1814, War Of 1812, Free Frank Letter, Great Political Content, General Barton For Sale
This item is a wonderful, original letter dated 1814
, Providence, Rhode Island, where Gabriel
Allen, postmaster, has written to imprisoned General William Barton at Danville, Vermont. Allen tells Barton the British and those in Vermont that hold Barton captive are half beast and half devil....he then relates a story of a conflict between a Captain Arthur Potter and a Captain Benedict Arnold.....where Arnold tries to entice Potter to take him where they are building a new Privateer ship, Potter defies the request at which point Arnold curses the President. Potter then physically throws Arnold off the ship.. 70,000 good men in the field would take care of this war.....other great political content, .signed G. Allen. Letter is three pages, addressed outer leaf with Free Frank of Benjamin West as Postmaster..pages are 8x11, in overall very good condition.
Letter is three pages long, great historical ,addressed outer leaf with great postmarks, in overall fine shape. Benjamin West, born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, was a scholar, a professor in the university, an eminent astronomer, a mathematician and a publicist.' He was the appointee of Thomas Jefferson and was the able and efficient postmaster of Providence from 1802 to 1813, when, at his death, he was succeeded by his son-in-law, Gabriel Allen, who held the office until his own death in 1824.
GABRIEL ALLEN (1749-1824) son of George Allen of Rehobeth, Massachusetts, was a prosperous merchant, gravestone carver and later first US Postmaster in Providence, Rhode Island. He carved gravestones from the early 1770s to 1800. He was a lieutenant in the company of men under the command of General William Barton that captured British General Richard Prescott in 1777.
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. . At the age of seventy-seven, he was 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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