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    Lt. Col. Aaron Burr arranges a military escort for a family traveling through enemy lines

    Aaron Burr Rare Revolutionary War-date Autograph Letter Signed One page, 8.75" x 13", Princeton, New Jersey, March 18, 1777, written to "Colonel J. Nielson" - John Nielson, commander of the New Jersey Militia Regiment. At the time this letter was written, the twenty-one year old Aaron Burr was serving as a lieutenant colonel in Malcolm's Regiment, subordinate to General Israel Putnam. Burr writes: "In answer to yours of yesterday, the General requires me to acquaint you that a Sergt. and one Man will be a sufficient Convoy for Steeles Family and Effects, exclusive a Driver for the Waggon. It will be proper that the Sergt should have orders from you any thing similar to the enclosed, to signify to the officer who meets him his Character and Business & he will also be careful that no improper conversation passes between any of his attendants and the enemy he may make his own observations of their Situation as should be a Person not easily dashed and who can generally give pert. answers to artful Questions. The General is exceedingly pleased with the Behavior of your Light Horse yesterday and is determined their Merit shall in no Instance be passed unnoticed." It is unclear whether Steele and his family were civilians, although it is likely that he may have been a captured British soldier, judging by the content. However, Aaron Burr makes proper arrangements for their safe passage with a military escort, as instructed by Gen. Putnam. Later this year, Aaron Burr's regiment would repair to Valley Forge along with George Washington and the tattered Continental Army for the miserable winter of 1777-78. The text is somewhat faint, but still quite legible. Light stains; otherwise, in fine condition. Revolutionary War-date letters from Aaron Burr, who would later become the third Vice President of the U.S. after narrowly losing the election of 1800 to Thomas Jefferson, are very scarce.

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