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1787 autograph letter signed by John Gunby, American Revolution Brigadier-General from Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland.
1787 autograph letter signed by John Gunby, American Revolution Brigadier-General from Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland.

1787 autograph letter signed by John Gunby, American Revolution Brigadier-General from Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland.


John Gunby (ca. 1727–1791), son of Kirk Gunby, married Sarah Melton (d. 1798) in 1756 in Somerset County. He became a Brigadier-General during the American Revolution, and he was likely related to General John Gunby of the Maryland Line, who was also from Somerset County. John Gunby was a prisoner of war at some point during the conflict. His branch of the Gunby line had been in Somerset County since early 1700s. (Timothy Jane Wilson)

In this post-war letter, Gunby writes from his Somerset County home. Gunby’s letter discusses the delivery of a final shipment of sugar staves, a pending contract, and financial matters related to the staves’ payment. He also raises concerns about a previous charge for gunpowder and shot, and requests additional supplies for Captain Holland, including canvas. Addressed to a Mr. Gilmore, the letter reads, in full: “Rehoboth [Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland] the 5th Novbr. 1787 Sir, Mr. Holland will Deliver the Last of the Sugar Staves [wooden pieces or slats used in the construction of barrels or casks, particularly for storing and transporting sugar] that I could get. I hope the Sloop will be with you in time, nothing have been omited on my part towards forwarding the Lumber on our late Contract—It not being conveniant for me to attend you at this time request you would send pr. Capt. Holland one hundred Pounds towards paying the Stave [indistinct word], the balance to remain in your hands untill the return of the Vessel, also to inform me what deduction you think is right when Dressing[?] the first load of Staves you recv’d. Last Octor. Twelve Month you Charg’d me with 2 Brs. [barrels] Gunpowder and [indistinct words] shott that I never got. You’d oblige me in sending pr. Cap’t Holland this trip, the same quantity of Gun Powder with a propotion [proportion of] Shott.high Brister, & Landon [London?] Drop. Capt. Holland have Direction for 2 pr. Russia Duck wide, if you have such canvis [canvas] and it suits him, be pleased to Charge the Same to my acct. I am sir your very obdt. Humble Servant —J. Gunby.”


Description: 1787 autograph letter signed by John Gunby, American Revolution Brigadier-General from Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland.

[Rehoboth {Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland}, November 5, 1787]. 1½ pages. 8¼ x 6¾ inches. 200 words. Laid paper. Transmittal folds; very good.

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Refs. Wise, Matthew. The Boston Family (1988), pp394–395. For General John Gunby, consult A.A., Colonel John Gunby of the Maryland line: being some account of his contribution to American liberty (1902).


Price: $450.00

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