Military Appointment Signed by John Langdon and John Taylor Gilman, New Hampshire Governors & Continental Congress
Appointment, 12 x 14.5 in., Sept. 15, 1810, [Concord]. For John McDonald as Captain of the 11th Company in the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Militia. Just in time for the "Second Revolution." Signed by John Langdon as Governor, Samuel Sparhawk as Secretary of State. Along the side is a separate note stating that John McDonald requested permission to resign his commission, accepted by J.T. Gilman (John Taylor) as head of the militia.
John Langdon (1741-1819) was born in Portsmouth (NH) to a prosperous farmer. He eventually became a merchant with great success. A supporter of the Revolution, participating in actions against the British (seizure of munitions in Portsmouth) and becoming a shipbuilder, especially constructing privateers for naval operations against the British. He was a member of the New Hampshire Assembly and member of the Continental Congress (17756-1776). He was a signer of the Constitution and became the first President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1789 [Apr. - Aug.], 1792-1793). He served four terms as Governor of the State (1785-86, 1788-89, 1805-09, and 1810-12). He was nominated for the position of Vice President on the ticket with James Madison (1812), but declined. Langdon is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
The note accepting McDonald's resignation is signed by John Taylor Gilman (1753-1828). He also represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress (1782-1783) and was Governor of New Hampshire for nearly a decade and a half (1794-1805, 1813-1816). Born in Exeter, he also was a supporter of the Revolution, having the courage to read aloud a copy of the Dunlap broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence when it arrived July 16, 1776 (and act of treason in British eyes). He became a "Minuteman" and worked in the family shipbuilding business. Later he became a member of the state House of Representatives and held other state positions (State Treasurer, trustee of Dartmouth College, etc.). Although he did not hold as many national-level offices as Langdon, he was very influential in early New Hampshire politics.
Overall toning with scattered foxing. Folds as expected. Seal intact. Signatures and all ink still dark and readable.