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MINING LEAD FOR CONTINENTAL ARMY BULLETS DANIEL ROBERDEAU
(1727 - 1795) American Revolutionary, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, first brigadier general of Pennsylvania troops in 1776. Fine content A.L.S. by JOHN MORRIS, JR., . Clerk of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1p. 4to.,"in General Assembly of Pennsylvania", Apr. 1, 1779 , concerning the state's approval of Roberdeau's project to found a lead mine in western Pennsylvania to provide much needed ammunition to the supply-starved Continental Army. Morris writes an extract of the minutes: "The house taking into Consideration General Roberdeau's memorial on the Subject of the Lead Mine and the Report of the Committee appointed to confer with him on that Subject. Resolved, That it is the Sense of this house that General Roberdeau and Company be indemnified from any loss they have already sustained or may hereafter sustain in opening the said Mine and smelting the ore if they prosecute the same agreeable to the true Intent and meaning of the Resolve of this house of the first day of March 1778". In April of 1778 Roberdeau took leave from his duties in the Continental Congress to establish a lead mine in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (near present-day Altoona). At his own expense, he constructed a palisade to protect the mine that became known as Fort Roberdeau. The fort remained in use until 1780 as a mine as well as a supply depot.
Estimate $ 300-400

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