Revolutionary War

Important Revolutionary War Doc, Hamilton's 2nd in Command & Philip Livingston receive funds for election

Important Revolutionary War Document, Hamilton's 2nd in Command & Philip Livingston receive funds for election


Three documents from Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County, New York, including receipt of Comfort Sands, October 7, 1779, 1 p., 7.5" x 5.25"; order of Comfort Sands to Major Hofman, March 13, 1780, 1 p., 7.75" x 4"; and return of Dutchess County members of the General Assembly, May 29, 1793, 1 p., 7.75" x 11",  expected folds. Otherwise, very good.



“Recd of William Duer Esqr James Duane, Receipt Dated July 31: 1777. for Thirteen Hundred & Two Dollars, also Philip Livingston Rect for Nine Hundred & Seventy Six Dollars of the same paid, both Sums pd them on Acct there Services in [Caryg? also Jonathan Landon Receipt for Six Hundred pounds, being so much money advanced by the States to Wm Duer as one of the Committe that went into WChester County

                                                                        “Comfort Sands”


“pay Israel Lewis One Hundred & Two pounds 8/2, the Amt of the Amend Acct

                                                                        “Comfort Sands Aud Genl

“To Major Hofman / March 13. 1780”


“We the Subscribers being a majority of the Supervisors for said County and Authorised to canvass and estimate the votes for members of Assembly for the said County, Do Certify that John DeWitt Jacob Radclift, David Brooks Samuel A Barker Jesse Oakley Isaac Van Wyck and Jacob Bockee are elected members of Assembly for the County of Dutchess the ensuing year.”


As New York Auditor-General from 1776 to 1782, Comfort Sands had to approve the payment of many debts accrued by the State of New York in the Revolutionary War. These documents reflect a part of that process.


The third document illustrates the early years of representative government in New York State, when county supervisors counted the votes for members of the New York State Assembly. Dutchess County was entitled to seven seats, the same number as represented the City and County of Albany, and the City and County of New York.


Comfort Sands (1748-1834) was born in Long Island, New York, and worked in Manhattan as a clerk. By 1776, he had become a wealthy merchant. During the Revolutionary War, Sands served in the New York Provincial Congress. In 1776, he was appointed as the first New York State Auditor-General, a position he held until 1782. In 1783, he and his brother formed a partnership to engage in trade and land speculation. In 1784, Sands became one of the founders and first directors of the Bank of New York. He represented New York County in the New York State Assembly in 1784-1785 and 1788-1789. He was married twice and had eighteen children.


William Duer (1743-1799) was born in Great Britain and educated at Eton. He was put into the army as an ensign and traveled to India, but his health forced him to return to England. After his father died, he left the army, went to Antigua, and traveled from there to New York in 1768. Philip Schuyler convinced him to move to New York in the early 1770s, where he engaged in lumber production. Initially reluctant to oppose the British, Duer became a member of the Provincial Congress in 1775, helped draft the New York Constitution in 1776, and served in the New York Senate in 1777-1778 and in the Continental Congress in 1778 and 1779. He helped supply the American army. When Alexander Hamilton became the first Secretary of the Treasury in 1789, Duer became the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. His speculations led him into bankruptcy after the Panic of 1792, and he remained in debtor’s prison for the rest of his life.



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