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Signed Autograph Letter as Secretary of War (1808), issuing detailed orders to Colonel Burbeck on transport of artillery, muskets and munitions to Burlington, Vermont.
Autograph Letters signed: "Henry Dearborn". 1 page, 7¾x9¾. War Department, Washington, D.C., 1808 June 1. To Colonel Henry Burbeck, in full: "You will please to order from Springfield, Massachusetts, a prudent, correct Sergeant and ten men to proceed without delay to Burlington, Vermont, on Lake Champlain, with two field pieces, six pounders, an ammunition cart with twenty five rounds of ammunition for each piece, and apparatus complete. With the party will go a wagon, or wagons with twenty five muskets, 200 cartridge boxes, 1000 flints, 200 lbs of musket powder, 400 lbs of lead or musket ball, three horsemen's and fifteen common tents, all of which the Sergeant will take charge of, and deliver into the care of Mr. Penniman, the Collector on Lake Champlain, and will on his arrival at Burlington notify Mr. Penniman of the count, from whom the Sergeant will receive directions in all cases relating to the duties he may have to perform, until further orders from yourself or some other superior officer. Directions will be given to Mr. Byers, at Springfield, to furnish the wagons and horses as necessary for the purpose intended. I am, Sir, yours respectfully". HENRY DEARBORN (1751-1829) served in the Revolutionary War and was a colonel on General George Washington's staff at Yorktown (1781). A member of Congress from 1793-1797, Dearborn was Jefferson's Secretary of War (1801-1809). He was appointed by President Madison to replace Benjamin Lincoln as the second Collector of the Port of Boston. He left that position to fight as a major general in the War of 1812. From the papers of General HENRY BURBECK (1754-1848), a veteran of key battles of the Revolutionary War. He was chief of the Artillery Corps when he received these orders. Promoted to Brigadier General, he commanded the Connecticut State Militia during the War of 1812. Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Lightly toned and creased. Ink at signature slightly smeared. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 23, 1751 in North Hampton, New Hampshire
Died: June 6, 1829 in Roxbury, Massachusetts

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