Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 44

Price Realized: $ 1,430
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1781.) The deaths of John Andre and Nathan Hale contrasted, in an issue of the Connecticut Courant. 4 pages, 13½ x 9½ inches, on one folding sheet; disbound, minor foxing and dampstaining. Hartford, CT: Hudson & Goodwin, 29 May 1781

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The lead article, reprinted from the Boston Chronicle, discusses the honorable deaths of executed spies Nathan Hale and John Andre by the opposing armies. "America has not only produced great military characters, but exhibited many striking instances of humanity and generosity in the present war. Among the last we may place the treatment given to Major Andre, a British spy; who came within our works with a design to ruin our country. Justice was indeed executed, and Andre died: But justice was executed with humanity, and every alleviation afforded him that the public safety would allow." It recalls Nathan Hale's last words: "My only regret is, that I have not more lives than one to offer." It concludes: "Let justice be done to the character both of the Briton and the American, and to the behaviour of their respective nations, upon this and similar occasions."