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[Americana - Ephemera] Rare 1823 Broadside Obituary of Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs (1740 - 1823) -- OCLC Shows Only 3

Obituary. Died, on the 28th of January, 1823, at the Cherokee agency, aged LXXXIII, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs.

[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified],

Printed broadside, 10 x 16 in., bearing the obituary of Return J. Meigs, Sr. (1740-1823), a Revolutionary War officer, Indian agent, and settler of the Northwest Territory. N.d., ca 1823. Two columns of text provide a brief biography of Meigs, with special attention paid to his storied military career. Enclosed by stylized Greek key border, with inscription on verso reading, "For W. Joseph Kelley -  / from his Sincere Friend / Sophia Meigs." Sophia Wright Meigs (1768-1825) was the daughter-in-law of Colonel Meigs, having married his son Return J. Meigs (1764-1825), US Senator and fourth Governor of Ohio, in 1788.

A scarce early broadside; OCLC shows only the examples held at N.Y. Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Society, and Lilly Library.


Provenance:Descended Directly in the Putnam-Hildreth Families of Marietta, Ohio


Brittleness, foxing, and staining, particularly at lower left corner. Several small tears to edges and some areas of slight loss. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
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