Lot 6 - The Laurie Seaman Collection - Sale as0657

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Lot 6
JEFFERSON, THOMAS Autograph Letter Signed to Brigadier General Smallwood During the War of Independence, 1780,
a manuscript letter on a quarto sheet, tipped in along left margin to a leaf in autograph album, old folds and several split, brown stains.
The letter was sent from Richmond, dated Sept 23, 1780, when Jefferson was the Governor of Virginia. Jefferson mentions several of Smallwood's officers & agrees merit should be bestowed. He expresses gratitude for Smallwood's 'conduct & that of your brave troops', he hopes that it will be in his 'power to add to Col Harrisons Corps 400 men...' & regrets 'we have no certain prospect of providing them with Clothing Blankets or Tents'. Smallwood in August 1780 had fought at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, even though a defeat for the Americans his brigade held their ground earning him a promotion to rank of Major General
The Autograph Album contains approximately seventy autographs of prominent nineteenth century (mostly American) military figures, writers, politicians and religious leaders. They Include Hamilton Fish, Lord Byron, Millard Fillmore, Charles A.Goodrich, Sam Houston, Professor Benjamin Silliman, Elizabeth Hamilton, Caroline M.Kirkland, Abraham Lincoln, The Duke of Wellington, Martin Tupper, Fitz-Greene Halleck etc. Most autographs tipped-in, some loose.
The Album belonged to Miss Mary Laurie (d.1886) of Oyster Bay, Long Island & was passed down to Laurie Seaman through his grandmother Margaret Laurie Seaman
Jefferson Letter 33 x 20 cm, Album 27 x 17.5 cm
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Sold for $18,500

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