Item #17516 A Sidelight on History;: Being the Letters of James McHenry, Aide-de-Camp of the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland, written during the Yorktown Campaign, 1781. james McHenry.
A Sidelight on History;: Being the Letters of James McHenry, Aide-de-Camp of the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland, written during the Yorktown Campaign, 1781
A Sidelight on History;: Being the Letters of James McHenry, Aide-de-Camp of the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland, written during the Yorktown Campaign, 1781
A Sidelight on History;: Being the Letters of James McHenry, Aide-de-Camp of the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland, written during the Yorktown Campaign, 1781

Scarce Signed Limited Edition of Two of Maryland's Revolutionary War Founding Fathers

A Sidelight on History;: Being the Letters of James McHenry, Aide-de-Camp of the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland, written during the Yorktown Campaign, 1781

Privately Printed, 1931. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good. Item #17516

A very scarce edition of this important Revolutionary War correspondence, this being #139 of just 150 printed.

Signed by Sarah Redwood Lee (author of the foreword and great-granddaugther of Gov. Thomas Sim Lee) on limitation page.

Brown paper over boards with a title pastedown to front board. Mild wear, including a small 1/2-inch chip top of the spine

"James McHenry (1753 –1816) was a Scotch-Irish American military surgeon, statesman, and a Founding Father of the United States. McHenry was a signer of the United States Constitution from Maryland, initiated the recommendation for Congress to form the Navy, and was the eponym of Fort McHenry. He represented Maryland in the Continental Congress. He was a delegate to the Maryland State Convention of 1788, to vote whether Maryland should ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. He served as United States Secretary of War from 1796 to 1800, bridging the administrations of George Washington and John Adams. At the time of his death, McHenry owned 10 slaves, most of whom either worked as household servants or maintained his estate.

"Thomas Sim Lee (1745 – 1819) was an American planter, patriot and politician who served as Maryland Governor for five one-year terms (1779-1783 and 1792-1794), as well as in the Congress of the Confederation (1783-84), Maryland Ratification Convention of 1788 and House of Delegates in 1787. He also held local offices and owned many town lots in Georgetown (which became part of the new federal city, Washington, District of Columbia,and spent his final decades operating "Needwood" plantation in Frederick County, Maryland. In addition to working closely with many of the Founding fathers, he played an important part in the birth of his state and the nation."

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