• [British Surrender] Washington Appointee Benjamin Lincoln: DS as Port Collector in MA

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    Born in Hingham, Massachusetts, BENJAMIN LINCOLN (1733-1810) was a soldier, politician and first Secretary of War. He was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature (1772-73) and secretary of the Provincial Congress (1775). In 1777, as a major general of continental forces, he contributed to the American victory at Saratoga, as George Washington’s second in command and formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown. Leading Washington’s southern forces, he withdrew his army into Charleston, South Carolina, where he surrendered in May 1779. He was lieutenant governor of Massachusetts (1788) and collector of the port of Boston (1789-1809), appointed by Washington.

    One page, 5 x 9 ½ DS B Lincoln, June 1 1804, regarding importation of wine as Port Collector, countersigned by Joseph Wilson as Inspector, imported by Marblehead, MA, ship owner Henry Garrison.

    Minor bleed through on verso, but overall very clean and fine example of early American history by this Washington appointee.

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