GENERAL TIMOTHY PICKERING - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/30/1789 CO-SIGNED BY: PETER ANSPACH - HFSID 283750
TIMOTHY PICKERING, CO-SIGNED BY PETER ANSPACH Signed Autograph Letter (1789) to a merchant in his home town of Salem, Massachusetts, instructing him to pay Peter Anspach $1,000, endorsed by Anspach on verso for payment to Jonas Addams. Autograph Letter signed: "Timothy Pickering", 1 page, 6¼ x 5½.
Sale Price $850.00
TIMOTHY PICKERING, CO-SIGNED BY PETER ANSPACH
Signed Autograph Letter (1789) to a merchant in his home town of Salem, Massachusetts, instructing him to pay Peter Anspach $1,000, endorsed by Anspach on verso for payment to Jonas Addams.
Autograph Letter signed: "Timothy Pickering", 1 page, 6¼ x 5½. Wilkesborough [Wilkes-Barre?], County of Luzerne [Pennsylvania], 1789 January 30. To Mr. George Williams, Merchant in Salem, Massachusetts. In full: "Be pleased to pay the first Thousand dollars you shall receive of the Treasurer of Massachusetts, to my friend Mr. Peter Anspach in New York, or to his order, for account of your friend and brother". Autograph Endorsement signed on verso: to "Mr. G. Williams, Merch. Salem/Sir - Please to pay within to Mr. Jonas Addams or order, as soon as you may receive the same from the Treasurer of your State, and oblige your most obedient servant, Peter Anspach". TIMOTHY PICKERING (1745-1829) raised and led a Massachusetts regiment during the Revolutionary War, and was made Adjutant General of the Continental Army in 1777. He served under Presidents Washington (Postmaster General, 1791-1795; Secretary of War, 1795-1796; Secretary of State, 1795-1797) and Adams (Secretary of State, 1797-1800). During the Adams administration, Pickering was instrumental in shoring up America's defenses and denouncing French influence in American politics, but his strong opposition to Adams' successful efforts to avoid war with France led to his dismissal from the Cabinet on May 12, 1800. A Federalist, Pickering represented Massachusetts in the US Senate (1803-1811) and House (1813-1817). Pickering had moved to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1786, engaged (with only limited success) in Pennsylvania frontier land speculation. PETER ANSPACH, was one of the original signers who met on Wall Street in 1792 to sign the Buttonwood Agreement, agreeing to trade securities on a common commission basis. He also served as Paymaster General and Commissioner to the Quartermaster General in the US Army. The New York Stock Exchange traces its beginnings to this historic pact. Worn and soiled on front and verso. Three folding creases. Small chip on upper edge, 1½ inches from right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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