Lot 861

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A LIEUTENANT IS PAID FOR CLOTHES AND ARMS LOST IN THE RETREAT FROM NEW YORK
Interesting document which in itself shows the Colonies' desperate military situation in early 1777. The 1p. oblong 8vo. document was written by Lt. John Hart on Jan. 14, 1777, in part: "Rec'd Orders on Treas. for 20 [Pounds] to be in Acct. for my Cloaths & Arms lost retreating from N. York 15 Sept. last.". Beneath in another hand, likely that of a paymaster or the regimental treasurer: "Mr. John Hart 1st Lieut of Capt. Elisha Chapmans Comp'y [?] Sam'l Selden's Regiment". Very good. The document shows the haste with which the Continentals were fleeing New York on Sept. 15, 1776 (the day the city was occupied) - so quickly that clothes and arms were left behind. All three men mentioned in this document participated in the retreat, but Selden was captured and would die on a prison ship less than a month later.

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February 11, 2015 10:00 AM EST
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