GENERAL TIMOTHY PICKERING - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 05/16/1786 - HFSID 295408
Sale Price $680.00
His handwritten promissory note made out to fellow Revolution veteran Laurence Keene
Promissory Note signed: "Tim. Pickering", 7¼x3¼, affixed to a slightly larger sheet. Philadelphia, 1786 May 16. To "Cashier of the Bank", in full: "Pay to Laurence Keene or Bearer One hundred and Seventy two dollars and twelve ninetieths. Dollars 172 12/90". 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 toAdams' 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. The recipient, Laurence Keene , a company commander in the Continental Army throughout the revolution, wintering with Washington at Valley Forge and present at the British surrender at Yorktown, was a Pennsylvania judge from 1784 until his death in 1789. In the USA of the Confederation period, the dollar was divided into 90 pence, not 100 pennies as in subsequent usage. This accounts for the curious sum written here, "twelve ninetieth Dollars". Toned and creased. Multiple minor ink smears. Lightly torn near center (not effecting signature). Edges frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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