Lot 349: 1785 1st Chinese & Indian immigrants to the USA

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Lot 349: Author: Biddle, Charles; Title: Manuscript Document Signed by Charles Biddle as Vice President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, in the absence of Benjamin Franklin, offering aid to stranded Chinese and Indian sailors; Place Published: Philadelphia; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: May 30, 1786; Description: 1 pp. 6¾x7¾". To David Rittenhouse, Treasurer of the Council: "Pay to James McCutcheon on order the sum of Twenty four pounds one shilling and sixpence in full of his account for 963 lbs. of Beef furnished to a number of the natives of China and India under the Resolution of November the 7th, 1785" Receipt for the payment inscribed on verso by McCutcheon's son.This historic document records charitable assistance of the new American nation to the first Chinese and "East Indians" to set foot on US soil after the Revolution - sailors from the ship Pallas, an Indiaman which docked at Baltimore on August 9, 1785, the second ship chartered by two former Continental Army officers to inaugurate trade between the United States and China. Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $2000-3000
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