November 13, 2020 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
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Revolutionary War-Era Autographs, Incl. Thomas Mifflin and Frederick Frelinghuysen

Lot of 2.

Mifflin, Thomas (1744-1800). Signature on part of a larger document, which has been torn off to about 5.75 in. The remaining top portion still retains the official seal. Matted and framed with an engraving of Mifflin, a Pennsylvania  fifteen shilling note (issue of 1 October 1773) and a short biography.The whole in a carved wood frame (maple?),  29.5 x 35.5 in.

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Mifflin was appointed Major of a Continental Army regiment and in 1775 became one of George Washington's aides-de-camp. a few months later he was appointed Quartermaster General of the Continental forces. By December he was a Colonel, and in May 1776, Brigadier General. He achieved the rank of Major General in February 1777. Mifflin fought at many of the major battles, including Princeton and Trenton (NJ). After the war he was appointed to the Continental Congress and served as its President from Dec. 1783 to June 1784. He served on the Federal Convention in 1787 and the Pennsylvania executive council the following year. He was on the state constitutional committee, serving as its chairman 1789-1790. This put him in position to be chosen as the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving three terms from 1700 to 1799.

Frelinghuysen, Frederick (1753-1804). Clipped signature on 1.5 x 7 in. piece of paper (sight). Matted with print of a Revolutionary War battle and a short biography. Born in Somerville, New Jersey, Frelinghuysen graduated from the College of New Jersey with a law degree in 1770. He was a major in the local militia, and thus in a position of leadership from the beginning of the revolution. He became a captain of artillery and ADC to General Dickinson. In 1778 he was elected to the Continental Congress, serving 1778-1779 and 1782-1783. He was a member of the New Jersey convention that ratified the Constitution. George Washington appointed him Brigadier General in the fight against western Indians in 1790. He also commanded New Jersey forces in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 and was subsequently commissioned Major General.

Condition:

15 shilling note very dark, Mifflin document torn (rather than cut). Frame heavy (and large) - will require extra shipping.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$250
11/13/2020

 

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