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GENERAL WILLIAM HOWE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/17/1788 - HFSID 273009

WILLIAM HOWE The former British general signs a handwritten 1788 letter inquiring about a prisoner's prospects for early release from Newgate Prison. ALS: "W Howe", 1 page, 7½x9½. Seymour Place, 1788 May 17, Saturday. To unknown correspondent (name written by Howe at lower margin is illegible).

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WILLIAM HOWE
The former British general signs a handwritten 1788 letter inquiring about a prisoner's prospects for early release from Newgate Prison.
ALS: "W Howe", 1 page, 7½x9½. Seymour Place, 1788 May 17, Saturday. To unknown correspondent (name written by Howe at lower margin is illegible). Begins: "Dear Sir!" In full: "Sam: Jones, the person I spoke to you of, confined in Newgate, having pestered me from day to day, may I beg you will let me know if there is, from the Recorder's Report, any prospect of his imprisonment being shortened or in any degree remitted? Your kind compliance with this request will much oblige Dr. Sir? Yr. Faithful & Obt. Servt". Verso of integral leaf, which has separated from letter, is docketed in unknown hand. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the "W" of signature. Lightly soiled, ink blots at some words. Lightly shaded at perimeter of verso of integral leaf. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by printed engraving, unsigned. B/w with sepiatone, 6x8½ overall, oval image 2½x3, inlaid on 8¼x9¾ sheet. Lightly rippled. Slightly soiled. Mounting sheet is shaded at blank right edge. Fine condition. Newgate was a British prison. English General William Howe (1729-1814) was Commander-in-Chief of the British forces during the American Revolution. Howe, who had first come to America during the Seven Years' War, was generally sympathetic to the American colonies, opposing the Coercive Acts and asserting to his constituents in Parliament that he would resist active duty against the Americans. When called by King George in 1775, however, Howe sailed to America, where he personally led the left wing of the attack on Bunker Hill and replaced Lieutenant General Thomas Gage as Commander-in Chief of the British Army on October 10, 1775. Knighted that year for his earlier successes, Howe successfully defeated General George Washington in the Battle of Long Island in the summer of 1776, and he ordered the execution of Nathan Hale in September of that year. Despite successfully capturing Philadelphia (which the British held for a short time), Howe, angry over the lack of support for his efforts, resigned in 1778 and returned to England. In 1782, Howe, who had become 5th Vicount Howe upon the death of his brother, was sworn in as a Privy Counsellor. He was Governor of Plymouth when he died in 1814. Two items.

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