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1778 Revolutionary War Era Travel Pass Issued Per Sir WILLIAM HOWE'S Proclamation 17th July, 1777

August 17, 1778-Dated Revolutionary War, Partially-Printed British Military Document, "Sir WILLIAM HOWE'S Proclamation of 17th July, 1777," Signed, "Sam'l Moore, D.S." being a Travel Pass by water Ferry, Choice Very Fine.

Extraordinary Revolutionary War date, Partially-Printed, Ferry Travel Pass Signed, "Sam'l Moore, D.S." one page, about 8.25" x 6.5". This boldly printed Pass Reads, in full:

"Pursuant to his Excellency Sir William Howe's Proclamation of the 17th July, 1777. --- Permission is hereby given to - Nicholas Schenck to carry across the ferry to Flatland Long Island hay and shers, two lb. pepper, one bushel salt, ten lb. sugar, three gallons wine, one pr. shoes, two lb. tobacco, one basket onions. ----

He having complied with the Directions contained in the above-mentioned Proclamation. --- New -York, Superintendent's Office, -- August 17th, 1778. (Signed) Sam'l Moore, D.S." (Directed to:) To the Officer's attending.

William Howe (1729-1814). Sir William Howe succeeded British General Thomas Gage in 1775 as Commander of the British forces in the American Revolution. After the successful Battle of Long Island in 1777, he defeated George Washington at Brandywine near Chadds Ford and continued his advance on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Howe's success in Philadelphia was overshadowed by General John Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga and Howe was criticized for not cooperating with Burgoyne during the 1777 campaign. Parliament appointed General Henry Clinton to replace Howe in 1778.
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