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    [Revolutionary War] Benjamin Hickok Autograph Document Signed, a Receipt of Weapons. One page, 6.25" x 7.5", Danbury CT, July 6, 1776. Being a handwritten receipt weapons and other supplies issued to Captain William Hubbell's Company "in Col. Gould Sillick Silliman's Regiment," and signed by Lieutenant Benjamin Hickok. Docketed on verso.

    On July 3, 1776, British troops landed on Staten Island. Over a period of six weeks, British troop strength increased to more than 32,000 by the end of August. Meanwhile, General Washington was preparing his men as well as he could under the circumstances. Washington was hampered by the British control of the sea, which allowed them to conceivably attack either Long Island or Manhattan. Washington decided to defend both vulnerable areas, and directed that his troops be suitably outfitted for the looming battles. Three days after the British landed on Staten Island, Lieut. Benjamin Hickok recorded the receipt of: "One Purchased Gun . . . two Purchased Bayonets with Belts and Scabbards . . . and four new Cartouch [sic] Boxes, all and Every of the Above mentioned Articles Rec'd for the Use of my Company." Three days after this receipt was drawn up, General Washington ordered that the newly issued Declaration of Independence be read before the American army in New York, to inspire and encourage them to defend their new nation. Penned on rough paper, the document is in exceptional condition and is perfect for prominent display. Very fine and desirable!

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