Pennsylvania Continental Loan Officer Form, Philadelphia "...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Revolutionary Officer Jos. Harmar Signed Continental Loan Office Form
Pennsylvania Continental Loan Officer Form, Philadelphia
"Received of Thomas Smith" for $3,450 May 4, 1786 Uncertified
An extremely rare and apparently unlisted in Anderson-Smythe Loan Officer form issued at Philadelphia, issued to and signed by Josiah Harmar. Uniface on laid paper, partly printed form and fully accomplished. A rare form type not seen by us and signed by an interesting military figure who served in various capacities for decades. Harmer fought with Generals George Washington and Henry Lee during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he became the commander of the First American Regiment with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was later brevetted brigadier general in July, 1787. He was the senior officer in the United States Army from 1784-91 when this receipt was dated. Harmar supervised the construction of several forts in the Northwest Territory during this time. He also lost to a tribal coalition led by Little Turtle at the Battle of Maumee in 1790. Harmar returned with a larger force and fought the second time to a draw. This led to his court-martial at his own request, at which he was exonerated by a court of inquiry. He retired from the Army in 1792. He was also chosen by Congress in 1784 to relay the ratified Treaty of Paris (1783) to Commissioner Benjamin Franklin in Paris, and was an original member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati when it was founded on October 4, 1783 that same day he was elected as the society's first secretary serving for two years. Uncertified. An attractive rarity and solid, exhibiting only some petty edge nicks here and there. Important for financial history collectors and Revolutionary War buffs.
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