Autograph Manuscript Receipt, Signed "Frederick Tracy" for eight barrels of flour from the Continental Store at the "Saw Pitts"

White Plains [NY]: October 23d 1776.

Price: $300.00

About the item

1p., pen and ink on paper, docketed on verso. 8.25 x 3 inches. CONTINENTAL RECEIPT FROM THE SAW PITTS. Fine.

Item #308453

An early receipt of the war, dated “White Plains Oct. 23d, 1776,” and written from the “Saw Pitts,” now Port Chester, NY, six days before the rout of the Continental Army at the Battle of White Plains, reading:

“Rec’d from the Continental Store at the Saw Pitt Pvt Ebenezer Bacon eight barrels of flour - Frederick Tracy”

The son of Joseph Tracy and Ann Hinckley, Frederick Tracy was born in Norwich, Connecticut on August 4, 1749. He married his fourth cousin, Deborah Thomas and they had eight children. Tracy served during the war as assistant to Col. Jeremiah Wadsworth, who at the time this receipt was written, was commissary general for the eastern division of the Continental army and would later be promoted to commissary general for the entire army. After the war, Frederick Tracy returned to his life as a successful merchant and mariner. He died in Cape Francais (now Cap Haitian), Haiti, where he had established a mercantile firm, on June 21, 1803, during the last desperate months of the Haitian Revolution.