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    George Clymer Autograph Document Signed: "Geo Clymer", one page, 8.25" x 5", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1776. Bartlett writes, "The committee within by leave to report that the treasury borrow money on the terms contained in the form of a note herewith exhibited." The document is also signed by James Biddle who was part of the "Fort Island Committee" with Clymer. In full, the document reads: "Gentlemen, please pay to Messrs James Worral and Robert Alisson, one hundred pounds for the purchase of logs for the defences of Fort Island agreeable to directions of the Committee of Safety." Fort Island was sometimes called "Mud Island" and was an important point in the defenses of the Delaware. A hastily built earthworks built in 1776 on Mud Island and then surrounded by water with a deep channel but now firmly united with the mainland. It was called Mud Fort and had ramparts, timber abatis, stockades, block houses, and a mounted 25 cannon. In 1776 and 1777 the Committee of Safety, in conjunction with Congress, hurriedly completed the work. On Sept. 26, 1777, the British army entered Philadelphia but being dependant on their ships for military supplies the troops became marooned in the city until the fleet under Admiral Howe could move up the river to the city front. It was Mud Fort's task to oppose the fleet's passage to the last ditch and nobly did the handful of Connecticut and Rhode Island troops composing its garrison respond to Washington's appeal. In 25 years at major auction only one other 1776 Clymer item has sold. Fine condition; two minor tape reinforcements on verso. Very attractive for display.

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