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Bourne, Benjamin

Benjamin Bourne - Congressman from Rhode Island and Judge. ALS, one page 4to, Providence, July 23, 1792. Bourne introduces Archibald Munro of Bristol Rhode Island to the merchant Welcome Arnold for a possible business deal. He attests to Munro's character and financial ability to stand behind a deal. Bourne was Rhode Island's first member of Congress and writes the letter in his first full year as Congressman. He would go on to be appointed a federal judge by George Washington and later by John Adams as the first Judge in the newly created First Circuit Court. Arnold was a prominent businessman who had been active in the Revolution, especially owning or financing privateers. The letter is in generally fine well-preserved condition with some scattered soiling and dockets on the reverse panel, also addressed in Bourne's hand.

Sir,/ The bearer Mr. Archibald Munro/ of Bristol I have known for many/ years, he has uniformly sustained the/ character of an honest industrious &/ punctual man and possesses considerable/ property, the earnings of his industry/ & I have no doubt of his fulfilling/ any bargain he shall make with you./ I am with respect/your obed sert/ B. Bourne/ Providence/ July 23 1792./ Welcome Arnold Esq