Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1782.) Hull, William. A colonel struggles to obtain hats for his regiment. Autograph Letter Signed as colonel of the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment to Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln. 3 pages, 9 1/4 x 7 inches, on one folding sheet, plus address panel and docketing on final blank (no postal markings); moderate foxing, paper repair to seal tear. (MRS) Camp Nelson's Point, NY, 30 August 1782

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"When I was in Boston, I received a letter from Colo. Greaton . . . urging me in the most pressing terms to procure five hundred hats for the Third Mass'tts Reg't and assuring me the money should be paid in a very few weeks. My zeal to serve the reg't induced me to make the attempt. I could find but one person in Boston who had them to dispose of, and he would not consent to sell them on credit. . . . It is in my power, by disposing of my state securities at a quarter part the value, which I have so hardly earned by more than seven years service, to fulfill my engagements." Hull was later a general in the War of 1812, and gained a degree of infamy when he surrendered Detroit to an inferior British force.