• Man Seeks To Retrieve Money For War Of 1812 Soldier In Scathing Letter

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    The War of 1812 (June 18, 1812 – February 17, 1815) was fought by the United States against the United Kingdom. It began when the United States declared war on June 18, 1812.  Although the peace terms were agreed upon in December 1814 (Treaty of Ghent), the war did not officially end until the peace treaty was ratified by Congress on February 17, 1815.


    One-page, 8 x 13, ALS, M. Clark writes a scathing letter to an unknown detractor from Detroit, December 23rd, 1815, likely referring to a soldier’s pay or pension.


    In part, “...You will do well, sir, while you are making use of such menacing language to remember an account I gave you, against the U.S. in favor of Daniel Morse and a soldier in Capt. Dickinson’s comp’y and signed by him for which the money was in your hands the last time I saw you – so say no more. I shall see you the following Spring, when you may have an opportunity to put your threats in execution and offer any new insults you may deem proper.”


    The letter is signed “M Clark” with an elaborate circle flourish around his name.


    Executed in fine period brown ink.


    Folds and toning. Very good.


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