Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 38

Price Realized: $ 390
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 250 - $ 350
SIGNER BENJAMIN HARRISON. Letter Signed, "Ben Harrison," as Governor, to an unnamed recipient ("Sir"), sending worthless "Tobacco Notes" [not present]. 1 page, 4to; backed with cello tape, marked toning overall, loss of few letters of text at right edge, some smudging to one word of text. SOLD AS IS. "In Council" [Richmond], 10 June 1783

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"I send you a number of Tobacco Notes received by the Commissioners of Charlotte County . . . after it was known the Tobacco was destroyed. . . . I refer you to chief Justice, who is well acq[uainted] with the facts. I think it is necessary you should move against the Commissioners or the guilty receivers . . . . There are two Notes for rappahannock Tob[acc]o which you will deliver to Capt Young . . . ."

The early colonists of VA and NC used as currency receipts representing warehoused tobacco called "tobacco notes."

From the Collection of William Wheeler III.