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Item 200 - John Hancock Catalog 441 (Nov 2014)

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Outstanding Revolutionary War–dated ALS as president of the Continental Congress, one page, 7 x 12, Philadelphia, July 11, 1775. Letter to Major General David Wooster, recommending George Baylor for a military command. In full: “The Bearer Mr. Baylor a Gentleman from Virginia, going to the General at our Camp, I take the Liberty to Recommend him to your Notice and Civilities, he is a Gentleman of Reputation, and warmly attach’d to our Cause, any Civilities or Assistance afforded him I shall Esteem.” Matted to an overall size of 13.5 x 19. In fine condition, with trivial ink erosion to a few letters.

This is not only an exceptionally well-preserved and boldly penned letter, but also historically important within the context of the American Revolution. George Baylor joined the Continental Army at the outset of the war and, acting upon the recommendations of Hancock and influential Virginian Edmund Pendleton, was soon appointed as aide-de-camp to George Washington. Baylor served with distinction in the famous Battle of Trenton that followed the crossing of the Delaware, and Washington granted him the privilege of delivering news of the American victory and the captured Hessian flag to the Continental Congress in Baltimore. For his efforts, Baylor was promoted to colonel and given command of the newly formed 3rd Continental Light Dragoons, which often acted as the escort for Martha Washington. An absolutely stunning letter associating several of the most important figures in America’s drive toward independence. RR Auction COA.

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