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    General Nicholas Herkimer and Adam Klock signed document - four years before each is killed in the Battle of Oriskany

    Nicholas Herkimer Partly Printed Document Signed "Nicolas Herchhimer" and "Adam Klock," one page, 7.75" x 6". New York, February 23, 1773. In part, "This bill bindeth me Adam Clock [sic] of Canajoham in Tryon County & Province of New York unto John V. Donn of Albany and Province of New York in the Sum of thirty one Pounds two Shilling and five pence lawful Money of the Province aforesaid..." The bill was "Sealed and Delivered in Presence of" Nicholas Herkimer. Born in a German area of what is today Herkimer County, New York, circa 1728, Nicholas Herkimer was a militia captain in the French and Indian War. In 1775, he headed the Tryon County Committee of Safety and became Colonel of the county militia, later becoming Brigadier General in the State militia. Adam Klock, born in 1738, was also a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety and the county militia. In July 1777, upon learning of the siege of Fort Stanwix, Herkimer assembled the county militia at Fort Dayton, 28 miles east, and began his march to Fort Stanwix. On August 6, 1777, near present day Oriskany, his militia of about 700 soldiers and about 60 Oneida Indians was ambushed by a force of British troops and mostly Mohawk and Seneca Indians. His horse was shot from under him and Herkimer was seriously wounded. Adam Klock was killed. Resting against a tree, Herkimer continued to direct his troops. After the battle, he was carried home and his right leg was amputated. On August 16, 1777, General Herkimer died from complications resulting from the surgery. There were many variants of the way Herkimer signed his name; his parents spelled it Herchheimer. His autograph is extremely rare in any form. The document has a small paper repair on verso and there is minor chipping at the side edges. There is a diagonal fold in the upper left corner. Darkly signed by both Herkimer and Klock, the docu

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