James McHenry Autograph Letter Signed "James McHenry," one page, 7.75" x 9.5". No place, no date. Integral leaf addressed by McHenry to "J Rutherford Esq." In full, "Yesterday I engaged with Col. Moore to accompany Majr Gen Hamilton & Govr Davis to Bristol to a review of his regiment on Wednesday. I regret that it will not be in my power in consequence of this arrangement to dine with you. Mrs. McHenry begs Mrs Rutherford to accept as her apology for refusing herself the pleasure of dining with her my necessary absence." James McHenry a surgeon in the Fifth Pennsylvania Battalion in the American Revolution, later served as secretary to General Washington (1778-1780) and on the staff of General Lafayette (1780-1781). A signer of the Constitution, he represented Maryland in the Continental Congress (1783-1785) and was Washington and Adams' Secretary of War from 1796-1800. Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor is named in his honor. Mounted on a card, the letter is in fine condition.

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