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The Revolutionary patriot writes in haste, as he departs for the (New Jersey) Supreme Court
Autograph Letter signed: "Elisha Boudinot", 1 page, 8x11. New Ark [Newark, New Jersey], 1801 May 1. To "Dear Sir", in full: "This afternoon I received your letter but as I am just on the point of setting out for the Supreme Court, I cannot answer you fully, but must to Mr. George Scriba who will give you every information you wish for. I am in great haste your obedient servant". 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. George Scriba was a prominent New York City merchant. Edges frayed and torn. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Creased and worn. Seal on verso (light show through). 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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