Lot 6: Newgate Prison DS
12th July 2017
Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, signed “George Wyllys,” one page, 6.25 x 7.75, May 11, 1775. In part: "At a General Assembly…at Hartford on the Second Thursday of May…1775. On the memorial of Arnout Cannon showing that at great trouble & expence he had apprehended & brot from New York the infamous Richard Steel so that he might be recommitted to Newgate Prison and praying for a reimbursement of his expence & a reward for his trouble…It is thereupon by this assembly granted & ordered that the treasurer of the Colony pay…the sum of eleven pound twelve shillings & nine pence money in compensation of his charge & expence and also the further sum of Three pounds money as a reward for his risque and service in full of the engagement specified in the advertisement for taking up the said Richard Steel." In fine condition, with splitting along two of the folds. During the Revolutionary War, Newgate Prison was used to house Loyalists who fought against independence as well as British prisoners of war. Richard Steele, a 'notorious villain and burglarian' held the record of three escapes from Newgate.
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