William Whipple Autograph Letter With Significant Content 2.25 pages of hand-written text, full document measures 12" x 15". In hinged frame with full translation. Portsmouth, August 4, 1777. Text tells of an incursion in which a ship loaded with rum is driven to shore by an enemy ship with 32 guns roughly 7 miles from Portsmouth. Whipple speaks of three ships in particular, the Ranger, the Raliege, and Alfred in this transmission to an apparently secret Wartime Committee. The letter reads "If the secret committee want any more vessels for Virginia or Carolina they may be either purchased or chartered..." Mention is also made of a Captain J and a Mr. Langdon in regards to a voyage over the Atlantic. Whipple also makes a very pointed appeal to the recipient to appoint a Navy Board quickly as "I have heard nothing of since I left Phila for heavens sake let that board be just in motion." Born in Maine, Whipple had been a sailor involved in the slave trade. Later, after freeing his slaves, he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Portsmith, New Hampshire. He was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776-1779 and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Whipple was commissioned a brigadier general in 1777 and participated in several battles of the Revolutionary War. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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