[Newport RI ?]: 1747. Single sheet, holograph writing to one side, address to recto. Now framed between two pieces of glass, so visible from either side. Typed caption underneath recto & verso. Frame: 14" x 16-7/8". Letter: 7-3/8" x 10-1/8". Modern wooden frame, with gold fillet. Frame with only light wear: Nr Fine. Writing clear & legible. Seal remnants under address. Overall, letter with age-toning, fold lines, ink burn-through in the "T" of "To" in the address, Very Good. Item #48145
"William Vernon, of Newport, Rhode Island, was a New England trader who played a leading role in the Continental Congress' maritime activities during the American Revolution. As president of the Eastern Navy Board during the Revolution, he was responsible for building and outfitting the ships of the Continental Navy."
Here, this letter obviously from a friend, inquiring as to divers matters of the mundane: "Sir, I hope you are safe arrived. My love to my bro[ther], Tom Ward. Poor [Capt.] Beard is taken & carried to the Cape. Inclosed [sic] is a letter rec'd from So Carolina. Pray let me have what news ye peace affords, who are yrs &c. John Wright. Aug 3 1747"
A nice momento from the colonial days, decades before the American Revolution.