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Great Revolutionary War letter to Aaron Burr regarding a British prisoner who would soon be his brother-in-law
"Autograph letter signed ?Jno. Beatty?, 2p, 7.5? x 12? Middle Brook [New Jersey], May 23, 1779, Commissary of Prisoners Office. Overall toning, some minor paper loss, professionally repaired. In response to a letter written by Aaron Burr, Beatty writes: ""Dear Sir, I am this moment favored with yours of yesterday. The duplicate of which you allude to in your postscript has not yet reached me. Thank you for the good opinion you are pleased to entertain of my disposition to heal prisoners under my care, with every indulgent civility in my power and not incompatible with the line of my office. / I have been made acquainted with Mr. Devisme [De Visme] Character, as also every circumstance attending his capture, and I am happy in having it in my power to indulge him at your request in remaining for the present with his friends at Paramus. / I wish for no other security than his prudence and your Honour but as it is official, am obliged to prescribe to him the inclosed parole, which you will be pleased to have signed and transmitted to me by the first conveyance. / It does not lie with me to give him permission to go to N. York for any space of time and indeed I would advise him not to urge a matter of what kind at this time as it would appear unreasonable and I am confident it would be denied [to] him. / You will be kind enough to present my respects to Mrs. Prevost which I have the honor of some small acquaintance with. I am . . . with much esteem / Your mo: Obt / Hum Servt [your most obedient servant] / John Beatty.? In postscript ?Col. Aaron Burr?Peter De Visme was a British officer, captured at sea. His sister, Mrs. Theodosia [De Visme] Prevost was then married to Major General Augustine Prevost of the British Army, wrote to her personal friend, George Washington, who replied on May 19, 1779, ?Madam: It is much to be regreted, that the pleasure of obeying the first motions in favor of misfortune, is not always in our power. I should be happy, could I consider myself at liberty to comply with your request, in the case of your brother, Mr. Peter De Visme, But, as I have heretofore taken no direction in the disposal of marine prisoners, I cannot with propriety, interfere on the present occasion; however great the satisfaction I should feel in obliging, where you are interested. Your good sense will perceive this, and find a sufficient excuse in the delicacy of my situation.? After her husband?s death during the Revolutionary War in the West Indies, Theodosia De Visme Provost married Aaron Burr in 1782.John Beatty (1749-1826) , a Delegate and a Representative from New Jersey; was graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1769; studied medicine in Philadelphia; entered the Revolutionary Army in 1775 attained the rank of major when he was made prisoner at the surrender of Fort Washington; after his exchange was appointed commissary general of prisoners with the rank of colonel May 28, 1778; resigned March 31, 1780, resumed the practice of medicine in Princeton, N.J.; member of the State council 1781-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1784-1785; appointed by President Lee as one of the special committee to receive and take leave of General Lafayette in the name of the Continental Congress while it was in session at Trenton on December 11, 1784; member of the State convention that adopted the Federal Constitution in 1787; member of the State general assembly in 1789 and 1790, serving as speaker; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); brigadier general of the Somerset Militia 1793-1796; secretary of state of New Jersey 1795-1805. "
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