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    Timothy Pickering Autograph Letter Signed "T. Pickering" as George Washington's second secretary of war. One page, 5" x 8", June 30, 1795, "War Office", written to Samuel Hodgdon, concerning the performance of a military contractor. In part as written: "The Secretary of the Treasury [Oliver Wolcott Jr.] and I have concluded that prior to a decision relative to the hats presented by the Cloathing Contractor, Mr. Waters the Inspector (who has condemned them) should state in writing his opinion of their comparative value: that is, whether they are of one third, one half or other proportion of the value of the patern hats to which their hats were by contract exactly to conform - at least to be equal to them." With remnants of red seal and docketing on verso. Tape repair along a separated fold; no text loss. Very good.

    Also, a Timothy Pickering Autograph Document Signed "Tim. Pickering". One page, 7" x 2", May 7, 1784, Philadelphia. In part as written: "Received . . . of John Barry Twenty Seven pounds four Shillings, & two pence being in full for Prize Money due to Woodward Abraham A seaman belonging to the Frigate Alliance in vesture of his Power of Attorny." After serving with distinction in the Revolutionary War, Pickering began a business partnership with Samuel Hodgdon in 1783. This document was written before this venture failed in 1785. Later, Pickering entered public service as George Washington's postmaster general, serving from 1791 through 1795. On January 2, 1795, President Washington named Pickering as his second secretary of war, a responsibility he held until December of that year. This document is hinged to a larger (8.5" x 10.5") paper which included an engraving of Pickering. Very light soiling, else fine.


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