Lot 545

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(1737 - 1789) Major General in the Continental Army who saw service during the siege of Boston and the Battle of Long Island. Succeeded Israel Putnam in command of the Connecticut line. Served on the jury that convicted John Andre. Fine content war date A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Reading, Nov. 22, 1780 to N.Y. Gov. George Clinton concerning a suspected counterfeiter. Parsons writes, in part: "...In common with Mr Muirson's other Friends, I had entertained the highest Opinion of his Zealous Attachment to our Cause; but since he was with his Father & other Relatives, There's Reason to Suppose he as pas'd large Sums of Counterfeit Bills of Credit knowing them to be false: I fear on Examination he will not be able to Satisfy his Friends of his Innocence; if this is true I can no longer Esteem him a friend to our Case, and I am convinced that any man who can be guilty of this Fraud is unworthy of every Trust. I Sincerely wish he may give Satisfactory Proof of his Innocence but a present, I have little Hope of it..." With integral transmittal leaf on verso. Heathcote Muirson was a soldier, sailor, and spy for George Washington. The British had sanctioned a counterfeiting operation in 1776, which was used by those colonists who remained loyal to the British government. Whether Murison was involved is still a matter of conjecture. Muirson would meet his demise in 1781 after being wounded in a raid. Mounting strip affixed to verso of left margin, else very good.

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