Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 36

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1782.) Fish, Nicholas. An American officer sends news of the impending peace. Letter Signed as Major in the Continental Army to Henry Glen in Schenectady, NY. 3 pages, 8 x 6 1/2 inches, plus integral address panel, on one folding sheet; seal tear on final blank, minor wear. (MRS) Headquarters [West Point, NY?], 15 February [1782]

Additional Details

Nicholas Fish (1758-1833) was a veteran officer who had participated in raids against Indians and fought at Saratoga, Monmouth, and Yorktown. He wrote to a friend: "The idea of peace is now unanimously embraced, and indeed the King's speech to his Parliament places it beyond a doubt. This you have probably not yet seen, nor have I had it in my power to procure you one. . . . He had consented to the independence of the United States of America, and had authorized his minister at Paris to ratify the same." Provenance: sold by Joseph Rubinfine to the consignor, November 1996.