Pickering, Timothy (ON HOLD)


1783 ADS as Continental Army Quartermaster General, dated the day Congress ratified preliminary articles of peace with Great Britain!


Type: Document
Description: (1745-1829) Born in Salem, Mass., opposed patriot cause early in Revolutionary War, but in 1777 accepted General Washington’s offer to be Adjutant General of the Army. As Quartermaster General 1780-85, he widely praised for supplying troops during remainder of the conflict. President Washington appointed him commissioner to the Iroquois Nation, and he represented the Government in negotiating the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua with them. Postmaster General 1791-95, Secretary of War briefly in 1795. Secretary of State 1795-1800 (Washington-Adams), dismissed in May 1800 after quarreling over Adams’ plan to make peace with France in the Quasi-War. Elected to the Senate in 1803, became an ardent opponent of the Embargo Act of 1807 and continued to support Britain in the Napoleonic Wars. He left the Senate in 1811, US Rep 1813-17. During the War of 1812, he was a leader of the New England secession movement and helped organize the Hartford Convention. The fallout from the Convention ended Pickering’s political career and he returned to farming in Salem.

5 ½  x 8 ADS, no place, April 15 1783,  signed in the body as Quartermaster General of the Continental Army, receipt for $34 and “thirty ninetieths” paid to William Lockwood, who signs below, for “forage & rations” to July 13 1782.

On April 15, 1783, the Continental Congress, meeting in Annapolis, ratified preliminary articles of peace that ultimately ended the Revolutionary War.  The formal conclusion of the 7-year struggle against Great Britain came with the Treaty of Paris, signed Sept. 3, 1783, ratified by the Continental Congress on Jan. 14, 1784, and by King George III in London on April 9, 1784.

Condition: Very good, 2 vertical folds, small slash at lower left carefully repaired

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