Lot 210: Scarce Revolutionary War-dated ALS signed "A. Burr ADC," one page both sides, 6.5 x 8.5, February 21, 1777. Letter to Colonel John Neilson, in part: "The General has order Capt. Campbell immediately back to Cranbury and from thence to be returned to [Brunswick] S. Amboy properly guarded by the Way he came—he is permitted to write to Mrs. Campbell from Cranbury but to make no longer Delay. You will immediately let Mrs. Campbell know that she has Liberty to pass to the Enemies Lines with her Family and Furniture—Campbell and his Attendant must be carefully watched and should any…in future arrive at your post detain them till they can be reported to the Genl." Burr adds a brief postscript to the conclusion, initialed "AB," in full: "Capt. Neilson will direct the particular Rout Mrs. Campbell shall take." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Burr's own hand. In very good condition, with partial separations to intersecting folds, paper loss to edges (near but not affecting signature), and some scattered soiling and creasing.Three days before Burr wrote this letter, Colonel Neilson led the Second Regiment, Middlesex Militia on a successful raid of a British fort at New Jersey's Lawrence Island on February 18, 1777. They took 63 prisoners in the assault and Neilson was promoted to brigadier general three days later, earning high praise from both General George Washington, and his commanding officer, General Israel Putnam. Burr served as a 21-year-old aide-de-camp to General Putnam until his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel on July 29, 1777, assuming effective command of William Malcolm's regiment in the Continental Army, and spending the following winter in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. An interesting letter concerning the careful treatment of prisoners and their families.
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