• George Washington’s First Treasurer, Revolutionary War Gen. Samuel Meredith, Pens Friendly Letter To His Son

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    SAMUEL MEREDITH (1741 – 1817) was an American merchant from Philadelphia and a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress.  President George Washington appointed him Treasurer of the United States, a position he held from 1789 until he retired on December 1, 1801.  During his tenure, Meredith supported the economic proposals of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Meredith also served as a soldier during the Revolutionary War in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown and won a promotion to brigadier general in 1777.  After the war, Meredith loaned money to the government, but was never repaid, and also participated in several societies launched in the 1780s by leading Philadelphians to advance the nations commerce and industry. He served three terms in the Pennsylvania Assembly (1778 – 1783) and in 1786 was elected to the Confederation Congress. Meredith’s brother-in-law was George Clymer, a prominent Philadelphia politician who signed the Declaration of Independence. After the war, Meredith became an important Federalist leader in the state.    

     

    Offering a one-page, 7 3/4 x 12, ALS, by MEREDITH, written from Winton to his son, Samuel Jr., November 11th, 1797, in Fayette County, KY, with news of his mother and sister, recounting his pleasure at a visit from his son and granddaughter the year before and hoping for another visit soon.

     

    “This letter will be handed you by yr. old friend & acquaintance Capt. Jos.p Burrus, who comes on business...and tells me he shall make a point of visiting you.  By him yr. Mother & Sister Armistead both writes all the domestick news respecting yr. connections here, which leaves me but little to say. Your Mother & myself were pleasing ourselves, last year, that we should have had the satisfaction of seeing you & yr. dear daughter Jane in Amherst but have been disappointed, I expect from circumstances which at that time might render it inconvenient for you to leave home. Should it here after in yr. power to come & see us & bring yr Dear child with you, it would add greatly both to the comfort of yr Mother & me. Remember me in the kindest manner to Dear Betty and the Dear Children.  Adieu my Dear Son says yr. Affectionate Father Sam’l Meredith.  P.S. Prefer you to Capt. Burrus for all the Publick news which this place affords. S.M.”

     

    Integral address leaf.

     

    Expected light toning. Seal tear affects a couple of words.

     

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