JAMES MILLER. Document Fragment signed: "J Miller" as
Collector of Customs , 1 p, 6x2 slip affixed to 8x7 page. Also signed
"P Swasey", naval officer. In pencil (unknown hand) at lower left is
written a famous quote from Miller when ordered to seize an enemy battery at the
Battle of Lundy's Lane: "I'll try Sir." (He succeeded on the third attempt.)
Miller (1776-1850), who was born and died in New Hampshire, served in the War
of 1812, rising to the rank of Brigadier General after distinguishing himself at
the Battles of Chippewa, Lundy's Lane and Erie (1814). He was the first
Governor of the Arkansas Territory (1819-1823). Refusing a seat in Congress,
he served the last quarter century of his life as Collector of Customs for Salem
and Beverly, Massachusetts. Irregularly cut. ¾-inch diameter stain touches "J"
of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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