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    [Marquis De Lafayette] Dinner Invitation Issued to Elias Hasket Derby. Partly-printed document completed in manuscript, one page, 6.5" x 8.25". Paris, February 3, 1787. In English. In full: "Marquis de la Fayette's Compliments Wait upon Mr Derby and Begs the Honour of His Company, at Dinner on Monday next. Paris Fe 3th 1787. The favour of an Answer is Requested." The text is contained within a 4" x 6.25" double-bordered printed rectangle. Accompanied by the front panel of the original 4" x 2.75" envelope, addressed in an unknown hand to "Monsieur Derby" in Paris. Fine condition.

    Also included in this lot is a partly-printed Document Signed "Jos. Hiller" as Naval-Officer, one page, 12.5" x 7.5". Salem, December 6, 1787. A "Bill of Health" for Elias Hasket Derby's ship Grand Turk bound for the Isle of France (today, Mauritius). This document certifies "there is not in the said Port of Salem any Pestilence or contagious Distemper whatever." Fine embossed Naval Office seal at left. Joseph Hiller (1748-1814) was a silversmith when he enlisted to fight in the Revolutionary War, rising to major. In 1789, President George Washington appointed Hiller the first Collector of the Port of Salem; he served until 1803. Fine condition with professional repair to top right corner.

    American merchant and ship owner Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799) of Salem, Massachusetts is often referred to as America's first millionaire. He actively engaged his fleet of ships in privateering during the American Revolution. Derby's business continued to prosper after the war as he actively explored new trade routes; he was instrumental in opening American trade to the Indian Ocean and China.


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