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Henry Dearborn wrote and signed these orders as President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of War in 1807 regarding the construction of cannons and travelling carriages for them. This letter is from the papers of Henry Burbeck, a veteran of key Revolutionary War battles.
Autograph letter signed "H Dearbom". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9¾, 1 sheet folded, docketed on verso. War Department, Aug. 10, 1807. Addressed to Colonel Henry Burbeck. In full: "Sir, I have to request that you will have the Field pieces proved at Mr Fonall's Foundry; and will give particular direction relative to the twenty travelling carriages for 12 & 6 pounders to be con-structed at Baltimore. I will thank you also to have two 24 pounders mounted on travelling carriages with the necessary apparatus, for barrels of powder, (but not of the 10 [illegible] late received from DuPont) and some can-non ball &c. sent to Alexandria to the care of Col. John McKinney. You will direct the can-non and carriages to be kept under cover. It will not be necessary for you to go to Hope furnace. I am very respectfully, Sir, your Ob. Servt." This letter is from the papers of 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. HENRY DEARBORN (1751-1829) served in the Revolutionary War and was a colonel on General George Washington's staff at Yorktown (1781). A U. S. Representative from Massachusetts (4th District 1793-1795, 1st District 1795 to 1797), Dearborn was President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of War (1801-1809). President James Madison appointed him in 1809 to replace Benjamin Lincoln as the second Collector of the Port of Boston, but left that position to fight as a major general in the War of 1812. Lightly toned, stained, soiled and creased. Random ink stains. Folded twice vertically and five times horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.

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Born: February 23, 1751 in North Hampton, New Hampshire
Died: June 6, 1829 in Roxbury, Massachusetts

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