1799 Autograph Letter Signed by John Wilkes Kittera mentioning his role in the impeachment trial of Founding Father William Blount.
A Lancaster, native, John Wilkes Kittera (1752–1801, was a Princeton graduate, Philadelphia lawyer, district attorney for eastern Pennsylvania, and Congressman. Kittera’s letter notes that he has been “elected a manager on the tryal of William Blunt [sic, Blount], & that case being ordered for a hearing before the Senate, on Thursday, I am obliged to return by the Wednesday’s stage.”
In 1798, the House of Representatives appointed Kittera to be one of the managers of the impeachment proceedings against Founding Father William Blount who was then a Senator. “Blount entered into a conspiracy that sought to join the western Mississippi area with Britain, a party to the Treaty of 1783 guaranteeing navigation of that river. For a U.S. senator to enter into a plan that called for a foreign nation to assume sovereignty over territory belonging to the United States or desired by it was at best ill advised. Senator Blount put his design into a letter that fell into the hands of his opponents and was publicly revealed. He resigned his Senate post to avoid impeachment.” (ANB)
Description: 1799 Autograph Letter Signed by John Wilkes Kittera mentioning his role in the impeachment trial of Founding Father William Blount.
Philadelphia. january 5, 1799. Quarto, 1-page. Small rectangular loss to integral address leaf; very good.