UNCOMMON SIGNED DOCUMENT FROM ARTHUR ST. CLAIR
ST. CLAIR, ARTHUR. (1734-1818). American Revolutionary War General. Partially-Printed Document Signed, “A. St Clair”. One page, oblong folio. “Bedford County”, October, 1772. Fine condition. The document reads:
“George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. To the Sheriff of Bedford County, Greeting. We command you as at another time we did command you that you summon James Chamberlin late of your county yeoman. So the he be and appear before Our Justices at Bedford, at Our County Court of Common Pleas, there to be held the thirteenth day of October next, to answer Moses Holliday of a plea of Trespass on the case be. Writ. Witness John Fraser. Enquire at Bedford the Seventeenth Day of July And have you then there this in the twelfth Year of Our Reign. A. St Clair”.
Arthur St. Clair was born in Scotland, he served in the British Army in the French & Indian War, but in 1762 he resigned his commission and settled in Pennsylvania. During the American Revolution he served in the expedition to Canada as colonel of a regiment of militia he had raised. He was promoted to Brigadier General and, authorized by George Washington to organize the New Jersey militia, fought in the battles of Trenton and Princeton. After the war, he served as a delegate to Congress (1785-87) and later became the governor of the Northwest Territory.