Rare ADS, one page, 6.5 x 8, November 23, 1784. Boone confirms receipt of a payment for surveying work in Fayette County, Kentucky. In part: "Rec'd…of Charles Patterson sixty six shillings, for the purpose of surveying & clearing out a entry by him made by me in Fayatt [sic] county for five thousand six hundred & twenty five acre land." Impressively double-suede-matted and framed with a portrait and engraved biographical plaque to an overall size of 31.25 x 18.25. In very good condition, with intersecting folds with tiny holes at intersections (not affecting the signature), a few small edge tears, and a couple stray marks of ink.
An especially important date within the context of Boone's biography, November of 1784 marked the release of The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson, which included a chronicle of Boone's adventures exploring Kentucky and during the American Revolution. The stories made Boone an instant celebrity nationwide-and worldwide when the book was translated into French and German shortly after the initial publication. Fayette County was also home to Boone and his family; he established a stockaded station on the waters of Fayette's Boone Creek in 1779, with the hope of settling there for the rest of his life, though he abandoned the site in 1783 for a nearby location on Marble Creek. Very rare and immensely desirable, this is an astounding piece of American history.
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