A letter was written in 1780 by Alexander Hamilton to Marquis de Lafayette going to be displayed on 4th July. The letter was stolen from Massachusetts states decades ago.
The letter will be displayed in Massachusetts along with the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. For the first time, the public will view the historical letter after it was returned after a long court battle.
A statement was made from the office of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin started that The letter will be the featured piece at the Commonwealth Museum’s annual July Fourth exhibit.
The letter opens with “My Dear Marquis,” dated July 21, 1780, written to Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who served as a general in the French Continental Army. The letter was a warning of a forthcoming threat from the British to French troops in Rhode Island.
We have just received advice from New York through different channels that the enemy are making embarkation with which they menace the French fleet and army,” Hamilton also wrote. “Fans of transport ports are said to have gone up the Sound to take in troops and proceed directly to Rhode Island.”It’s signed by Hamilton “Yr. Most Obedt, A. Hamilton, Aide de Camp.”
A state Archive worker stole the historic letter during World War 2 along with other historical documents. Later the worker was arrested but by then he already sold all documents to rare document dealers across the country. The letter was sold to R.E. Crane by a New York-based rare document dealer.
The letter was found in 2018 after the death of Crane’s Grandson. His family wanted to sell the letter along with other rare, historic documents to an auction house in Virginia. Curators estimated the letter price would be worth $35000 or more. The auction house found that the letter is a precious one and was missing for more than half a decade. They contacted the FBI. The government ordered the state to forfeit the letter but the family argued that government has no claim on it. In October 2021 Federal court concluded with it belonged to the United States of America.