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    Arthur St. Clair Autograph Letter Signed "Ar St. Clair," one page, 7.75" x 12.5". Carlisle, December 2, 1773. Addressed by St. Clair on verso to John Lukens. In full, "I can now inform you that Mr. McCrea has left the Province near a Month ago, and is settled at Alexandria. I will therefore depend on your Promise that I shall succeed him. I could have wished this had been known before I left Town as the Maker of the Security could then have been finished however if you please to send up the Deputation, and the Office Bond, Doctor Smith will execute it as my security and I will likewise secure it and return it by the first opportunity. I know not whether this District will be of any Recount or not but be that as it will I am equally obliged to you and shall be glad of every opportunity to convince you how much I am sensible of it." Scottish-born Arthur St. Clair had become the King's magistrate of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, when it was founded on February 26, 1773. In 1777, Brigadier General St. Clair became the commander of Fort Ticonderoga in New York. As British General Burgoyne's army prepared to attack, St. Clair evacuated the fort. St. Clair was court martialed for his actions and exonerated. A Member of the Continental Congress from 1786-1787, under the Articles of Confederation, he served as seventh President of the United States in Congress Assembled from February 2, 1787 to October 29, 1787. From 1789-1802, St. Clair was the first Governor of the Northwest Territory. Three horizontal folds, including one through his signature. Light foxing and slight separation at the edges of the folds, otherwise near fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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