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    Gen. Anthony Wayne's Son Petitions Congress Document A six plus page manuscript document, 10" x 16", not dated (but likely circa 1810), addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives by Isaac Wayne, son and executor of the estate of General Wayne. General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, one of the best generals on the colonial side in the American Revolution, died December 15, 1796 at Fort Erie after a severe attack of gout. Isaac claims that he was never able to reclaim his father's "letter books and original entries and most of his private papers, owing to the place & circumstances in which he died..." Apparently Isaac had been asked by the Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury to pay a balance. He refutes the claims in detail, point by point. One claim involves "...rations, drawn from the Commissary Genl at Greenville, Miami and Detroit, in August, September & Novr. 1796..."; these were drawn by Gen. Wayne, who was "surrounded by crowds of starving and necessitous Indians...." Isaac reminds the Congress that his father was appointed "as sole Commissioner... for negotiating a treaty, with the Western Indians...," that he "was ordered upon Services of a Secret and critical nature, and that he never afterward returned to his family, dying in the Western Wilderness...." He expresses confidence that the "Justice of the National Legislature will relieve the Settlement of the Accounts of so distinguished a Citizen and Soldier..." The first three pages are fine; the 4th has some edge darkening in one area and a fold split that affects a couple of words. The last two pages and docket leaf are stained and rough at the right margin, affecting several words; also some lighter fold stains. An eloquent and historical document with much detail about the last months of General Wayne's life. Includes an engraving of Anthony Wayne. Provenance: the Ridgway - Wayne estate.

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