DescriptionCharles Willson Peale Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral address cover (cancelled), 8.25" x 10". "Belfield near Germantown", [Pennsylvania]; August 9, 1821. A letter from Peale to Messrs. Sedgewick's, [Sedgwicks] Counselors at Law, New York, concerning Peale's wish to obtain a settlement of the will of the late William de Peyster, his former father-in-law, in order that his children can receive their respective shares of the estate. He writes: "My friend Edward Ingersoll Esq. informs me that you have appeared in my favor to obtain the Settlement of the Legaties due to my children by the will of the late William De Peyster. There has been a disagreeable procrastination of that business, owing to differences between Wm. Remson and Messrs. John & Philip De Peyster-and I have been flattered year after year that an amicable settlement would have been made, and Wm. Remson has repeatedly declared to me his intention and desire to fulfill the intention of the will of Wm. De Peyster, and assuredly his children are equally entitled to their share of the Estate as the other heirs... My children by the Daughter of Mr. Wm. De Peyster are all of mature age, and the property when recovered & divided into five parts, as there are 5 of them, namely Linnaeus, Franklin, Sybella, Elizabeth & Titian, will be a small sum to each-yet that little will be more valuable at this period perhaps than at any other time... Friend CW Peale."
Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), noted early American painter, inventor, scientist, and naturalist, was married three times. He married his second wife, Elizabeth de Peyster (1765-1804) in 1791. Together they had six children before her death in 1804. Peale had ten children with his first wife Rachel Brewer (1744-1790). William de Peyster (1735-1803), Peale's father-in-law, had died almost two decades before Peale wrote this letter concerning settlement of the will.
Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds and a bit of paper loss on the left hand edge not affecting any text, where the wax seal has been torn open. Even toning and bold ink.
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