BRIGADIER GENERAL LACHLAN MCINTOSH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/16/1787 - HFSID 309261
LACHLAN McINTOSH The Revolutionary War general writes to his son about tactics in a business venture. A very rare signature! Autograph Letter signed: ""Lachn McIntosh", 1 page, 8x11½. Skidaway Island [Georgia], 1787 March 16. To John M. McIntosh, Jr., Savannah.
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The Revolutionary War general writes to his son about tactics in a business venture. A very rare signature!
Autograph Letter signed: ""Lachn McIntosh", 1 page, 8x11½. Skidaway Island [Georgia], 1787 March 16. To John M. McIntosh, Jr., Savannah. Addressed and docketed on verso. Hand delivered by the "Negro Moses" mentioned in the letter. In full: Your letter of yesterday evening was delivered to me last night by Mr. Threadcraft's Negro Moses. It is really out of my power at this time to go to Town. I saw McGillivray last week in Savannah & stayed there some days longer than I wished in expectation of your coming. Nor did I leave home until the last moment it became necessary expecting you would come by water as you promised me. As Mr. McGillivrary did not say a word to me about Land, it would be showing too much eagerness on my part, & giving him too much advantage to go to Town on purpose & make the first offer again. I think 'twould be better for you & him to take a ride together where everything will be laid clearly before him - and which he will not hesitate to do if he is serious in the business. The [?] leaves in the morning, & he may return if he chooses again in the evening of tomorrow or the next day. Your mother & all the children except Henry are well & expect to see you at any rate before your return home. I am yours affectionately". LACHLAN McINTOSH (1725-1806), born in Scotland, was among 100 Scottish settlers moving to Georgia in 1736, becoming a wealthy rice planter. During the American Revolution, he became a brigadier general in the Continental Army, initially charged with protecting Georgia from invasion from British Florida. He killed his bitter rival, Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinett in a duel (May 16, 1787), after which George Washington - fearing reprisals against McIntosh, ordered him to join his staff. McIntosh thus wintered at Valley Forge in the famous winter of 1777-1788. He briefly commanded the Continental Army's Western Department at Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh), before returning to the South. He was captured at the fall of Charleston and imprisoned for two years. Having expended his own funds on equipping troops, and having had his plantation ravaged by the British, McIntosh was impoverished by the Revolution. He received some compensation from the Georgia legislature, but never fully restored his fortunes. He did purchase land on Skidaway Island. John McIntosh, Jr. (1757-1802) was the fourth of eight children of Lachlan McIntosh and Sarah Threadcraft, named in honor of Lachlan's own father, John McIntosh. McIntosh, Jr. was a Justice of the Peace in Liberty County, Georgia. The Threadcraft cited in the letter was no doubt an in-law, perhaps the father-in-law. Toned. Ink lightly bled but legible. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly worn at folds. Corners and edges lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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