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Lot 58: HENRY LIGHT HORSE HARRY LEE Manuscript Document Signed as Governor of Virginia
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1794 Document Signed "Henry Lee" Governor of Virginia
HENRY "LIGHT HORSE HARRY" LEE, Revolutionary War Commander; Governor of Virginia; Father of Robert E. Lee.
August 9, 1794-Dated Federal Period, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Henry Lee," as Governor of Virginia, Richmond, measuring 15" x 12" on Vellum, Choice Very Fine. A boldly printed Commonwealth of Virginia Land Grant to John Quirk for "Two hundred and ninety six acres ... in the county of Hampshire." The manuscript portions of the document are all written in brown ink that is still quite crisp and legible. Lee's signature at bottom left is magnificent, being large and bold brown measuring 3" long. The fully-intact official Paper and Wax Seal has been additionally secured to the document with a pin. An impressive Document with rarely seen bold eye appeal for display.
"Light Horse Harry" was a brilliant cavalry commander in the Revolutionary War. After the War, he served in the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress, then as Governor of Virginia from 1792-95. He was vital in suppressing the Whisky Rebellion in Pennsylvania in 1794, and from 1799-1801 was a member of the House of Representatives.
In 1799, Lee eulogized Washington with words which became famous: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."