Six-page autograph manuscript, signed "CL" being an autobiographical sketch. Christopher Lippitt.
Six-page autograph manuscript, signed "CL" being an autobiographical sketch

Six-page autograph manuscript, signed "CL" being an autobiographical sketch

[Cranston?]: September 4, 1822. Three leaves torn from a notebook (each approx. 5" x 8"), watermarked paper, in ink and quite legible. A first (?) draft of the original autobiography of Christopher Lippitt, given by him to the Rhode Island Historical Society at its inception in 1822. The autobiographical sketch is likely the original draft of the one presented to the Rhode Island Historical Society at their general request for such items in 1822. Interestingly,  Benjamin Cowell, in his Spirit of '76 in Rhode Island published in 1850, wrote: "A few hours ago we had an autobiographical sketch of Col. Lippitt put into our hands, which he had prepared at the request of some of his relatives, written in his plain and unostentatious style, commencing with his early life. This sketch we were obliged to part with, and to use as evidence after his death in the prosecution of some claims of his family on government, on account of his military services in the Revolutionary war. We regret this, as this sketch would have been very interesting to our readers." (Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society, 1872, p. 303). That said, the RIHS claims accession #1823.5 [Lippitt Family Papers Mss 538] to be the Christopher Lippitt Memoir and currently states on their website that "The 1822 Christopher Lippitt memoir is the earliest known manuscript donation to the RIHS that can still be identified in the collection." So, somehow, they must had reacquired either it or a copy. Item #57066

Price: $750.00

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