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      Sale 2241 | Lot 43
      Price Realized: $510With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2241 Lot 43

        "WE SHALL HAVE FEW OR NO SOLDIERS IN A VERY LITTLE TIME" (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Buss, John. Letter to parents from camp at West Point. Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 12 x 8 inches, in poor condition with slight loss and early repairs, laid down on mat board, still entirely legible. West Point, NY, April [1779?]
        Estimate $300-400

        Morale was low for this corporal from Leominster, MA. In this letter to his parents, Buss writes in part: "Leominster men are all well that is here. Levi Blood and Thomas Robbins is on command down below Tarrytown. It is a difficult time in camp with soldiers for there is nothing can be purchised without a great deal of money, and so by reson that our wages is so small, we can git but very little or nothing for our service. It's my full opinion that if there don't come a turn of time soon in our favour, that we shall have few or no soldiers in a very little time." Buss and his two friends mentioned here served in Capt. William Warner's company of Marshall's Massachusetts regiment. Robbins was discharged in March of 1780.

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $510