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ROCHAMBEAU, JEAN-BAPTISTE-DONATIEN DE VIMEUR, COMTE DE AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED ("LE CTE. DE ROCHAMBEAU"), IN FRENCH, WITH AUTOGRAPH NOTE 2 pages folio on a bifolium (11 3/4 x 9 5/8 in; 300 x 220 mm), Vendôme, 1 April 1780; ink and damp stains, tiny restauration with paper not affecting the text, mounted on paper. In March 1780, French King Louis XVI selected Rochambeau to command the army being sent to America, with orders to aid General Washington. Overcoming the incredibly daunting logistical difficulty of moving 5,500 men across the Atlantic Ocean, Rochambeau arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, in July 1780. The French expeditionary force that landed at Newport in July 1780 was expected by the Americans to have an immediate impact on their war for freedom. But the commander of the nearly 5,300 infantry- and artillerymen, the comte de Rochambeau, saw no real chance of success in the field without the support of a French fleet, and he settled his men in Newport for a long encampment. After nearly a year of inactivity by the Rochambeau's troops, tensions between the fledgling allies mounted; on 9 April 1781, Washington confided to John Laurens that "it may be declared in a word, that we are at the end of our tether, and that now or never our deliverance must come" (Writings, ed. Firzpatrick, 21:439). At just the time that Washington sent this despairing surmise, Louis XVI sent Admiral de Grasse into New World waters, bound for the West Indies, but allowing for the possibility that he might assist Rochambeau if called for. Rochambeau and General George Washington met the next month to plan the most complex operation of the American Revolution. The march to Yorktown yoked together two armies-as well as the French navy-operating under different languages, different rules of engagement, and different political agendas. The success of this maneuver was largely due to Rochambeau's meticulous preparation, as well as willingness to ultimately subvert himself and his men to the command of General Washington. Provenance Sotheby's.

Item Number: 14486
Price: $3,850

John Trumbull Signed Document

Jonathan Trumbull

Son of Connecticut's Revolutionary War governor; served as General George Washington's secretary during the Revolution; governor of Connecticut from 1797-1809. Partially printed Document Signed, Military Commision for Abel Rossetter, New Haven, dated October 12, 1799, 1 page, folio, appointing "Abel Rossetter...Lieutenant of the fifth Company in the 27th Regiment of Militia...". Signed "Jona Trumbull" as Governor of Connecticut. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 11189
Price: $775


Fascinating collection of 14 documents for building a pier in New York City, circa 1802, by Andrew Ten Eyck, who apparently built the pier for Thomas Ten Eyck. Includes bills, receipts and accounts; involved financial notes recording purchases of bolts, spikes, as well as payroll for the workers. Several are notes recording payments from Thomas to Andrew. Average wear. Overall, very good condition.

Item Number: 5871
Price: $375


1771 Newspaper with slavery ad. Boston. 15" by 10." The Almanack lists two advertisements relating to slavery, "To be sold for want of employment, a likely Negro Boy, that won't drink rum, he is about 14 years old." An interesting slavery related advertisement which chronicles a dark era in American history. Overall foxing, some soiling and small tears. Otherwise very good condition.

Item Number: 14378
Price: $280


Fascinating collection of 11 documents for building a pier in New York City, circa 1802, by Andrew Ten Eyck, who apparently built the pier for Thomas Ten Eyck. Includes bills, receipts, and accounts; involved financial notes recording purchases of bolts, spikes, as well as payroll for the workers. Several are notes recording payments from Thomas to Andrew. Average wear. Overall, very good condition.

Item Number: 5890
Price: $200


Revolutionary War Receipt from Comptroller's office of Oliver Walcott dated April 7, 1789 Hartford, Connecticut. The receipt is signed by William Benvour, who was a soldier in the American Revolution. This receipt was for the States Notes that were issued during the Revolutionary War and were then redeemed by the soldier. Benvour received one pounds, thirteen shillings, and six pence. Signed "William Benvour in the lower right hand corner. Excellent condition with dark clear signatures and writing.

Item Number: 3811
Price: $200


Revolutionary War Receipt from Comptroller's office of Oliver Walcott dated April 9, 1789 Hartford, Connecticut. The receipt is signed by Eldad Shepard, a soldier in the American Revolution. This receipt was for the States Notes that were issued during the Revolutionary War and were then redeemed by the soldier. Shepard received three pounds, eleven shillings, and three pence. Signed "Eldad Shepard" in the lower right corner. Excellent condition,with dark clear signatures and writing.

Item Number: 3809
Price: $200