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Massachusetts Revolutionary War Soldier's Letter Regarding His Regiment's Departure "to march to Quebec"
April 16, 1776-Dated Revolutionary War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Josiah Lovell," at New York, Very Fine.
This historic content 1776 dated Revolutionary War content Letter is by Josiah Lovell to his "father & mother, brothers & sisters," in Abington, Massachusetts. Josiah Lovell was a Massachusetts Continental Army private who here announces his regiment's departure to march on the main British stronghold of Quebec in Canada. It is 1 page, measures about 7" x 12.25" being written in bold brown on period fine laid paper, having typical folds, is worn with slight loss, with a couple of earlier mounting traces on the blank verso. Written from New York dated April 16, 1776, this Continental Army private writes home to his family, in full:

"New York - April 16th 1776 --- Honored father & mother Brothers and Sisters I now take Pen & Paper to Write to you to let you know that I am in good health at Present & Blessed be God for it & I hope these will find you in as Good health as they left me & have nothing strange to Write, only Conl Greaton Regnt is ordred to march to Quebec & with him is a going some of Bonds Patisons & Webbs Regmint - it is long fatigueing Voyage. - We are to embark on board the transports & to go as far as Albany & so I bid you all a farewell best - & We trust in God he Will carry us Safe through all the fatigues of this life & bring us Safe home to our absent friends. - I Would not have you be uneasy about me for I Shall fare neither to better nor the Worse, for that I hope I Shall return home by next Spring & so Nomore from me. --- I Still Remain your Dutiful Son till Death. -- (Signed) Josiah Lovell."

A final postscript at the conclusion reads: "Remember me to all my friends & especially to uncle Pools folks to Joseph Pool his Wife & childeren - bid them & all my friends a farewell for me to."

Lovell served in Colonel John Greaton's 3rd Massachusetts Regiment, also known as the 24th Continental Regiment. He survived the war to collect a pension in Maine. The major Battle of Quebec took place in the Winter of 1775, proving to be a devastating defeat for the Americans. These units were likely being sent North to Albany to and towards Quebec as reinforcement to blunt the possible assault by the British and Hessian Troops under General Burgoyne. The action ultimately resulted in the major British defeat at Saratoga. This is an outstanding contemporary Revolutionary War Letter. Provenance: Ex: Sotheby's sale, April 28, 1981, lot 142.
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