Letter of January 19, 1805


1 p, 7.75"x 12.5",  Regarding settlement of the Estate of Captain Hochstader.


" Grand River  19th Jany 19, 1805.

Dear Sir,

     I have this day rec'd your favor by Mr. Durand, by the hand of Messr. Stuart & Cummings who are now here authorized by letters of administration to take charge of the affairs of the late Capt. Hochstader at whose hands you with no doubt have equal Justice done you with other creditors to the Estate, and as far as my influence will extend a preference which will I presume be more satisfactory than Lands in their quarters would be to you, the effects will if presently managed leave a surplus after paying all the debt if I may judge from present appearances... _

I am yours truly

Jos. Brant

Grand River  15 Jany

1805 "

" Joseph Brant

Grand River   15 Jany

1805 "

".... Messr. Stuart..."  was most likely John Stuart with whom Brant translated the Gospel of Mark into the Mohawk language.  A fine example of a rare holograph by one of the Mohawk's greatest leaders. The document has been professionally repaired on verso, affecting a few words; however, it remains in very good condition and highly desirable with bold signature.



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