DescriptionWilliam Paterson and Henry Knox Manuscript Document Signed "Wm Paterson," "H Knox," "Benjn Henfrey," "Wm Bingham," "W Macpherson," "Anthy W. White," and "James Chambers," one page, 6.5" x 8". No place, March 13, 1795. In the hand of Benjamin Henfrey. In part, "Memorandum that we whose Names are hereunto Subscribed to Covenant promise and agree with Each Other to use our Separate and Joint Interest in Obtaining a right of preemption for the Lands mentioned in A Book known by the Title of Carvers Travels and Where he mentions having seen Vast Quantities of Virgin Copper..." American explorer Jonathan Carver published the first edition of his Travels through the Interior Parts of North America in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768 in 1778, the first English description of the upper Great Lakes and Mississippi region. In his book, Carver wrote about traveling in northwest Wisconsin: "a considerable river falls into the lake [Superior], the head of which is composed of a great assembly of small streams. The river is remarkable for the abundance of virgin copper to be found on and near its banks."
William Paterson, a signer of the Constitution, was U.S. Senator (1789-1790), Governor of New Jersey (1790-1793), and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1793 until his death in 1806. Henry Knox was Washington's first secretary of war (1789-1794). William Bingham represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress (1786-1788) and U.S. Senate (1795-1801) and was also a land surveyor in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York; Binghamton, N.Y., is named in his honor. In 1802, Benjamin Henfrey, an Englishman who had emigrated to Pennsylvania, patented a method of making gas light and demonstrated his "thermo-lamp" in Baltimore, Richmond, and Philadelphia. William Macpherson was surveyor for the port of Philadelphia, Philadelphia port inspector (1792), and Philadelphia naval officer (1793). During the Whiskey Rebellion (1794), he was in command of a battalion of Philadelphia volunteers called "Macpherson's Blues." Anthony W. White served in the Continental Army in the American Revolution and as aide-de-camp to General Washington. In 1794, President Washington appointed White a general in the cavalry in the Whiskey Rebellion. Mounting strip on verso; a mid-vertical crease just touches the "A" of "Anthy." Fine condition.
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