"THE COMPANY WILL REQUIRE FOR FORTY PUTAWATOMIS SIXTY POUNDS OF MEAT & FLOUR & TWO GALLONS OF WHISKY": AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON: AS AIDE-DE-CAMP TO GENERAL ANTHONY WAYNE, YOUNG LIEUTENANT WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ORDERS FOOD AND WHISKY FOR THE POTAWATOMI INDIANS, 1795
HARRISON, William Henry. Autograph document signed. Fort Greenville, June 17, 1795. Partial leaf of unlined paper, measuring 9 by 4 inches. $2600.
Autograph document ordering food and whisky for a Native American tribe at the behest of General Anthony Wayne, written, signed, and initialed by then-lieutenant and future president William Henry Harrison.
The document reads: "Head Quarters Greeneville 17th June 1795. The commpany will require for forty Putawatomis sixty pounds of meat & flour & two gallons of whisky-Wm. H. Harrison. a de-camp. Add an half gallon of whisky to the above-Wm H. H." In 1795, 22 year old William Henry Harrison was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving as aide-de-camp to General Anthony Wayne at Fort Greenville (now Greenville, Ohio). Harrison participated in The Battle of Fallen Timbers, the final battle of the Northwest Indian Wars. The Treaty of Greenville in August 1795 formally ended the war and acquired for the United States much of modern-day Ohio, as well as Detroit and Chicago. Amongst the tribes signing the treaty were the Potawatomi. Ultimately, Harrison was to become a political leader in these territories, culminating in his election as president in 1840—a term that lasted 31 days and ended in his untimely death. Docketed in secretarial hand on verso.
A fine example of Harrison's writing and signature from the beginning of his distinguished career.