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#337 - William Jackson

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'Solicitor on behalf of the Surviving Officers of the Revolutionary Army of the United States'
Description                           Estimate: $400+          

Notable figure in the American Revolution (1759-1828) who served as the secretary to the United States Constitutional Convention. He also served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and then later as one of President George Washington's personal secretaries. Scarce ADS, signed “W. Jackson,” four pages on two sheets, 10.25 x 16, no date. A lengthy and impassioned solicitation to the United States House and Senate for pensions on behalf of the surviving officers of the Continental Army, in part: "Your Memorialist is instructed by his suffering Constituents to renew your honorable houses the application for an equitable settlement of the Half Pay for life, as stipulated by the Resolves of Congress, during the war of Independence, and as sanctioned and acknowledged by Reports of several committees of the House of Representatives, under the present Government of the United States…General Washington, when addressing the governors of the several states, on the subject of the Half Pay and Commutation, states in his letter…'I may be allowed to say, it was the price of their blood and of your Independence—it is therefore more than a common debt—it is a debt of honor; it can never be considered as a pension or gratuity, nor cancelled until it is fairly discharged." Signed at the conclusion by Jackson, who adds: "Solicitor on behalf of the Surviving Officers of the Revolutionary Army of the United States." In fine condition, with two old tape stains to the second sheet.

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