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Handwritten letter touting a land purchase near Niagara. His agent (who will deliver the letter) thinks "there never was a better offer and perhaps never will be again."
Autograph Letter signed: "Elisha Boudinot", 1 page, 7½x12. New Ark [Newark, New Jersey], 1796 May 7. Addressed on integral leaf to Timothy Greenleaf, New York, hand delivered by a Mr. Barton. In full: "Mr. Barton has an offer of a large tract of land around Niagara of the shape & description he has. He says he [is] well acquainted with the whole of it, and can give you an account of every advantage therein. He thinks there never was a better offer, and perhaps never will be again. I have requested him to return to town and lay the matter before you and Mr. Hall, and if you would lay your heads together and make a contract for part so as to have a part for ourselves clear - it would be a good thing. However I know your experience and have perfect reliance thereon, and should not wish to do anything without that. Cannot you & Mr. Hall come over this evening? I set off on Monday morning for Trenton. Yours sincerely". Elisha Boudinot (1749-1819) descended from a French Huguenot family who fled religious persecution first to England, and then to America in the 1680s. A strong revolutionary patriot, Boudinot served on Newark's Committee of Safety and hosted George Washington and Alexander Hamilton at his home. He was a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1798 to 1804. He also served as president of Newark's first bank, and as a trustee of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton). His brother, Elias Boudinot, was President of the Continental Congress and the second US President under the Articles of Confederation. Multiple mailing folds. Toned and creased. Corners worn. Left edge frayed. Ink lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 2, 1749 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: October 17, 1819 in Newark, New Jersey

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