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1814, Revolutionary War General William Barton ,als From Prison For Sale
This item is a wonderful,original document dated 1814, from the Limits of Danville (Vermont), where William Barton has written and signed a letter from Danville Prison to James Monroe.;..." took the liberty to write you a letter, knowing you would help the unfortunate, especially officers and soldiers that have fought for their country...I have a memorial before Congress and have forwarded a letter that will explain my painful situation .....signed Wm. Barton. Letter is 8x10, folds, else in overall fine shape.
Barton kept a handwritten copy of every letter he wrote and frequently re-wrote and sent them if he received no response from the receiving party.Barton spent nearly 13 years of his life in Danville Prison.
William Barton (1748–1831) was an officer in the Continental Army during the American War of Independence who retired with the rank of colonel. He later served as adjutant general of the Rhode Island militia.
Barton was born in Warren, Rhode Island on May 26, 1748. He worked as a hatter in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1771, he married Rhoda Carver. In 1775, he enlisted in the Continental Army as a corporal. He fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. In 1777, as a major in the Rhode Island state troops, he planned and led a raid on British headquarters, capturing Major General Richard Prescott. For this exploit, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and honored by a resolution of the Continental Congress.
When Rhode Island ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1790, Barton was sent to New York to notify George Washington.
In 1781, Barton petitioned the governor of Vermont for a grant of unsettled land near the Canadian border. He was joined in this petition by Ira Allen (brother of Ethan), John Paul Jones, and others. The town of Barton, VT came into existence at this time.Then Col. Barton was jailed over a land dispute. He refused to pay a real estate tax on some land he had sold to a party named Wadhams. This put the title in dispute. Wadhams found out about that, repurchased the land from another man, and then demanded that Barton return his money to him. After several court actions, Barton was ordered to pay the original amount, plus court costs. He refused to do this, insisting he would "go to jail and rot" before paying.
In 1812, Barton was imprisoned in Danville for his refusal to pay.
. At the age of seventy-seven, he was finally released at the initiative of the visiting Marquis de Lafayette, who agreed to pay the balance of his fine.
Barton died on October 22, with the year of death being given variously as 1831 or 1833. He is buried in the North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. Fort Barton in Rhode Island was named after William Barton.
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