James Monroe Autograph Letter penned as United States Senator. One trimmed page, 7.5" x 6", "Houston, Sept. 8, 1792." Portion of an important letter of introduction written by Senator Monroe to newly appointed Major General Anthony Wayne, recommending Captain Alexander Gibson "who will have the pleasure of commanding a compy. under yr direction in the western province . . . he is not only a sensible man, but amiable, diligent and punctual in all his ingagements [sic]." Gibson would be a fine addition to Wayne's cadre of commanding officers. In the spring of 1794, Gibson led a detachment of 150 men to the headwaters of the Wabash River, where they built Fort Recovery. At the end of June, more than 1000 Indian warriors assaulted the fort for ten days, but Gibson and his men were able to repel the Indians and force their retreat. Historians credit this decisive battle with breaking the will of the local tribes, leading to the signing of the Treaty of Greeneville and opening up the Northwest Territory for settlement. Letter is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope/cover addressed to "Major General A. Wayne." Docketed with wax seal; seal tear. Very good condition. Trimmed letter shows faint age toning and two small dampstains, but is otherwise in fine condition. This is a wonderful Indian War-era letter connected to three notable American patriots.

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