Lot 202: Ethan Allen: Ebenezer Allen

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Lot 202: American soldier (1743-1806) and member of the Green Mountain Boys, who was with his cousin, Ethan Allen, when Fort Ticonderoga was captured. ADS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7 x 11.5, April 17, 1789. Allen provides a copy of his accounts with Captain Stowe and Litchfield County, Connecticut merchant, Truman Hinman dating between April 18, 1771, and December 17, 1772. An account which dates only days after he, together with Thomas Ashley, an in-law of the Allen family, made camp on the bank of the Poultney River establishing the town on April 15, 1771. The account includes four major orders of supplies from Truman Hinman (1731-1793) beginning with very basic supplies ordered only days after Allen and Ashley built their shanties and included iron, "1 Bundle of Linnen [sic]," "1 Ream paper," "4 half Faggots Steel," "2 Small… Nails," "1 Small bag Indigo," and most importantly, a "Cross Cut Saw." By June 14, Allen was anticipating the arrival of more settlers, and ordered what appears to be not only supplies for himself, but for resale including a box of pipes, "1 Bundle of Saws," nails, "3 Empty Cases," pepper, "6 Iron Shovells," "Large Trunk Goods," "6 Tea Kettles," "2 Bundles of Scythes," "2 bags of paint," "16 Shear molds," "4 Bags Shott," "1 Bag Coffee," and "6 pewter Tankards." The next day, Allen ordered even more of what he had ordered the previous day as well as "3 Bundles Books," "1 Bundle Hour Glasses," and "a parcell [sic] Stone Ware." That cache lasted the summer and Allen did not make another order until October. This time, besides the basics including spices, dry goods, nails and iron, he sent for wine, "1 Bundle German Steel," and "1 Very Large Bocks [sic] of Dry Goods." Intersecting folds (one passing through a single letter of signature), moderate toning and soiling, mild rippling, and a few small pinholes along central horizontal fold, otherwise very good condition. During the American Revolution, many Poultney men including Ebenezer Allen would participate in the 1775 capture on Fort Ticonderoga that was led by Ethan Allen. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $1000-2000
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