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Lot 2: (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM ("LORD STIRLING"). Autograph Letter Signed, "Stirling," to New Jersey Attorney General WilliaPlatinum House
November 29, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "OUR MOMENTS WERE NEVER MORE CRITICAL" (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM ("LORD STIRLING"). Autograph Letter Signed, "Stirling," to New Jersey Attorney General William Patterson, explaining that a conflict between two laws is halting the progress of the sale of Alexander's estate, and empowering him to act on his behalf to settle the matter since he cannot leave the army even for a day. 1 page, tall 4to, with integral address leaf; faint scattered dampstaining, folds. (JMR) "Camp Kanahkamack" [Oradell, NJ], 15 September 1780
Notes: ". . . in Consequence of a Law passed in the last Session for Suspending the Tender Act . . . many of my Creditors have refused to receive their debts, alledging that they are not obliged . . . . [I]t would be a most Cruel and iniquitous hardship on me, if after proceeding by the Act to the Sale of my Estate . . . another Law should afterward step in and Stop its further progress. . . . I find it impossible to leave the Army at present a day for I think our moments were never more Critical. . . . I do Hereby Substitute you my Agent and Attorney, to take such measure . . . in my behalf to bring this matter to a proper footing, whether by petitioning the Assembly . . . or otherwise . . . ."