Signed Autograph Letter as Secretary of War (1808), issuing detailed orders
to Colonel Burbeck on transport of artillery, muskets and munitions to
Autograph Letters signed: "Henry Dearborn". 1 page, 7¾x9¾.
War Department, Washington, D.C., 1808 June 1. To Colonel Henry Burbeck,
in full: "You will please to order from Springfield, Massachusetts, a
prudent, correct Sergeant and ten men to proceed without delay to Burlington,
Vermont, on Lake Champlain, with two field pieces, six pounders, an ammunition
cart with twenty five rounds of ammunition for each piece, and apparatus
complete. With the party will go a wagon, or wagons with twenty five muskets,
200 cartridge boxes, 1000 flints, 200 lbs of musket powder, 400 lbs of lead or
musket ball, three horsemen's and fifteen common tents, all of which the
Sergeant will take charge of, and deliver into the care of Mr. Penniman, the
Collector on Lake Champlain, and will on his arrival at Burlington notify Mr.
Penniman of the count, from whom the Sergeant will receive directions in all
cases relating to the duties he may have to perform, until further orders from
yourself or some other superior officer. Directions will be given to Mr. Byers,
at Springfield, to furnish the wagons and horses as necessary for the purpose
intended. I am, Sir, yours respectfully". HENRY DEARBORN (1751-1829)
served in the Revolutionary War and was a colonel on General George
Washington's staff at Yorktown (1781). A member of Congress from
1793-1797, Dearborn was Jefferson's Secretary of War (1801-1809). He
was appointed by President Madison to replace Benjamin Lincoln as the second
Collector of the Port of Boston. He left that position to fight as a major
general in the War of 1812. From the papers of General HENRY BURBECK
(1754-1848), a veteran of key battles of the Revolutionary War. He was chief
of the Artillery Corps when he received these orders. Promoted to Brigadier
General, he commanded the Connecticut State Militia during the War of 1812.
Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Lightly toned and creased. Ink at
signature slightly smeared. Otherwise, fine condition.
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MAJOR GENERAL HENRY DEARBORN
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