Lot 1031: Benjamin Lincoln

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December 15, 2012
Amherst, NH, US

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Description: Major general in the Continental Army (1733-1810) during the American Revolutionary War, known for being the officer who formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown. ALS signed "B. Lincoln," one page both sides, 7.75 x 12.5, November 24, 1784. Lincoln writes from Boston to Virginia lawyer, William Lyles, in part: "I have not a doubt but the expence attending the warehouse rent was indisputably necessary or otherwise it would never have taken place. For the same reason I acquiesce in all the charges of disbursement you have made. I expect Captain Clark will sail again for Alexandria about the middle for December, perhaps before I have it in contemplation to fill his hold with white pine board. If this should not take place, he shall sail by the 10th of next month." Address panel on reverse of second integral page penned in Lincoln's hand. In very good condition, with light intersecting folds, lightly affecting the first letter of the signature, uniform toning, some light scattered soiling, show-through from the writing on reverse, a few small areas of restored paper along the left edge, two small separations at the right edge, a few strips of reparative tape along the folds on the second integral page, and two shadowed areas from a wax seal. Just one month prior, Lincoln was denied the honor of surrendering to British troops in South Carolina, legislature opting to negotiate with the enemy to allow them passage through the state. He then rejoined Washington's army, leading the men to Virginia where he would become an integral figure in the surrender at Yorktown.
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