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As Secretary of War (1810), he sends a signed autograph letter to artillery chief Henry Burbeck, to send ordnance to Charleston and New Orleans.
Autograph Letter signed: "W. Eustis" as Secretary of War, with an initialed postscript: "W.E.". 1 page, 7¾x9¾. War Department (Washington), 1810 November 3. To Col. Henry Burbeck, in full: "Bear in mind that thirty or forty pieces of ordinance are required for the harbor of Charlestown and nearly the same number with carriages and equipment for New Orleans. After New York shall have been furnished, inquire and be satisfied whether they can be furnished from Philadelphia or from this place. Respectfully". [signature] "P.S. It is necessary they should be shipped before the rivers are closed by the winter." WILLIAM EUSTIS (1753-1825), a surgeon during the Revolutionary war, represented Massachusetts in Congress (1801-1805) and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives to conduct impeachment proceedings against John Pickering. Eustis served as Madison's Secretary of War from 1809-1812, U.S. Minister to the Netherlands (1814-1818), U.S. Congressman (1820-1823) and Governor of Massachusetts from 1823 until his death in 1825. As this 1810 letter shows, Eustis was fully aware of the danger of war with Britain and was attempting to prepare US forces for it. During the war, however, he was criticized for its conduct and obliged to resign in January 1813. 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. 1" tears at the left and right edges at fold 4" from top - material missing. Lower right corner chipped off. Tears and creases at left edge 1½" and 7" from top edge (at fold creases). Toned and soiled. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso.

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Born: June 10, 1753 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: February 6, 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts

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