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#3 - George Washington Estimate: $15,000+

"It is impossible for me to comply with your Request for discharging your two Servants, Soldiers in the Massachu'ts Line"

Revolutionary War-dated LS as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.75 x 12.75, September 23, 1782. Letter written by Washington's aide-de-camp, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., addressed to Brigadier General John Glover, in full: "I have received your Favor of the 24th of August. In the present State of the Army—and the Difficulty attend'g the Recruit'g Service in all the States—it is impossible for me to comply with your Request for discharging your two Servants, Soldiers in the Massachu'ts Line. Neither, for the same Reasons, can I consent to their remain'g longer out of Service—You will therefore please to order them immediately to join their Regiment or send on two others of equal goodness—& to the Acceptance of the Muster Officers, as Substitutes, to take their places." Washington has added the recipient's name to the lower left corner. Reverse of letter features an overhead layout sketch with note reading: "Plan of our house, 48 by 40 feet." Matted with a print of Washington to an overall size of 23 x 18.25; backing of mat has a window for viewing reverse of letter. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and overall light mottle toning.

Although the surrender at Yorktown occurred nearly a year prior, Washington remained vigilant regarding a potential rally of British forces following the departure of the French land and sea forces. Such a risk required the active duty of all able men, which included the thousands of African American soldiers that comprised the Continental Army and Navy, state militia units, and various other regiments and support roles. Historians gauge that some 5,000 to 8,000 African American soldiers served in the Revolution on behalf of the Patriot cause, with upwards of 20,000 free and escaped slaves aligning themselves with loyalists and the British Army. Two months after this letter was signed, on November 30, 1782, America and Britain negotiators signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ushering the end of the Revolutionary War.

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