14 June 2006
LAURENS, Henry and Charles THOMSON. Partly printed document signed by both ("Henry Laurens") AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, and ("ChasThomson Secy.") as Secretary of Congress, n.p., n.d. [between 1 November 1777 and 10 December 1778].
1 page, oblong, bold heading "In Congress," unaccomplished (signed as a blank document). Fine condition.
A standard printed form used to appoint those of proven "Patriotism, Valour, Conduct and Fildeity," to serve as officers to "the Army of the United States, raised for the defence of American Liberty, and for repelling every hostile Invasion thereof." It was not uncommon for the President and Secretary to sign such appointments in blank, leaving the actual appointments to be specified by the ranking field officers.
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