One of Washington’s Trusted Commanders
BENJAMIN LINCOLN, Major General, Continental U.S. Army.
Partially Printed Document, Signed “B. Lincoln” as Collector for Boston and Charlestown, on watermarked, fine-laid paper, March 15, 1804, Boston, MA, 10” x 7.5”, Choice Very Fine. Certifying that “John Miller, an American Seaman aged Twenty nine Years... is a Citizen of the united States of America...” Completed in brown ink manuscript, with a lovely engraving of a heraldic eagle at top and an ornate rule along the left side. Retains original paper seal at bottom. Signature is quite good, and the seal does not obscure the “B” at all. Minor dampstaining, mounting remnants on the back, normal folds, and docketing holes along the left edge. Benjamin Lincoln served with General Washington in New York, was appointed Southern Department Commander in 1778, was captured at Charleston in 1780, but was exchanged in time to rejoin Washington for Yorktown. Following the war he stayed active in public life in various capacities until his retirement in 1809. He died in Hingham in 1810.