AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED by Revolutionary War hero CAPTAIN CORNELIUS VANDERVEER, witnessed by his son GARRET and also signed by his other son JOHN C. VANDERVEER from whom he was securing a loan.


- Over 80 words penned on 7-1/8 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide creamy white paper promising to repay a loan received from his son John C. Vanderveer, signed by Cornelius Vanderveer on the "2nd day of April 1803" and witnessed by his son Garret Vanderveer, with Garret's signature. "I promise to pay unto John C. Vanderveer on order the Sum of Eighty three dollars & thirty three cents with lawful interest for the same, as soon I shall receive the same or any part thereof from [Israel?] Wood of New York...." The document is annotated and signed by John C. Vanderveer as having received the full sum from Cornelius Vanderveer's executors on September 6th, 1804, Cornelius having died in February of 1804. There is an additional 2 line annotation on the verso. A word deliberately inked out by Cornelius Vanderveer is smudged. Folded horizontally and vertically with tiny chips to the edges of the horizontal folds. The ample bottom edge of the document is roughly cut. Good. Two days before the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776 (also known as the Battle of Brooklyn Heights), the first major battle of the revolutionary war to be fought after the declaration of independence on July 4, Captain Cornelius Vanderveer (d. 1804) and the burghers of Flatbush fought the British, only to be repulsed. After the skirmish, Vanderveer, who had sent his family to New Jersey, returned to his home accompanied by his slave Adam only to find that British troops now occupied it. He was still attired in his uniform when he came across a Hessian sentinel and was captured. At the last minute, as British troops placed a noose around his neck intending to hang him, Captain Miller, a British officer he had known before the war, interceded and had him sent to Lord Cornwallis. He was sent to New Utrecht to face trial before Captain Cuyler. There he was offered a letter of protection under Cornwallis if he would return home and not take up arms against the British. Although he lived up to the spirit of that agreement, Vanderveer secretly helped the American cause by lending Governor Clinton money so that New York could continue its war against the British. It is said that he'd buried his receipt from Governor Clinton in a bottle near his barn to hide it from the British during the war and that, when he finally recovered it, the text had faded away and only the signatures were still legible. He was nonetheless repaid. In 1787 Cornelius Vanderveer built a house for his son Garret (1765-1847) on the east side of the highway running through Flatbush. The home was located not very far from the Flatlands boundary line. John C. Vanderveer built the first windmill to be erected on Long Island. The 1863 New York City Draft Riots by working class white residents soon turned into a race riot with white residents attacking and killing several African-Americans. Concerned that the violence would spill over, Flatbush's African-American community took refuge in Vanderveer's windmill.

Title: AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED by Revolutionary War hero CAPTAIN CORNELIUS VANDERVEER, witnessed by his son GARRET and also signed by his other son JOHN C. VANDERVEER from whom he was securing a loan.

Author Name: Vanderveer, Captain Cornelius (d. 1804). Revolutionary War hero who fought the British in Flatbush 2 days before the battle of Long Island and was nearly hanged after his capture.

Categories: Americana,

Publisher: April 2nd, 1803.: 1803.

Book Condition: Good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 95120

Keywords: AMERICANA; AMERICAN REVOLUTION; REVOLUTIONARY WAR; HISTORY; CAPTAIN CORNELIUS VANDERVEER; FOUGHT THE BRITISH AT FLATBUSH; BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND; BATTLE OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS; AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED; SIGNATURE; LOAN; PROMISSORY NOTE; FUNDED NEW YORK'S