DescriptionDeclaration Signer Francis Hopkinson Autograph Letter Signed "Fras Hopkinson/ Treas. of Loans,". One page, 8" x 9.25". Philadelphia, January16, 1779. Portion of integral leaf is present, addressed by Hopkinson to "Nathaniel Appleton Esquire/Commissioner of Loans for the/State of Massachusetts Bay/at Boston." In full, "I transmit you pr Mr. James Brewer the following Loan Office Bills of Exchange 200 Setts for 120 Dollr each No. 447 to 646 = 24,000 Dollars for the Use of the Continental Loan Office in the State of Massachusetts Bay. For which please to send me duplicate Receipts." From time to time, Hopkinson would send Appleton funds for use in financing the war effort. On January 16, 1779, the very day Hopkinson wrote this letter, the Continental Congress ordered "That a warrant issue on the treasurer, in favour of Nathaniel Eustis, upon the application of Doctor Isaac Forster, deputy director general of the eastern district, agreeable to his letter of the 28 December last, for twenty five thousand dollars; and That another warrant issue on Nathaniel Appleton, Esq. commissioner of the continental loan office, in the State of Massachusetts bay, in favour of the said Doctor Isaac Forster, for fifty thousand dollars; for which two sums, amounting to seventy five thousand dollars, the said deputy director general is to be accountable; it being for the use of his department." Francis Hopkinson served as Treasurer of the Continental Loan Office from 1778-1781. Nathaniel Appleton was the Commissioner of the U.S. Loan Office from 1778-1791 and a founder of the Massachusetts Medical Society. The left portion of the letter is lightly toned and there is slight chipping at the right edge. A thin strip of white paper attaches the left edge of the letter to the address panel of the integral leaf. Overall, the letter is in very good condition.
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