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Revolutionary War General John Sullivan Orders Pay Shortly Before The Battle Of Rhode Island
JOHN SULLIVAN (1740-1795). An American Revolution general, Sullivan fought at the siege of Boston in 1775 and 1776, as well as Long Island, Trenton, Princeton and Brandywine. In 1778, he headed the forces that sieged Newport. After the war, he served in the Continental Congress, New Hampshire’s attorney general and President, and a Federal judge. LS. 1pg. 8” x 9 ½”. July 4, 1778. Providence, RI. A document signed “Jno. Sullivan MG” and written in another hand. “To Benjamin Steele Esq’r Pay Master Gen’l to the Army in the State of Rhode Island. Sir, Pay to Solomon Southwich Esq’r Issuing Commissary for the Rhode Island Department one thousand Dollars for the use of the Department and this shall be your sufficient warrant. Given at Head Quarters, Providence, July 4th, 1778 Jno. Sullivan MG By order of the Gen’l Lewis Morris, Sec. pro. Tem:”. The Lewis Morris who signed was not the same Lewis Morris who autographed the Declaration of Independence. Sullivan and his troops would partipate in the siege of Newport and Battle of Rhode Island later in the summer of 1778. This was the first attempt between French and American forces to coordinate an attack on the British, but it was unsuccessful. The document is in very good condition, though the ink has bled through the paper on both sides. It has a docket in the verso and a light chip in the left margin. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [Short Hills, NJ, U.S.A.]
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