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    Pennsylvania politician pays Gen. Washington's spy for work "of a most delicate nature."

    Thomas Hartley Autograph Letter Signed "Thos Hartley," one page, 6" x 7.5". York Town, December 2, 1785. Integral leaf addressed by Hartley to "Stephen Chambers Esq/at/Lancaster/By Major/Clark." In part, "I am under the necessity of drawing upon you for the sum of thirty three Pounds to be paid by you to the Bearer Major John Clark who is to take it to Philadelphia to perform an Engagement of a most delicate nature..." At the bottom: Major John Clark Manuscript Receipt Signed "Jno Clark." In full, "3d Decr 1785 I acknowledge to have recd on the above order Twenty three pounds." Lightly soiled. Thomas Hartley was Colonel of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War in 1776 and commanded an expedition against the Indians in 1778. He represented Pennsylvania in the first six Congresses from 1789 until his death in 1800. Major John Clark was aide-de-camp to General Nathaniel Greene and Auditor of the Continental Army. He also supervised a spy network for General Washington during the war. Integral leaf has been reinforced at folds and inlaid to 7.5" x 9.75". Penciled notes by collector on letter. Fine condition.

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