GENERAL JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 1813 - HFSID 251252
Sale Price $573.75
Jedediah Huntington signs an autograph document.
Autograph Document signed: "Jed Huntington Collector", 1p, 7¾x4¼. District & Port of New London, 1813. Prewritten form, not filled out. In full: "I certify that the privateer [blank], carrying [blank] guns & [blank] men, arrived here from a cruise, appears on examination to be armed & manned according to her commission." Huntington (1743-1818), a Harvard graduate with a Masters from Yale, joined the Continental Army outside Boston one week after the Battle of Lexington (1775). He commanded a Connecticut brigade throughout the Revolutionary War, being promoted to Brigadier at George Washington's personal request. After the war, he engaged in private business and served in local offices, attended the state convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution, and was appointed Collector of Customs for New London, Connecticut - then the gateway for Connecticut River commerce - by President Washington (1789), holding that post through four administrations until shortly before his death. As this document attests, his duties included inspecting privateers, privately owned ships raiding enemy commerce for profit, during the War of 1812. Stained at upper left corner. Lightly stained along top edge. Slightly creased. Mounting paper affixed on verso shows through slightly, not at signature. Overall, fine condition.
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