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    William Johnson Autograph Letter Signed" "W Johnson," one page, 8.25" x 11.5". Johnson Hall, January 22, 1770. Addressed on verso by Johnson "To/Major Jeles Fonda/Coghnawage." In full, "I should be glad you would with the first Snow or good riding send the best Battoe of mine to Sacondaga, with all the Tools belonging to her, and three paddling paddles more, w[hic]h you can buy, let her be delivered to Jacob Harris with the Tools. - please to send me a pair of Womens leather shoes larger than the last, but not of the very largest size." After Johnson addressed and sealed his letter, he added and initialed a postscript beneath the red wax seal: "have you got the Turkeys you were pleased to say you would get for me. W.J." Johnson Hall, built in 1763 and located northwest of the present city of Johnstown, N.Y., was Sir William Johnson's home until his death in 1774. Caughnawaga was the principal village of the Mohawk nation and Sir William Johnson was the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Northern Colonies of British America from 1755 until his death. He had served as Major General in the British forces during the French and Indian War. His estate in the Mohawk River Valley covered over 400,000 acres. Molly Brant, sister of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, was Johnson's common law wife and aided the Loyalist cause during the Revolutionary War; they had eight children. The "Womens leather shoes" were most probably for her. Penciled notations by collector in lower blank area. Minor tears at right edge. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection


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