Lot 7: CLEMENT BIDDLE Partially Printed Document Thrice Signed
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Signed Thrice by Clement Biddle Document
COLONEL CLEMENT BIDDLE (1740-1814). American Revolutionary War Officer, Biddle fought in the Battle of Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth; Continental Army Commissary General at Valley Forge with George Washington; in 1781, Quarter-Master General of the Pennsylvanian troops; appointed the First U.S. Marshal (1789-1793) for Pennsylvania by President George Washington.
April 15, 1801-Dated Federal Period, Ornate Partially-Printed Document, Signed Three Times, "Clement Biddle," having 3 pages, Choice Very Fine. This fully executed Document is engrossed and signed three times by Biddle, and includes his embossed notarization of an annexed list of goods shipped from the port and bound for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, lost in a shipwreck. Weak folds with some edge splits on one portion, boldly written and vividly printed on clean bright period paper. With a choice US 25 Cent Stamp Embossed Revenue sharply impressed at upper right. Highly attractive with nice eye appeal for display. (2 items tied)
Clement Biddle (1740-1814) was a Revolutionary War army officer, born in Philadelphia. During the war, General Nathanael Greene appointed him as aide-de-camp in 1776. He later served as Deputy Quartermaster General for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey militias, Commissary General of Forage (1777-1780), and Quartermaster General for the Pennsylvania Militia (1781-1783). Clement Biddle is best known, however, as a prosperous merchant, and member of the Biddle family of Pennsylvania entrepreneurs.