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    Gold Selleck Silliman Autograph Letter Signed "G. Selleck Silliman'". Eight pages, 7.25" x 9.25", July 15, 1783, Fairfield [Connecticut], to Brigadier General David Forman of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Silliman, a Connecticut hero of the Revolutionary War, practiced law as an occupation. In this letter written near the close of the war, he writes as a lawyer concerning a complicated case involving Darius Fulsom and "illicit trade with the enemy." Responding to "every part" of a letter previously received from Forman, Silliman informs the brigadier general that he has been taking depositions ("I have sent you copies of the depositions that I have taken, that you may judge how far they will answer your purpose") and checking on the character of witnesses ("Cap Hait is a Tory, but he as well as Mr. Van Dyck are Men of the Strictest Honor, Probity, and Truth You may depend on it. There Characters can be supported by the Testimony of Doc Johnson and some of the first Characters in the State").

    Seven years earlier in 1776, Silliman was promoted to brigadier general and became a hero in 1777 after a British invasion of Connecticut. There, Brigadier General Silliman, along with Major General David Wooster and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, engaged the invading force at the Battle of Ridgefield. Though technically a British victory, the influx of American forces deterred the British from ever again attempting a landing by ship to attack any inland colonial strongholds. On toned paper with some foxing. Some separation at the folds with a small amount of tape repair. Small loss of text at separations. Good condition.

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