Lot #247
Thomas Nelson

Preceding the Siege of Yorktown, instructions for the “detachment of the French Army under General De Choisy”
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Preceding the Siege of Yorktown, instructions for the “detachment of the French Army under General De Choisy”

Signer of the Declaration of Independence and member of the Virginia delegation to the Continental Congress (1738–1789). Revolutionary War–dated LS signed “Thos. Nelson Jr.,” one page, 7.5 x 9.25, October 14, 1781. Letter to General George Weedon. In part: “Col. James Temple the gentleman who will deliver this to you, is appointed to superintend on the part of the state the supplying [of] the detachment of the French Army under General De Choisy. He is also to collect the vouchers for the supplies already furnished. He may probably meet with difficulties in the execution of this office, which your assistance will enable him to surmount. As there is no Agent for the French Army in Gloucester, he will be under the necessity of taking receipt from the Commissaries & Quarter Master.” In fine condition.

Written just days before the British surrender at Yorktown, this letter boasts desirable military content concerning France’s support of America during the Revolution. De Choisy was in command of Lauzun's Legion and General Weedon's Virginia militia and stationed in Gloucester, Virginia, during the Siege of Yorktown. His men had skirmished with Tarleton's Legion ten days earlier, although neither side suffered major casualties. Nelson was serving as governor of Virginia when he wrote this letter, a position in which he served for less than six months. His autograph is among the rarest of all Declaration signers, and examples of such high quality are hardly ever encountered. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Dates: January 22 - February 10

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