Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Lachlan McIntosh (1727-1806) American General in the Revolution who killed Signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett, Autograph Letter Signed, "Lacn. McIntosh" one page, 7.75" x 11.5", Haddon's Point, December 18, 1780 to Colonel Ball during his imprisonment by the British. He writes to Colonel Ball: "I take Liberty of troubling you with the two inclosed Letters, and as you have been kind enough to promise you would deliver each of them yourself request you will keep them in this paper, untill [sic] you have done it for fear you may forget. In am assured your best rout[e] is over the Chawsaw & if so, Hillsburrough, will not be much out of your way - besides the Satisfaction you will give to Mrs. McIntosh, which I am sure now cou'd with more to do you upon your Indulgence, & wish you a happy Signet of your friends & family." " Below his signature, and eight days later, McIntosh adds a lengthy postscript, a "Memorandum to Colo. Ball the 26th Decr [sic]. 1780" with "As I expect you will call at Hillsborrough - you will please to inform Mrs. McIntosh of my Situation here -- and if you find her in any Danger where she is, from the Enemy, advise her the best place to go or Safety.- :You will please to Deliver the Letter from the Virginia Officers to Governor [Thomas] Jefferson - & inform my Son of it, that he may do anything necessary in Consequence thereof, and shall expect your own influence or support of it. -- In case of our General Exchange which I expect you will plead hard for - I hope you will not allow an old Tesson[?] to walk out of it.-" McIntosh was captured by the British at Charleston, South Carolina on May 12, 1780 after American forces surrendered the town after a forty-day struggle. He was not exchanged until February 9, 1782. That experience compromised his health for the rest of his life. A scarce example in fine condition. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 671

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 36 days left to consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674