Lot #44
Lord Jeffery Amherst

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Estimate: $200+


Commander-in-chief of the British army during the Revolutionary War (1717-1797) whose reputation was damaged due to allegations that he conducted an early form of germ warfare against Native Americans, distributing blankets contaminated with the deadly smallpox virus. LS signed “Amherst,” one page, 7.5 x 8.25, April 20, 1794. Letter to a gentleman, written from St. James's Square as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, in full: "I have the honour of your Letter of the 17th instant in favour of your Nephew Mr. Balfour Esquire in a Fencible Regiment, but as I do not know in what Regiment he is, I beg the favour of you to acquaint me, that I may make enquiry about him, though I cannot make any promise." In fine condition, with trimmed edges.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018

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