7 December 2015
[REVOLUTIONARY WAR.] BENSON, Robert. Manuscript document signed, In Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York, 21 August 1776. 1 page, 4to, age-toned, worn at folds, small paper losses catching portions of a few letters, repaired on verso.
BUYING MUSKETS FOR THE RAGING BATTLE OF NEW YORK Benson, as secretary of the convention, orders that “Col. Curtenius as Commissary of this State be ordered to pay Col. William Malcolm or his order the sum of sixty pounds five shillings being the purchased money of sixteen muskets & five bayonets disbursed by Capt. Jonathan Blake for the use of the Company in Col. Malcolm’s Battalion…” Col. William Malcolm was a prominent New York City merchant whose battalion would see action at White Plains and Monmouth, and endure the famous winter encampment at Valley Forge. Later they would guard the Hudson Highlands around West Point. Malcolm’s second in command was Lt. Col. Aaron Burr.
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