• George Washington Breveted Daniel Brodhead Sends Order From Board Of Property For Surveying

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    2pp (front and back, measuring 8" x 13", Surgeon General's Office [Pennsylvania], dated December 16, 1797. Signed "Daniel Brodhead S.G." and addressed to Deputy Surgeon Samuel Lyon Esq. Brodhead forwards Lyon an order from the Board of Property to re-survey a property belonging to John McCullough.

    The front side has the letter from Brodhead to Lyon, while the back side is the record of the special order from the Board, dated the day prior. With a 1794 and a royal watermark.

    In part:

    "You are hereby directed to execute the within order of the Board of Property and return a correct survey accordingly into my Office and for your so doing this shall be your sufficient Warrant. (on verso) Samuel Postlethwaite on behalf of John McCullough having petitioned the Board for an Order of Resurvey to correct several errors on a survey of a tract of land in Cumberland County…"

    DANIEL BRODHEAD (1736-1809) was an American military and political leader during the American Revolutionary War and early days of the United States. He was commissioned as an officer of the 8th PA Regiment of colonial troops in 1776 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was recognized for his bravery and initiative at the Battle of Long Island by General Washington and took over command of the 8th PA following the death of Aeneas Mackay. In 1781, Washington brevetted him a brigadier general, and he commanded the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment until the end of the war.

    Brodhead was removed from his command over allegations of mishandling supplies and money. Brodhead had made impressment (the forced sale of supplies) a policy. He had spent money intended for bonuses to recruit new militiamen to purchase supplies for his existing troops. Brodhead was acquitted of all charges except misspending the recruiting money.  George Washington had been aware of the impressment and had given his tacit approval, as the Continental Army was struggling to keep going. Furthermore, the court martial ruled Brodhead was justified in spending the recruiting money on supplies, and he was not punished.

    Following the American Revolution, in 1789, Brodhead was appointed Surveyor General of Pennsylvania, a post he held until his death.

    The sheet has flattened folds, separations, small holes, and chipping which have been repaired with archival material. Light toning and foxing throughout. Boldly signed. 

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