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#23 - William Henry Harrison

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A 1795 peace offering of “two quarts of whiskey” for a “Potawatimie chief”
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Outstanding very early ADS, signed “Wm. H. Harrison,” one page, 6.75 x 2.5, Greenville, July 25, 1795. Handwritten requisition document in which Harrison orders liquor for a Native American chief. In full: “The commissary will issue for a Potawatimie chief two quarts of whiskey.” Matted to an overall size of 10.75 x 6.5. In fine condition, with mild staining.

At this time, Harrison was just 22 years old and serving as aide-de-camp to General ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne in the Ohio Indian Wars. Just nine days after writing this document, he was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Greenville, which ended the Northwest Indian War. In the treaty a coalition of Native American tribes, including the Potawatomi, Chippewa, Miami, Ottawa, and Shawnee, ceded a large area of midwestern land to the United States in exchange for goods valued at $20,000. Harrison would come to national fame nearly two decades later when he again fought the Native Americans, most prominently in a victorious effort over Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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