Lot 8: Paul Revere: Richard Devens ADS

RR Auction

RR Auction

2017-07-10 14:46:02

Lot 8

Commissary General of Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War, who warned Paul Revere there were a number of British officers patrolling the road to Lexington and Concord who might try to intercept him. Revere states in his account of his ride that, 'While in Charleston, I was informed by Richard Devens Esq. that he met that evening, after sunset, nine officers of the ministerial army, mounted on good horses, and armed, going towards Concord.' Exceedingly rare ADS, signed “Rich'd Devens Com'y Gen.,” one page, 7.75 x 3.75, June 8, 1784. Document acknowledging the order and payment of gun powder from Joseph Hosmer, a minuteman who fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. In full: "Boston, June 8, 1784, Recd. of Joseph Hosmer Esq., Seventy pounds on acct. for gun powder sold him in behalf of this Common Wealth." Nicely mounted, double-matted, and framed with an engraving of Paul Revere's ride to an overall size of 22 x 11. In fine condition.

Estimate: $2000-$2500

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