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    Rare Horatio Gates French and Indian War Autograph Letter Signed, one page with verso address panel, 7" x 11.75", Herkemers, New York (?), August 8, 1756, to Sir William Johnson, Fort Johnson. The letter reads: "I can no longer avoid acquainting you, of the extream Ill behavior of Justice Herkemer, his Family, & Relations who are not only perpetually making the Indians Drunk with Rum, which they Sell in most unreasonable Quantities, but are taking all opportunities to create an animosity between the officers, Soldiers, & the Indians, of this I have most authentic proofs, as this scandalous perverse conduct of these people may, & will, if persisted in, produce the worst of consequences, I thought it my Duty to acquaint you of it, & desire you will exert your Magisterial authority to stop this Growing Ill, which will save me the disagreeable office of doing that by Force of Arms, which ought to be Done by the powers of Government, as there is at this time Quantitys of Rum in the Houses of Herkemer, & his Daughter. To prevent future mischief, I think it should be seized which, I did not care to do, without first having your Opinion thereon. When Herkemer meets with any thing he does not like, he threatens to complain to Broadstreet, but this does not deterr any One for doing everything consistent with Honor, & reason." With 6.5" x 9.25" 19th century engraved portrait of Gates. Minor papers loss from seal breakage, browning along edges. Altogether well preserved and in fine condition.
    Horatio Gates (1726 - 1806) is best known as the English-born Continental General who won the American victory at Saratoga during the Revolution. Like many other high ranking Revolutionary officers, Gates cut his soldier's teeth on the French and Indian War. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection


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