Maj. Gen. Noah Phelps (January 22, 1740 – November 4, 1809) was a Yale graduate, a justice of the peace, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and chair of the Simsbury (CT) community town meeting that passed the Articles of Confederation. Phelps was a patriot in 1776 and raised a militia company, mostly at his own expense, and was appointed captain. He served under Col. Ward, was at Fort Lee, joined George Washington’s army and was at the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Phelps acted as a spy at Fort Ticonderoga, which had been occupied by the British. He had been sent out to reconnoiter and stopped at a local house where British soldiers were staying. He overhead them discuss the conditions of the fort and their position. The next morning, Phelps visited the fort disguised as a peddler. He pretended that his objective was to get shaved and had an opportunity to learn about construction of the garrison. Phelps returned safely to his command, reported his findings to Gen. Ethan Allen, which resulted in a great victory. [Research included]
Offering a 1 ¾ x 8 partial document with Phelps’ signature. “Hartford County, Simsbury, August 9th, 1775, Personally appeared Capt. Noah Phelps the Signer and Sealer of the foregoing Instrument, and acknowledged the same to be his free...Deed, before me John Owens, Justice of Peace”
Center fold, not affecting either signature, foxing.
Everything we sell is guaranteed authentic forever to the original buyer. We also offer a 30-day return policy. If you discover a problem or are dissatisfied with an item, please contact us immediately. Our goal is to please every customer. We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club, The Ephemera Society, the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers and the Preferred Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses. [WH RW 110]