Top state officials said Tuesday that it was written by Alexander Hamilton, the founding father, during the Revolutionary War and is believed to have been stolen from Massachusetts state archives decades ago.
Commonwealth Secretary William Gallon praised the repatriation following last week’s decision in Boston. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Upheld the earlier decision of the District Court Judge.
According to the court decision, the letter was preserved between 1938 and 1945 by a “kleptomaniacal cataloguer” working in the archives.
Hamilton wrote the letter to Marquis de Lafitte, a French aristocrat who served as a general in the Continental Army. On July 21, 1780, as a result of this letter, Massachusetts sent troops to Rhode Island “to strengthen the French forces.” Court of Appeal Wrote.
Galvin, whose office archives and Commonwealth Museum.He said he was happy. The court “This historic treasure belongs to the people,” he said. Gallon said the letter is expected to be presented at the museum for special events, including the annual Independence Day celebrations.
The letter from Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, whose profile has been enhanced by the hit Broadway musical, details the movement of British troops.
“We have just received advice from New York through various channels that the enemy is making a voyage that is endangering the French navy and army,” Hamilton wrote to de Lafayette. “Fifty transporters are said to have taken to the streets to pick up troops and head straight for Rhode Island.”
It has been signed. Most Obedt, A. Hamilton, Aide de Camp.
The cataloguer who allegedly stole the letter was eventually arrested, but was thought to have stolen several rare documents, some of which were sold to dealers across the United States.
The letter came to light several years ago when an auction house in Virginia received it from a family who wanted to sell it. The letter was in the possession of a relative who died.
The auction house, which estimated that the letter could sell for 35,000, determined it had been stolen and contacted the FBI.
The property of the person holding the letter claimed to have been purchased legally, but Court of Appeal Disagree with the State Representative An email was left asking for comment.
As the original paper Commonwealth And in 1780, the letter is owned. Commonwealth“It could not be legally separated from any third party … before or after the letter,” the ruling said. Commonwealth. ”