This partially printed Connecticut pay order is dated February 1, 1789 and made out to Sherediah Butts, Esq of Canterbury. The two documents are attached to each other and numbered in sequential order. No. 3008 is made out for £24.10.0. No. 3009 is made out for £14.12.0. Both documents are signed "Jed Huntington," as Treasurer, making two Huntington signatures on the one document. It is unusual to find pay orders in this form. $380.00
Lincoln was forced to surrender more than 5,000 men to British forces in May of 1780 in Charleston, SC. This loss of the southern army at Charleston was one of the worst Continental defeats of the war. He was denied honors of war in surrendering but was later paroled with no charges being brought against him.
Lincoln was exchanged for British Major General William Phillips in November 1780, returning to George Washington's main army and leading it south to Virginia where he played a major role in the Siege of Yorktown and the surrender of Charles Cornwallis in 1781. Pleading illness, Cornwallis did not attend the surrender ceremony, choosing instead to send his second-in-command, Charles O'Hara. In response, George Washington refused to accept O'Hara's sword and sent Lincoln, his second-in-command, to receive the official surrender.
Dated February 13, 1807 and measuring 10" x 5", this partially printed ship's manifest is for an American vessel sailing traveling from Marsilles, France to Marblehead, Massachusetts It was in Marblehead where Benjamin Lincoln served as collector for the port. The ship was bringing with it 118 gallons of brandy. The document is signed "B. Lincoln." $325.00
John Nicholson (d. 1800) was an American Revolutionary War financier and associate of Robert Morris whom he joined in debtor's prison in 1800. The career of John Nicholson was very similar to that of Robert Morris. Both rendered invaluable financial assistance during the Revolution, both did much to develop and settle the new territories and both were finally broken by being too confident about the rapid growth of the economy. James Irvine (1735-1819) was an American Revolutionary War general and vice-president of Pennsylvania (1784-1785.) $495.00