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    Three weeks before the Declaration of Independence, after the British leave Boston, Gen. Lincoln orders the fortification of Boston harbor

    Benjamin Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed "Benj Lincoln" as Warden (member of the council), one page, 7.25" x 4.75". Boston, June 12, 1776. To Mr. Henry Jackson. In full, "You are desired by the committee for fortifying the harbour of Boston to take ye Over sight & instruction of all ye move[me]nts on ye Water this night in the harbor aforesaid. You will endeavour to procure so many men as a guard on ye Several Wharves, & Shores as to prevent any Boat from leaving the town on any pretense whatever." On March 17, 1776, the British evacuated Boston. In June, General Benjamin Lincoln commanded the expedition that cleared Boston harbor of British vessels. It was at this time that this order was issued. Three weeks later, the American Colonies declared their independence. In 1780, Major General Lincoln was captured in Charleston, S.C., and was later exchanged. When Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in 1781, General Washington sent Major General Lincoln to accept his sword. In 1789, Benjamin Lincoln was appointed the first Collector of the Port of Boston, serving until 1809. Narrow mounting strip at left edge. Lightly soiled. Fine condition.

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