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Lot 86: BARON VON STEUBEN Autograph Letter Signed at Fish Kill Landing (New York)
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
"Baron de Steuben" Autograph Letter Signed Invitation
BARON FRIEDRICH WILHELM AUGUST HEINRICH FERDINAND von STEUBEN (1730-1794). Major General of the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; one of the Fathers of the Continental Army; wrote "Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States."
May 27 (1782 no year)-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Autograph Letter Signed, "Baron de Steuben," at the start of the text, 1 page, octavo, measuring 6.25" x 8", nicely written on period laid paper, at Fish Kill Landing (New York), Choice Very Fine. Integral Address Leaf reads: "The Reverend Doctor Lockwood". Written by Steuben inviting a Reverend Lockwood to dine. It reads, in full: "Baron de Steuben presents his compliments to Doctor Lockwood and requests the favor of his company to Dine, on Friday at 3 o'Clock. - Tuesday 27 May. - Fish Kill Landing. - Please send answer." Folds and trivial light soiling, otherwise choice very fine for display. A rare "Baron de Steuben" Autograph Letter Signed invitation.
FRIEDRICH WILHELM LUDOLF GERHARD AUGUSTIN von STEUBEN, (1730-1794). Famous as a Prussian-born American Revolutionary War Soldier. Came to America in 1777, recommended to General George Washington by Benjamin Franklin. Baron von Steuben reported to Washington at Valley Forge Camp on February 23, 1778, and was designated Inspector General of the Continental Army, invested with the task of training the Continental Army.