Lot 256: American soldier and politician (1737-1818) who rose to the rank of major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution but lost his command after a controversial retreat from Fort Ticonderoga. Manuscript DS, signed "A. St. Clair," one page, 7.5 x 9, September 5, 1799. As governor of the Northwest Territory, St. Clair issues a statement regarding a disputed parcel of land "said to have been granted by the French Government." In part: "The original…grant…has not been produced, understood to have been lost; and although I have no doubt that a grant was actually made…by some of the French Commandants for Lands…I have not found it proper to make the confirmation because the boundaries…are vague, and the contents in acres uncertain." In fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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