NEW YORK CITY DUEL. Manuscript Depositions, 3 pp recto and verso,

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NEW YORK CITY DUEL.
Manuscript Depositions, 3 pp recto and verso,

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NEW YORK CITY DUEL.
Manuscript Depositions, 3 pp recto and verso, legal folio, New York, July 3, 1749, signed by SIMON JOHNSON as Justice of the Peace, some tape repair to folds of second leaf, tiny tears near fold of first, hinged to modern paper, near fine.

A DUEL OVER THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR FOUGHT BY A LATER NYC ALDERMAN AND LOYALIST. Describes in detail the duel between Oliver De Lancey (1718–1785) and Dr. Alexander Colhoun. De Lancey was speaking badly of Governor George Clinton—calling him "a Damned Rogue, a Damn'd shifting fellow & the worst Govr"—while drunk at Ramsey's tavern. Dr. Calhoun demanded better manners and a duel ensued at De Lancey's home in which Calhoun was stabbed but not killed. The two depositions on this document are by John Marshall, a witness to the duel, and by Alexander Colhoun.
Oliver De Lancey was the younger brother of James De Lancey, who had been appointed Lieutenant Governor of New York by the King but whose commission was withheld by Governor Clinton for 6 years. The feud began over a dispute about Clinton's salary. Oliver De Lancey would later serve as a New York alderman for the Out Ward and a member of the New York assembly.
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