NATHANIEL PEABODY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/10/1804 - HFSID 251260
Sale Price $1,190.00
Continental Congress member Nathaniel Peabody signed this autograph document in Atkinson, New Hampshire in 1804 to have the recipient settle his debts with someone in Vermont. Peabody was the first soldier in New Hampshire to resign from the British Army and join the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, but spent 20 years of his life in debtor's prison.
Autograph document "N Peabody". Black ink corrections in unknown hand. Lead pencil notations at top edge. 1 page, 8¼x11½. Atkinson, New Hampshire, May 10, 1804. Addressed to William Simpson, Esq. Manuscript section:"Sir,- You will here with receive a certificate made by Benj.n Porter Esq attorney at Newbury in Vermont acknow-ledging the receipt of sundry original notes offered,& [illegible] evidences of demands that I have against Daniel Heath of Bradford Vermont which original notes and evidences are now in the hand of Mr Porter as set forth in his certificate collect pay [illegible] for my use- hard as it is suggested by reports &by Heaths [sic] letters, that he is much embarrassed m by being indebt far beyond his ability , to discharge in ready money-[illegible] that he wishes to compromise his debts with his creditors- [illegible] also as I have no wish to distress a debter [sic], when it is of no use to the creditor. Creditors - I must sir beg of you to take charge of said certificate and for me and in my behalf endeavour to procure payment from Heath for my use or if payment cannot now be obtained, please to make compro-mise &[illegible] with him as you wou'd if the demands were your own -".Autograph section: "You will no doubt regard my interest by please to use your own Judgement [sic] in the compromise and settlement,and if necessary for transacting the business Iwith [sic] to [illegible] and take original papers from W. [illegible] and make such use of them as you think proper for all which this shall be your sufficient warrant, and I[illegible] you to ajust [sic] [illegible] him sir Your friend &very hum servant". Massachusetts-born physician Peabody (1741-1823) was a member of the Continental Congress during the American Revolutionary War (1779-1780) and served in the New Hampshire Militia during the Revolutionary War. The first soldier in New Hampshire to resign from the British Army to join the Continental Army, he was chairman of the New Hampshire Committee of Safety and held the rank of Adjutant General in the state militia until 1779, when he commanded a brigade in Rhode Island. He was also a member of the New Hampshire state house of representatives (1776-1779, 1781-1785, 1787-1790, 1793-1796) and a representative from Rockingham County to the state senate (1785-1786, 1790-1793), as well as a delegate to the New Hampshire state constitutional convention (1782-1783). After the war, Peabody held the rank of major general in the militia (1793-1798). However, his friends mismanaged his funds while he worked for the government and military, and Peabody became bankrupt and had his affairs confined to the area around the debtors prison in Exeter, New Hampshire for 20 years around the turn of the century. Lightly toned and creased. Body of document, but not signature, is lightly smeared but legible. Pencil notations touch date but not signature. Missing top left corner. Irregular left, right and bottom edges. Light tear at right edge. Folded in half horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise in fine condition.
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