at Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts. For many years the top
historians, such as Professor John Fiske (1842-1901), said the
British Major John Pitcairn fired the "SHOT HEARD 'ROUND
THE WORLD" - the beginning of the war. His horse was shot, he fell
off as it bolted to the enemy side and carried Pitcairn's classy John
Murdoch (Scottish) Pistols with it.
The pistols were presented, in June, at Bunker Hill to General
Israel Putnam who carried & used them throughout the war.
On September 29th 1835 Mr. John P. Putnam showed the
pistols to Aaron Burr (Gen. Israel Putnam's aid-de-camp) along
with an handwritten certification letter. Aaron Burr signed this "A BURR"
and was witnessed by Alexander Tuttle.WE HAVE THIS
ORIGINAL LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY. The letter must
have been placed into a book for many years as it has
been folded. This is an eye-witness account & has been
signed by Aaron Burr just months before he died. My wife
and I have an authentication from an handwriting expert
who has nearly 40yrs. experience in the manuscript
business. ...... If you are interested in acquiring this, tell
me that you have a buyer and do make an offer.
If I don't sell it, we shallcontinue to have a fine display
of memorabilia.I believe that on September 29th, 1835,
Mr. John P. Putnamknew a visit to Aaron Burr was immediately
important if therewas ever going to be written proof of the identity
of the pistols.Burr was immobile with a stroke in 1834. "A BURR"
was likelythe most Aaron was expected to write. He died Sept. 14,
1836after another stroke.
It is truly unfortunate that the letter may have been folded, put
into a book & sold into the hands of a person who never knew
its historical importance and never cared enough to find out.
Such a document, with the great impossibility of the find, should
be very valuable.
The STEEL-MOUNTED PISTOLS are in the Hancock-Clarke
House at Lexington, Massachusetts.
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