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CONTINENTAL ARMY SURGEON BEGS TO GO HOME TO SCOTLAND Very unusual war date A.L.S. of Andrew Harper, a Scottish-born surgeon who served with the Continental Army for three years, 2pp. legal folio, Philadelphia, Apr. 3, 1780 begging Pennsylvania President Joseph Reed for a permit to cross the British lines at New York in order for him to return to his native Scotland. Harper writes, in small part: "...It is the peculiarity of my situation alone that compells [sic] me to address your Excellency, on this occasion, and Sollicit [sic] a licence [sic], which my circumstances, (when known) I hope, will not only justify, but intitle [sic] me to. Having arrived in this country but a little before the commencement of this contest, I have, by that means, been unfortunately precluded from any communication with, or assistance from my friends ever since. After serving near three years in the Medical department, at a great expensce [sic], & without any prospects, I judged it the most prudent, and indeed the only alternative to endeavour to get home to my relations, on whom I depend. Disappointed, however, of a passage to St. Eustatia through some accidents that befell the vessel, & finding no appearance of another opportunity, I am under the necessity of requesting leave of the Supreme Authority of this State (in which I am present an accidental residenter [sic]) to go to Scotland by the way of New York . As a stranger, I beg leave to lay before you the necessary Certificates; and, as my case Stands on a simple, clear and equivocal ground, I would flatter myself that your Excellency will consider it in the same light...". With separate (but formerly) integral address leaf addressed to Reed. Light toning at folds, a few minor marginal chips, else very good condition.
Estimate $ 400-600

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