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    Benedict Arnold Manuscript Letter Signed, Written During the Revolutionary War. One page, 7" x 9", Montreal, April 24, 1776. In this letter to Colonel Timothy Bedel, Commander of Fort Cedars, located west of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River, Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), still loyal to the Continental cause, relays confidential information about an imminent attack on the garrison. Arnold had recently left the battlefields of Quebec following the unsuccessful invasion of Canada. The letter reads in part: "This Intelligence is Just come to hand, I so far depend on it that I have thought proper to send an expert to acquaint you with it. ...Two Hundred Men from St. Johns [sic] are ordered to Join you immediately. Write me as fully as you can by return of the Bearer who has orders to hurry on the Amunition [sic] to you." The text is followed by the signature "B Arnold B Gen'l". The letter is one half of a folded-over sheet; the other half includes the name of the recipient, "Colonel Bedel / Commanding the Cedars." The letter has been double matted with an illustration, map, nameplate, and plaque describing the context of the letter, custom framed to an overall size of 17" x 49". Very good condition with folds, creases, and some staining from the original seal; the verso has had some professional restoration along the folds.

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    October, 2007
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