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Escorting The Minister of France to a Historic Ball in Philadelphia to Meet George Washington & Rochambeau
July 13, 1782-Dated, Manuscript Document Signed, "Lt. William Henry," Philadelphia (PA), Fine.
This historic, original Revolutionary War date Document was apparently written by Lt. William Henry, being address to "Captain Andrew Burkart Esq." Philadelphia Militia, giving instructions on what to do in preparation for escorting the Minister of France to a Ball in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1782, in honor of the birth of the Dauphin of France. It measures 16" x 13" and folds to an envelope size of 6" x 3.5". This historic document reads, in full:

"Philada - July 13, 1782 - Sir

By Order of His Excellency the President Wm. Moore Esqr. you are to March your Guard of Forty Militia Men before The House of His Excellency The Minister of France precisely at Four O'Clock On Monday Next the 15th Instant P.M. there to dispose of Them in the following Manner -

first. Four Men upon the Square, Opposite the Ministers House to take care of the Illumination and Lamps. Sec'd. Twelve Men around the yard of the Minister to prevent people from getting over the Fences. 3rdly. One Centinel the Cornor of Chesnut and Fifth Street to Order the Arriving Carriages to pass up Chesnut Street and return by Market Street. 4thly. One Centinel at the Cornor of fifth in Market Street to Order the Arriving Carriages to pass down Fifth Street & up Chesnut Street. 5thly. One Centinel at the Cornor of Sixth in Market Street to Order the Arriving Carriages to pass down Market & fifth Street and up Chestnut Street. 6thly. Those Men who are not upon Duty, are to be under the Scaffold and when the Firework begins they must stand in Arms Round it to keep the people in Order.

General Rule for the Carriages all Carriages shall arrive by no other Street but Chesnut Street and they Shall Return by Market Street. N3 those who have Orders to wait for their Masters are to stand in the Opening before the State House in Chestnut Street, and the Centinel who is Stationed at the Cornor of Fifth & Chestnut Street is to Observe this Rule.

If any farther orders or any alteration should be made By His Excellency the French Minister, Or any of his aids you'll please to Complie with the Same - I am with due Respect - Sir - Your humble Serv.t - Wm. Henry Lt."

Below is an extract from the: "Itinerary of General Washington, 1782"

SUNDAY, JULY 14.

At Philadelphia: "On Sunday last (July 14) his Excellency Gen. Washington with his suite arrived in this city (Philadelphia) from the northward, and on Saturday gen. count Rochambeau from Virginia." - (Freeman's Journal, July 17th).

MONDAY, JULY 15.

At Philadelphia: "Last Monday His Excellency the minister of France celebrated the birth of Monsigneur the Dauphin. In the evening there was a concert of musick in a room erected for that purpose. The concert finished at nine o'clock, when the fireworks began, and at the same time began a very brilliant ball; this was followed by a supper. The presence of His Excellency General Washington and Count Bochambeau rendered the entertainment as compleat as could possibly be wished." - (Pennsylvania Packet, July I8th).

"July 15, 1782. Great doings this evening at ye French Ambassadors (who lives at John Dickinson's House up Chestnut St.)"on account of ya Birth of ye Dauphin of France"feasting, fireworks, &c. for which they have been preparing for some weeks." - (Journal of Elizabeth Drinker).

It further notes that: "At the conference held this day between the two commanders, it was agreed that so long as the French troops had been put under marching orders for the north, they should remain a few days at Baltimore, which place it was expected they would reach before the end of the month, till further instructions or intelligence should be received; and that, unless special reasons might appear to the contrary, the army should continue its march northwardly and join the American forces on the Hudson."

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