Description: In 1795, Evert Bancker sent this stampless cover to General Peter Gansevoort on behalf of Gerardus Beekman “with the small Candle money Containing 34 Dollars 97 Cents which he desired to be sent to your care for him, it being for ¼ year interest due the first instant on his money funded to the United States.”
Evert Bancker (1721-1803) was an American merchant and politician who served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly (1779-1783). At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Bancker was chosen to be one of the Committee of One Hundred, a committee of people opposed to the laws of Parliament because they had no representation in it.
Peter Gansevoort (1749-1812) was a Colonel during the American Revolution and was brevetted as a General in 1809. He became famous for leading the resistance against Barry St. Leger’s Siege of Fort Stanwix in 1777. After the war, he returned to his home in Albany, NY and operated the family brewery, expanded his farms, and served as sheriff of Albany County, as well as commissioner of Indian affairs. He was also the maternal grandfather of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.
8 5/8” x 7 ¾”. Item #A01061.
Condition: Fold lines, some soil, paper loss at blank lower margin from wax seal being hastily opened. Overall good condition.