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#215 - Henry Laurens

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Extraordinary 1791 document signed by South Carolina’s most important patriots

South Carolina statesman (1724–1792) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress, third President of the Second Continental Congress, Vice-President of South Carolina, and Minister to Holland. Captured by the British Navy on a return trip from the Netherlands to the United States during the Revolutionary War, Laurens was imprisoned in the Tower of London until he was released in exchange for General Lord Cornwallis. Rare vellum manuscript DS, one page, 11.75 x 17.25, June 23, 1791. Document requesting a pension for Captain Jacob Milligan of South Carolina, citing his service during the Revolutionary War, specifying that he “was at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, and in the subsequent periods of the War was engaged in several hazardous and desperate actions against the enemy.” Signed at the conclusion by Laurens and numerous other important American Revolutionary figures, including William Moultrie, Charles C. Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Rawlins Lowndes, and others. Intersecting folds, scattered creases, and significant staining and soiling affecting the legibility of the manuscript text as well as some signatures (the Laurens signature unaffected), otherwise very good condition.

The Battle of Sullivan's Island, also known as the Battle of Fort Sullivan, was fought early in the Revolutionary War on June 28, 1776. Colonel William Moultrie, a signer of this document, commanded the Continental troops at the fort and heroically led them to victory in defending their position. Another signer of this document, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, participated in the battle as well. This is a remarkable document signed by numerous luminaries of the American Revolution, unlike any other we have seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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