Lot 5: Thomas Jefferson

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2015-12-18 16:58:39

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Lot 5: Third-person ALS signed within the text "The Secretary of state," one page, 7.75 x 10, February 17, 1791. Letter to President George Washington. In full: "The Secretary of state has the honor to send to the President three copies of a report & message relative to Kaskaskia, Kahokia & Prairie, to wit, one for each house, & one to be retained by the President. He sends also the original report which contains some things worth the President's reading, tho not mentioned in the report. The passages reported on are marked with a pencil." A uniform block of toning, partial separations and tape reinforcements to the central horizontal mailing fold, and a few small edge chips and tears, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a 1978 letter of authenticity from noted dealer Charles Hamilton.The American Army found themselves mired in the center of the great Northwest Indian Wars in early 1791, hard-pressed to deliver on their president's promise of expanding American frontier territory throughout what is now present-day Ohio. In order to accommodate the influx of French, British, and American soldiers, supply centers were established en route amid the villages of the Illinois Confederation, with the lands of the Kaskaskia and Cahokia tribes, as well as the nearby settlement of Prairie du Rocher, serving as makeshift rest stops. In spite of such reconnaissance, Washington's troops would suffer resounding losses later that summer when nearly 2,000 Native American warriors overran the sorely under-trained forces of Major General Arthur St. Clair. Correspondence between Jefferson and Washington is virtually unobtainable, representing one of the finest combinations in presidential collectibles. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $15000-20000
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