A previously unpublished letter written by George Washington on December 26, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, is up for sale at RR Auction.
The Boxing Day letter was intended for William Alexander, Lord Stirling – one of Washington’s favoured generals.
George Washington was camped in Valley Forge between 1777 and 1778
Washington and his Continental Army were camped out at Valley Forge near Philadelphia that winter.
Conditions were brutal, with cold, malnutrition and disease claiming thousands of lives.
The letter reads in part: “...The Deserters you mention in your last from Colo. Proctor's Corps I have the pleasure to inform were taken by Captain Tallmadge of the Light Dragoons, in the neighborhood of German Town, he has punished them properly.
“The sending your artillery back I think a very proper step. Should the enemy advance anywhere to our right I shall expect the very earliest intelligence from you, indeed if they move at all.
“When do you think we can make an attempt with a prospect of success let me have your sentiments on the matter, that if any thing can be done the necessary orders may be given."
As you might expect for one of the greatest figures in US history, Washington’s letters are very well catalogued.
This is a rare chance to pick up one that fell through the cracks.
It’s expected to make around $30,000-40,000 ahead of the September 13 close date.
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