the British learned
of it in time to prepare. Consequently, hundreds of ill-clad revolutionary soldiers suffered
frostbite from exposure, six were killed, 16 captured, and those returning had only a few prisoners
and some meager provisions to show for their effort. Even worse, the ill-fated mission and the
plundering done by some of the Continentals along the way sparked retaliatory raids by the British,
which inflamed tempers on both sides. Furthermore, Washington’s fear that continuing shortages in
food, clothing, and money might lead to mutiny were realized on May 25 with the rebellion of part
of the Connecticut line. Though the uprising was quickly subdued, Washington was still struggling
with these problems and the need for more men when British troop movements were detected in early
June. By the end of the month, with the supplies that had been accumulated removed to safety and a
small detachment left behind, the Continental army marched out of Morristown, ending a brutal
encampment that had seen the ranks depleted by 86 deaths and 1,066 desertions."

See also CONTINENTAL ARMY, MUTINIES Of.

Further reading: U. S. Department of the Interior, A History and Guide:
Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey (Washington, D. C.: National
Park Service, 1983); Page Smith, A New Age Now Begins: A People’s History
of the American Revolution, vol. 2 (New York: McGraw Hill, 1989). —Rita M. Broyles"

END OF www.worldhistory.biz article; specific article found at:

https://www.worldhistory.biz/modern-history/81263-morristown-new-jersey-encampment-of-1779.html

OTHER INFO:

DQM James Abeel's General Job Description: During the American Revolution,
a Quartermaster Officers was responsible for procuring, or otherwise securing,
adequate food, light and heavy weapons, ammunition, uniforms, tents, firewood, tools
and utensils, and other necessary items for the army to support
all encampments, battles, trips, etc. This includes transportation specifics such as horses,
wagons, tack and other supporting equipment and materials. In addition, the quartermaster
officer is responsible for the logistics and movement of supplies from sources to the supply
depot or directly to the supported brigades or requestors regardless of location. A successful
quartermaster was as much magician as officer, and In many ways, had a direct impact on troop
morale because an army needs to be fed, clothed and appropriately armed at all times, whether or
not the funds were available, or enough lead time was given for procurement. Any deficiencies were
often blamed directly on the competency or efficiency of the quartermaster officer.




Treasury Report, December 13, 1790 - SOLD


Treasury Report, December 13, 1790, entire view

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.

XJT-76 - SOLD



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


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, entire view

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.

XJT-42 - SOLD




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


WASHINGTON, GEORGE. Partly-printed Document Signed,

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




Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents by Edmund Burke
5th Edition
Printed for J. Dodsley
London, 1775 - SOLD


1775 Am Revolution book

A discourse on the travails England was experiencing in the late 18th century, including problems with the American colonies by one of the foremost political thinkers in England. 118 pages, rebound with marbled covers and leather corners and spine.

XJT-53 - SOLD





The Address of the People of Great Britain to the Inhabitants of America
By Sir John Dalrymple, printed for T. Cadell
London 1775 - SOLD


The Address of the People of Great Britain to the Inhabitants of America
By Sir John Dalrymple, printed for T. Cadell
London 1775, entire view

Rebound in brown cloth covers. Pencil marks and notes throughout, some foxing and toning.

XJT-50 - SOLD




Pay Voucher for Pennsylvania Assembly, 1783 - SOLD


Pay Voucher for Pennsylvania Assembly, 1783, entire view

Made out to John Steinmetz, a Philadelphia wholesale merchant, ship owner and importer, this printed and handwritten document is signed by Frederick A. Muhlenberg (1750 - 1801) the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly. Muhlenberg was a former Lutheran Minister turned businessman who served as a member of the Continental Congress, became first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and President of the Pennsylvania Convention. The reverse acknowledges payment and is signed twice by Steinmetz. The document has been folded into thirds vertically and a portion has torn away and been taped back into place. There is another piece of tape on the remaining fold as well as a small hole. 7.75" by 6.25".

XJT-2 - SOLD




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


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

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.

XJT-41 - SOLD




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


List of Goods and Duties Paid on '...Box of Jewelry & Buckles...', entire view

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.

XJT-60 - SOLD




Massachusetts Bay Bounty Note Dated 1777 - SOLD


Massachusetts Bay Bounty Note Dated 1777, entire view

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.

XJT-1 - SOLD




1782 Accounting Document - SOLD


1782 Accounting Document, entire view

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.

XJT-62 - SOLD



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