Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 50

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Group of 18 letters relating to the Revolution. Various sizes and conditions. (MRS) Vp, 1775-82

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D. Major to merchant Mark Alexander, complaining that "the present uncertain unhappy commotions in America renders it discouraging adventureing there." Kingston, Jamaica, 8 August 1775 Charles Smith to Colonel John Baker in Ipswich, MA, objecting to his militia men being sent to the Virginia while "we are so often alarmed and even now there being a number of ships in the bay." Gloucester, MA, 16 December 1775 William Wyer to unidentified friend, describing efforts to get insurance for his mercantile voyage to the West Indies despite concerns that "the vessell may be chased by the enimies crusers and by that means run on shore & lost." Newburyport, MA, 10 August 1776 Eliphalet Bulkeley to Thomas Seymour and Oliver Ellsworth, requesting pay as soldier; partly burned. New London, CT, 4 September 1776 Thomas Carr to Captain Rice, asking him to seek information on Ephraim Carr, who may have joined the Army, "as you go through Benneton" (Bennington?). Np, [1776?] General John Burgoyne to Colonel Skene. contemporary transcript of a letter from the Saratoga Campaign. Fort Edward, NY, 10 August 1777 Captain Robert Collins to Colonel Josiah Bartlett, forwarding a list of 12 soldiers "tords our cotta on continl men." Sandown, NH, 6 February 1778 Notice that "you are drafted to serve as a soldier to guard the prisoners and public stores" in Cambridge. No author or recipient. Sudbury, MA, 24 July 1778 James Sinclair to William Sinclair, 10th Earl of Caithness, informing that his Loyalist regiment was being sent to Pensacola, passing on rumors from Canada and Georgia, and hoping for a British army posting. New York, 10 January 1779 Abraham Skinner to Lewis Pintard of New York, regarding the return of prisoner Major William Dark to captivity. Prisoner's Officer, 29 February 1779 [sic] Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Safford to Colonel Yates, concerning carpentry work on his fort. Fort George, NY, 3 May 1779 William Graham to Lord George Germain, British Secretary of State, seeking employment after having left a mercantile career in America at the outset of the war. London, 15 September 1779 William Munday to Sergeant Van Vechten, requesting "provender for yesterday and today agreeable to Coll. Cortlandt's order." Np, 4 November 1779 British official John Smith (contemporary transcript) forwarding orders from Major General William Tryon ordering wood to be "cut off rebel land," and that troops in Queens County be supplied with fuel; worn. New York, 24 November 1779 G. Badcock to commissary officer Ebenezer Foot, on delivery of cattle to West Point. Np, [1779] Colonel Zabdiel Rogers to captain Elijah Backus, ordering militia troops to march out of state; "tis supposed their destination will be some part of Rhode Island." Norwich, CT, 29 July 1780 Joshua Huntington to Thomas Mumford, concerning a tax resolve passed by the Connecticut Council of Safety. Norwich, CT, 15 August 1781 Jonathan Hopkins as Deputy Commissary General of Prisoners, to David Sproat or H. Turnbull, stating that the bearer Nathaniel Haven could be exchanged for a British officer of equal rank. Boston, 20 July 1782.