Lot 365: Irish-born sea captain (1745–1803) who commanded a number of American vessels during the Revolutionary War. Among other accomplishments, he successfully transported French gold across the Atlantic in order to fund the war effort, organized the crossing of the Delaware at Trenton in 1776, and forced a British surrender in the final naval engagement of the war. Partly-printed DS in French, one page, 9.25 x 7.5, September 1, 1779. Untranslated shipping license issued at Port-au-Prince, granted to Barry as captain of the Brig. Delaware of Philadelphia. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), light toning, and trivial paper loss to the lower left corner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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