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    Sale 2502 | Lot 2
    Price Realized: $1,430With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2502 Lot 2

      (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) BURGOYNE, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, "J. Burgoyne," to Lord McCartney, recommending Mr. Shaw to him. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, with integral address leaf; few short closed separations at folds, ink "260" at upper right of first page in unknown hand, faint bleedthrough throughout. [London], 20 January 1781

      Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

      ". . . I shall . . . presume to introduce this gentleman to you as the younger son of a very respectable family in Lancashire, & professing a character very worthy [of] his birth & connections. I trust with great confidence in his qualities . . . ."
      John Burgoyne (1722-1792) was a British General during the American Revolution blamed for the loss at Saratoga; he worked closely with Edmund Burke to impeach Hastings, who was accused of corruption while Governor General of India. Burgoyne would die before the 6-year trial eventually acquitted him.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,430