Lot 10: ALS as president, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 27, 1809. Letter to Reverend William Bentley regarding a testimonial for General John Stark. In part: "I have addressed the few lines enclosed to General Stark. If the possession of this sincere testimony of my esteem be entirely satisfactory, it may perhaps be as well that it should not be followed by a publication; the sole object being, to contribute in that form, whatever gratification may be afforded to him, by bearing the sentiments of one, of whom he has been pleased to think and to speak so favorably. With entire confidence in your judicious estimate of the case, I limit myself to this intimation." Professionally cleaned and silked on both sides; in fine condition, with writing a couple shades light.
John Stark was a major general in the Continental Army who became known as the 'Hero of Bennington' for leading the decisive American victory at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. Madison's message to him commended his role as 'a hero and patriot in establishing the independence of our country.' Stark responded in a similarly laudatory manner, and the two remained friends and correspondents for the rest of their lives. A superb piece associated with the success of the American Revolution.
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