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Description: (BENEDICT ARNOLD)
(1741 - 1801) Revolutionary War major general and traitor, he repulsed the British in the Mohawk Valley and fought Burgoyne at Saratoga. Arnold's plot to surrender West Point to the British was discovered, and thereafter he led British raids in Virginia and Connecticut. A fine content manuscript document, 3pp. legal folio, New York, [1765], being a suit in which "...Benedict Arnold Complains of Benjamin Halstead...of the City of New York Goldsmith in Custody &c of a plea that he Render unto him the said Benedict Arnold one hundred and forty Seven pounds, Sixteen shillings and three pence... ". Written during a particularly trying time in Arnold's financial life. At the time, Arnold was a prominent New Haven merchant dealing in a variety of goods. Following the Seven Years War, Arnold, like most American merchants experienced a severe downturn in business due to the exit of thousands of British troops and the hard currency they used to purchase all manner of supplies. By the mid-1760s Arnold's London creditors were pressuring him over unpaid debts. In turn, Arnold came down on his own debtors among whom were many New York merchants. Moderate marginal chipping and weak at folds with partial separations, else very good condition.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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