RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
Bidder Login
Show Password

New Bidder Registration
Forgot your password?

The Current Auction
Ends December 9th
Steve Jobs + Apple Auction Preview
Begins Dec 10
Advanced Search
By Item Number
Gallery Search
Past Auction Search
How Do I Bid?
What is BidTracker™?
New Bidder Registration
The 30-Minute Rule
Terms and Conditions
New to RR Auction?
About Us
Register to Bid
Jobs at RR Auction
Press Releases
Consign to RR Auction
How to Consign
2019-2020 Auction Calendar
Jan 8
Jan 16
Jan 23
Feb 5
Feb 13
Feb 21
Mar 4
Mar 12
Apr 8
Apr 16
May 13
May 21
Jun 10
Jun 18
Jul 8
Jul 16
Jul 23
Aug 12
Aug 20
Sep 9
Sep 11
Oct 7
Oct 15
Nov 11
Nov 19
Dec 9
Dec 17
Jan 13
Jan 21
Feb 10
Feb 18
Mar 10
Mar 18
  View All Dates & Deadlines

Item 7007 - Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter Signed Catalog 1008 (May 2020)

Back To Previous Page
(we are no longer accepting bids on this item)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Sold Price: $7,500.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Revolutionary War-dated twice-signed ALS as governor, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.5 x 8.75, May 14, 1780. Letter to Colonel Anthony Walton White, "of the Virginia horse in South Carolina," in full: "I do myself the pleasure of transmitting to you the inclosed advice of Council and order in answer to your application to us. The board of trade inform me they have & shall immediately forward to the Southward such stores as will amount to about half the annual allowance." Jefferson addresses the reverse of the second integral page and adds his signature to the upper left. In very good condition, with trimmed bottom edge, a few light stains, tears to the right side repaired via overall silking, and all of the handwriting several shades light.

Colonel Anthony Walton White (1750-1803) of the 1st Continental Dragoons, who served with the Virginia cavalry in South Carolina, had been defeated by Col. Banastre Tarleton just days earlier on May 6th during the Battle of Lenud's Ferry. Of particular note was that all of Tarleton's 150 men were in fact Loyalists who had been born and raised in the colony of South Carolina; the unit was known as the Loyalist British Legion.

White's men were unprepared for the surprise attack, which resulted in the American deaths of five officers and 36 soldiers. In Tarleton's own words: 'Being totally surprised, resistance and slaughter soon ceased...All the horses, arms, and accoutrements of the Americans were captured. Colonels White, Washington, and Jamieson, with some officers and men, availed themselves of their swimming, to take their escape, while many who wished to follow their example perished in the river.' A fascinating document that finds Governor Jefferson attempting to assuage the losses dealt to Colonel White and his men. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

Terms and abbreviations used in our descriptions.


Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge

Important Information

Tips For Consignors


For a complete list of auction beginning and ending dates, check our dates and deadlines page.