Hardcover. Good. Folio, 158 pages of account entries, plus blanks , half leather, paper backed boards, red leather spine label, lacks front board, first signature loose, rear board worn at edges, corners, spine chipped and worn, otherwise entries good, written in ink, in a legible hand, about twenty different accounts all dated from 10 April 1802 to 24 July 1824. This account ledger appears to have been used for various functions with over twenty different accounts kept in it.General John McLean (1755-1821) was an American patriot, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and a long time Commissary General for the State of New York. He served in the Revolution with New York's Fifth Regiment under Capt. Alexander McArthur, his wife's cousin. During the Revolution, in 1782, a portion of the American army, consisting of a part of the Virginia line and some others, were encamped on the farm about one mile north of the village of Walden (NY), and on the north bank of the Tinn Brock, then known as the Wilemantown farm. The forces, a portion of the army at New Windsor, wintered at the place to protect a number of baggage-wagons, cannon and other munitions of war, sent for safety in the country during the winter. In October 1782, John McLean was sent as a special messenger from this encampment to the commander-in-chief at Newburgh on some important business, when he was waylaid, seized, tied to a tree, had his horse stolen, and left to the mercy of accident, to be relieved by the first neighbor that came upon him the next morning. This incident no doubt, together with his friendship with New York's Clinton family, soon after the war helped to contribute to aid the political preferment of McLean as Commissary General. The individuals who perpetrated this outrage on McLean at the time were suspected to be some of the gang of Claudius Smith, who was executed, but whose band of brigands was still marauding in the area. John McLean is listed as a Captain and the Commandant of the Veteran Corps of Artillery for the State of New York for 1809 to 1813. He helped to organize this group along more formal lines then previous enterprises. They were an Artillery Corps of Exempts, all veterans of Revolutionary War, over 45 years of age, and not liable for compulsory militia duty. They were equipped with brass 12 pounders and recognized by Governor Tompkins. The corps comprised veterans in the counties of New York, Westchester, Kings, and Richmond. Various government records available online, show that McLean's accounts were examined and audited for expenses and services performed by him under the directions of Ebenezer Stevens, relative to the arsenal, military stores and artillery in the city of New York in 1801. McLean is earlier found in 1799-1800 as a First Lieutenant under Brigadier-General Ebenezer Stevens, in Steven's regiment of artillery for New York City. He was still under Stevens at another accounting in 1808. Contemporary newspapers of the day print McLean's death notice, "New York City, Gen. John McLean, a revolutionary patriot, aged 66,"" which gives us McLean's death year (1821) and approximate year of birth (1755). General John McLean was the son of John McLean (1724-?) and Margaret Robinson (1727-?). His father was an early settler of Blooming Grove, New York. McLean was born in Scotland. In 1779 he was said to be a ""tentmate"" of James Monroe. He married Ann Burnet (1764-1827) at New Windsor Presbyterian Church on 20 Jan 1784, at New Windsor, New York. Together the couple had eleven children. About 1790, McLean became the Commissary of the State of New York. He is said to have been an intimate friend of Vice President and Governor George Clinton. McLean died on 28 Feb 1821, at Newburgh, Orange County, New York and was buried at the Old Town Cemetery. Mrs. McLean joined her husband at Old Town Cemetery after she died on 15 July 1827. As the list above of the various accounts in the ledger shows, McLean (Inventory #: 029816)
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