[Nathanael Greene] Abraham Lott Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.25" x 9.5", Beverwyck [New Jersey], June 13, 1779. Reading in part:

    "I am greatly chagrined at the Enemy's being in possession of King's Ferry, on both sides of the River, and at the prospect they have of remaining there; I cannot but be pleased to hear that the Forts in the Highlands are in such a situation as to baffle the designs against them. Indeed if I may presume to give my opinion, it appears to me sir Harry [Henry Clinton] will not think it precedent to lay siege to it, while our Army is within supporting distance, but will rather content himself with remaining where he is, in order to receive supplies of cattle & from the disaffected inhabitants of this State, and Connecticut."

    Abraham Lott was a wealthy New York City merchant who lived at Beverwyck. Unbeknownst to Lott and most everyone else, on May 10, 1779, Major General Benedict Arnold, ostensibly upset at the way he had been treated by the U.S. Congress and the army, had opened negotiations with Henry Clinton, the British commander in New York. The integral leaf, inlaid to 9.75" x 13.25", is addressed by Lott to "The Honble / Major General N. Greene / Smith's Clove." To the left, Lott has written, "Favored by / Mrs. Greene." Docketed by Greene. Toned with separation just beginning along one fold.

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