Lot #377
Israel Putnam Document Signed

The future hero of Bunker Hill approves "fit & suitable persons to keep the Houses of Publick Entertainment"

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Estimate: $2000+

Description

The future hero of Bunker Hill approves "fit & suitable persons to keep the Houses of Publick Entertainment"

American general (1718-1790) who played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Rare manuscript DS, signed "Israel Putnam," one page, 8 x 12.75, January 1764. Document issued to the Windham County Court, authorizing several individuals as "fit & suitable persons to keep the Houses of Publick Entertainment in the said Town for the ensuing year." Signed by a number of justices of the peace, selectmen (including Israel Putnam) constables, and grand jurymen. In very good to fine condition, with toning, and splitting, to the central horizontal fold.

Following some heroics in the French and Indian War, Putnam returned to his homestead in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut, where he became involved in politics—as a selectman, a founder of the state's chapter of the Sons of Liberty, and an outspoken opponent of the Stamp Act. In 1767 he moved into Brooklyn village, where he himself operated a tavern. After serving two years in the general assembly, he became second brigadier of the Connecticut forces that fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #618 - Ended October 13, 2021





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