[Revolutionary War] Walter Butler Group of Three Items. Two rare pre-Revolutionary War signatures of the Loyalist captain who served in Butler's Rangers, with one signature of his grandfather. (1) Document Signed "W. Butler/ Atty. for Def". One page, 7.75" x near 6", August 8, 1774, Tryon County [New York]. Butler is defending Thomas Scott who is "Delivered to bail on taking his body to John Doe & Richard Roe". Toned with smoothed folds; fine. (2) Autograph Note Signed "Walter Butler". One-half page, 7.25" x 9", December 19, 1774, n.p. In part: "There is a suit now Descending in Albany between the corporation and one Wimple in covenant-which I am applied to so state for the opinion of Council in New York". Fine. (3) Promissory Note Signed "Walter Butler", the father of John Butler and grandfather of Walter Butler. One page, 5.75" x 3", September 28, 1731, Fort Hunter.

    Walter Butler (1752-1781), a young lawyer in Albany, New York, when he signed these two document, remained a loyalist with his father, John, during the American Revolution. In May 1775, they left New York to fight the American rebels in Canada. While there, John raised the loyalist regiment called Butler's Rangers, which included former slaves. Walter joined and was promoted to captain. Both father and son were accused of committing atrocious acts during the war. Walter was killed later in the war, a few days after the Battle of Johnstown in October 1781.

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