Reed contributed an article, a chapter titled "Revolutionary Rarities". In it, he lists the autograph of JOSEPH SPENCER under the "RARE" category , providing some important perspective as to the availability of Joseph Spencer's WAR DATE signature up until that point in time among knowledgeable, early American autograph collectors. From my own experience over the past 30 years, Spencer's autograph continues to remain elusive of WAR DATE. JOSEPH SPENCER (1714 - 1789) studied law at Yale College in 1746, becoming a Connecticut attorney and a Judge of Probate. As a soldier, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in "King George's War", the last "French and Indian War", and as a Major General during the Revolutionary War.At the outset of the Rev War, he was appointed Brigadier General of Connecticut militia and in command of the 2nd Connecticut Regiment during the early "Siege of Boston". When the 2nd Connecticut was adopted into the Continental Army in June of 1775, Spencer became a Continental Army Brigadier General. He was one of the first eight Brigadier Generals so appointed by the Continental Congress. In 1776, he was promoted to Major General in the Eastern Department in support of Major General William Heath. Spencer resigned his commission on June 14th 1778 and was elected a representative to the Continental Congress from Connecticut in 1779.
CONDITION: letter measures about 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches in size, with the integral address leaf of equal size. It is in SUPERB overall condition with a bold, dark signature by General Spencer.
There are some horizontal and vertical folds, but NO rips / tears, or fold breaks. There is a small, trace amount of the original red wax seal on the integral address leaf and along the left border of the letter itself (see SCANS). The signature / autograph of MAJOR GENERAL Joseph Spencer is guaranteed authentic.
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