DescriptionSamuel Colt Autograph Letter Draft (unsigned), with a Peter Colt Bond Signed. Samuel Colt's unsigned draft is on one ruled page (8" x 10") written from Washington on February 26, 1834, to Dudley Selden of Washington concerning a shipment of goods. In part, the firearms maker writes, "If I avere to ship the goods now in my possession to New York by the next transportation line they would not reach there untill after I do[?]." With folds and minor staining. A large "X" is marked through the text. Docketed on the verso.
Samuel Colt (1814-1862) received his first firearm patent one year after writing this draft. Dudley Selden (1794-1855), his cousin, later extended a loan to Colt, who used the loan to form a corporation in 1836 to produce his firearms. Selden gave other loans to Colt, though he occasionally chastised the manufacturer for profligacy. Peter Colt (1744-1824), father of Samuel Colt, signs the Connecticut Treasury bond as state treasurer in a large, bold hand (8" x 3.75", June 1, 1782 [the date is printed on the document]). Peter Colt, the great-uncle of Samuel Colt, served as the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1790 until 1794. Age toning with an irregularly cut left edge. From the Donald P. Dow Collection.
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