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The Revolutionary War and Founding Collection:
A Show-Stopping Gathering of Highly Important
Original Letters, Documents and Imprints
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The Revolutionary War & Founding Collection consists of more than 1,000 original historic letters, documents, imprints and artifacts—including important documents by Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Hancock and more. Boasting many objects that had disappeared from the market for many decades, and more that have never been sold before, this collection is unique and complete in itself.

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND FOUNDING]. The collection contains hundreds of documents from leaders, soldiers, citizens and the press, written when the Revolutionary War and Founding were current events. The collection includes powerful letters and documents of Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Aaron Burr, among many others.

Inventory #24685       Price: $2,600,000

Alexander Hamilton letters and documents in the collection include:

  • one of his greatest love letters, to Elizabeth Schuyler: “You are certainly a little sorceress… and have rendered me as restless and unsatisfied with all about me, as if I was the inhabitant of another world”;
  • Hamilton’s letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term (Hamilton changed his tune four years later, when he considered Burr a greater danger);
  • a letter written on behalf of General Washington in October 1777;
  • Hamilton to Robert Morris on biases that affect New York taxes;
  • Hamilton and General Charles Lee’s former aide-de-camp avoid a new confrontation years after Hamilton served as a second in his friend John Laurens’ duel with Lee.


The collection includes:

  • the Declaration of Independence—official facsimile printed by order of Congress;
  • Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying letter on continuing support for the Declaration and his pleasure upon returning home after nine years as minister to France;
  • The Federalist Papers, first edition, from the estate of a Governor of Pennsylvania;
  • letters and documents of leaders and soldiers, among them a pay order for Philip Negro.


The collection features letters of the first three American Presidents:

  • George Washington’s uncharacteristically tongue-in-cheek letter to close friend Dr. James McHenry, cryptically confiding his dream of leaving the army;
  • a Washington letter preparing for a possible campaign after his victory at Yorktown;
  • John Adams crowing about the capture of 55 British Ships, but warning not to expect peace yet, as “The Heads of a King and Ministers is at Stake”;
  • another great Adams letter, reacting to the Reynolds scandal, asking of Hamilton: “Can talents atone for such turpitude? Can wisdom reside with such Gullibility?”;
  • Thomas Jefferson refusing to share private correspondence to protect unfiltered thoughts from “obloquy from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine.”


Also included:

  • Original printings of the Acts passed by Congress implementing Hamilton’s Assumption Plan, his 1790 Report on the Public Credit, the charter for the Bank of the United States, and the charter for the Society for Useful Manufactures;
  • His 1784 Phocion pamphlet explaining Federalist positions on peace with Great Britain;
  • Documentation of a Livingston’s slam against Hamilton in a near-riot at Federal Hall; and a letter detailing Hamilton’s related challenge of Commodore Nicholson to a duel;
  • A rare printing of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” in which he admits to infidelity but vigorously denies financial malfeasance;
  • A lock of Hamilton’s hair, carefully preserved by his family for generations;
  • the domain name is included.


The Founding is represented in part by more than 40 exceptionally rare original acts of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson or Edmund Randolph as Secretary of State, including the 1791 budget, and the Act for raising a farther sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers, which Hamilton used as a back-door approach to enact his Report on Manufactures tariff proposals.

An Addendum features a collection of more than 900 original newspapers from 1800 to 1804 that capture the news of the new nation as it unfolds, with reports on the Hamilton-Burr duel printed in his own newspaper, and Jefferson’s First Inaugural and first four State of the Union addresses. Plus French Revolution and Haiti slave uprising reports, more Acts of Congress, legal cases such as Marbury v. Madison, and more politics, personalities, events, and issues.

See our catalog here.

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