Andrew Oliver Manuscript Autograph Letter Signed July 13 1738 to Brinley Sylvester on Shelter Island

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Andrew Oliver (1706-1774), Manuscript, Autograph Letter Signed, July 13, 1738, to Brinley Sylvester from Boston, to his uncle by marriage about the speed of sea travel  to Newport overnight and onto Boston the following Friday. He visited the Governor of Massachusetts and tried to broker the sale of Sylvester’s bull to the Governor. “Whither it will be Peace or War is as uncertain as ever.” Fine condition. Andrew Oliver is best remembered today as the official charged with carrying out the provisions of the Stamp Act. He married Thomas Hutchinson’s sister-in-law.

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Andrew Oliver (1706-1774), Manuscript, ink on paper. Autograph letter, signed, 7 ½ in x 6 in, dated July 13, 1738, watermarked laid paper, vertical chain lines, first addressed to Brinley Sylvester at Newport, then re-addressed to him at Shelter Island, sent by Wm. Hubbard. There is an annotation by Brinley Sylvester: “Boston 1738 / 13 July ans[were]d 2 Aug[ust] 1738 And[re]w Oliver.”

The letter was written to Brinley Sylvester from Boston, to his uncle by marriage, noting the speed of sea travel  to Newport from Shelter Island overnight and onto Boston the following Friday, referencing the Sylvester family interests in shipping. He visited the Governor of Massachusetts and tried to broker the sale of Brinley Sylvester’s bull to the Governor. Mention of possible armed conflict, presaging the War of Jenkin’s Ear (1739-1748), refers to tensions in Spanish America, where British slave traders needed Spain’s continued asiento contract to sell slaves in Spanish America: “Whither it will be Peace or War is as uncertain as ever.” Fine condition. Andrew Oliver is best remembered today as the official charged with carrying out the provisions of the Stamp Act. He was married to Thomas Hutchinson’s sister-in-law.

Text of the letter:

“Boston 13 July 1738.

Sir,

I wrote to you from Newport. Cap[tai]n Hedges, advising of our arrival there the next morning after we left Shelter Island. I am now further to advise you of our safe arrival to Boston on Friday following where we found all Friends well, but I need not have hurried on acc[oun]t of Cap[tai]n Prince who did not arrive here until yesterday, nor was his passage so long as I expected, being 8 weeks from the Downs. Whither it will be peace or war is as uncertain as ever, for which & other news please to be referred to the inclosed [sic] News Paper of this day. I was yesterday with the Gov[erno]r at his Farm at Milton, & upon seeing his fine cow calf of 3 months old, I mentioned your fine young Bull of 14 mo[nths] upon which he desired me to write to you, to know if you would sell him, he is fond of a large breed of Cattle, & I believe he’d allow you a good price for him; if you would part with him, should be glad you would write me word & at what price, together with the most likely way to send him down. My Wife joins with me in all due respects to yourself & my aunt & Cousin Peggy. I am, y[ou]r most obliged humble servant, And[re]w Oliver.”

 

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Author

Oliver, Andrew Oliver

Title

Autograph Letter Signed, July 13, 1738, written to Brinley Sylvester from Boston.