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Re-Paying Jewish Patriot Nathan Levy’s
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NATHAN LEVY. Printed Document Signed, to David Rittenhouse, countersigned by Charles Biddle and Jonathan Nicholson. Philadelphia, [Pa.], November 5, 1785. Signed on verso, “Nathan Levy.” 1 p., 7¾ x 6¼ in.

Inventory #21097       SOLD — please inquire about other items

Nathan Levy was a member of Captain Jacob Mauser’s Company in the Pennsylvania 6th Regiment, which fought bravely in the Battles of Trenton, Princeton and enduring the horrors at Valley Forge. This document records payment to “Nathan Levi” [sic] for 3 pounds, 17 shillings, as “one year’s interest on his depreciation certificate.”

This Nathan Levy is likely the son of Benjamin Levy, one of the signers of the Non-Importation Resolutions of 1765, that attempted to repeal the Stamp Act.  According to Simon Wolf, Captain Jacob Mauser [or Moser], was himself a Jewish American patriot.

Charles Biddle, was born into an old and wealthy Quaker family in New Jersey. He served as an ex officio trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, and was vice-president of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Executive Council (the equivalent of Lieutenant-Governor). He was the father of Nicholas Biddle, who would become the President of the Second Bank of the United States.

Revolutionary War Judaica, especially relating to field service, is extremely scarce.

References

Francis B.  Heitman, Historical Register of Officers in the Continental Army…

http://www.valleyforgemusterroll.org/muster.asp?id=PA05098

Josiah Harmar Papers at Clements Library, University of Michigan. Manuscript Group 484, Brandywine Battlefield Collections, 1777-1815. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/Bah/DAM/mg/mg484.htm

Malcolm Stern,  First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654-1988.  3rd ed.  http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/pdfs/stern_p154.pdf

Simon Wolf,  The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen. 1895.