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    Jonathan Moulton Letter Signed. One page with address on the verso, 7.75" x 12", June 27, 1771, Hampton [New Hampshire]. The letter, addressed to Captain Eliphalet Merrill, refers to the possible promotion of Coronet Brown of the New Hampshire Colonial Militia, who Moulton believes "to be a very good sort of a man . . . who will make a pretty officer". Moulton served as a colonel in the militia, on the Committee of Safety, in the Continental Congress, and in state government. A general during the American Revolution, he was one of the country's first big real estate speculators owning thousands of acres of land, mills, and a store. Moulton became one of the richest men in New Hampshire. His reputation as a canny businessman led to rumors that he made a pact with the devil, selling his soul for monetary success. The tales of the pact became part of New Hampshire folklore. Capt. Eliphalet Merrill was a captain in the Revolutionary War and served in the Provincial Assembly. Some weakness at the folds and repairs, else near fine.

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