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#322 - Benedict Arnold

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The Revolution’s notorious traitor files suit

Manuscript DS, signed “B. Arnold,” one page, 7.75 x 9, January 18, 1790. A legal document concerning a loan, in which Arnold "maketh oath that Joseph Ward…is justly and truly indebted to him…in the sum of two hundred pounds…and that…Joseph Ward is either departed from…the limits of this province or is concealed within…with interest and design to defraud this deponent…of…just dues or else to avoid being arrested by the ordinary process of the law.” Signed at the conclusion by Arnold and countersigned by Joshua Upham, a judge in the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, Canada. Expertly double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 21 x 15.5. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, light creases and toning, and expected document wear. After moving to Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1785, Arnold established a business doing trade with the West Indies. He soon became thoroughly disliked by both Loyalists and Americans in the area due to a series of bad business deals and legal battles—this document certainly pertaining to one of them. A highly desirable document relating to Arnold's sordid North American legacy. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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