Autograph Letter, Signed, "Peter Freneau," to John Covenhoven of Freehold, New Jersey, written during the Revolutionary War period


Autograph Letter, Signed, "Peter Freneau," to John Covenhoven of Freehold, New Jersey, written during the Revolutionary War period.

Philadelphia: May 13th 1780.

2 pp. pen and ink on paper. 8vo. THE OTHER FRENEAU. Old folds with several perforations, portion of last leaf missing, with no loss to text, else Vg. Item #260547

A letter complaining bitterly of compensation recieved for a horse. Reading in part: "I am informed that you have recd. £50 for the Horse that I lost in Mr. Budinot's service, this sum is so far from making me any satisfaction that I am determined not to take it, the Horse cost me upwards of of £20 in Specie, I think it is just that I should have more than £50 Continentals which at the present Exchange is only 16/8 a very Small Compensation for lying out of my property upwards of two years... inform Mr. Budinot that I had rather Loose the horse than take a mere Shaddow in pay for him."

Born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in 1757 Peter Freneau set out for Charleston, South Carolina 1782, and would remain a South Carolinian until his death. Politician, printer, newspaper founder and editor, land speculator, ship owner, slave trader, and Jeffersonian champion, Freneau served as South Carolina’s secretary of state from 1787 to 1795. As editor of the influential, Carolina Gazette, Freneau was the “voice of Republicanism in South Carolina” and played a key role in securing the state for Jefferson in the brutally contested presidential election of 1800. In 1806, Freneau was elected to the the state House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1808, but resigned to accept an appointment by Jefferson as commissioner of loans for South Carolina. Plagued by finical reverses, he died in Charleston, in 1813. Overshadowed in history by his older brother, Philip, “the Poet of the American Revolution,” Richard B. Davis and Milledge B. Seigler wrote in the Journal of Southern History (Vol.13, no. 3, August 1947) that “Seldom has oblivion swallowed a man of powerful intellect and political stature as completely as it has Peter Freneau…”

Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) was Commissary General of Prisoners from 1777-1778, a member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress, and then a delegate to the Continental Congress. He left congress in 1795 and was appointed as Director of the US Mint by George Washington.

John Covenhoven (b.1734) of Freehold, N.J., was a colonel in the milita, Vice-President of the Provincial Congress and served in the general assembly from 1781 to 1782.

This letter was published in the Appendix to Mary Austin's 1901 biography of Philip Freneau, with a note that it was in the possession of W. Jay Mills, author of "Historic Houses of New Jersey."

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