1 page, folio (9½ x 14½ in.), paper seal at top left corner, laid down, small loss to lower left corner, catching a few letters, but away from signatures. Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame. | Christie's" /> HOWE, William, Sir (1729-1814), <I>General, Viscount</I>. Document signed ("W. Howe"), as Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces, Philadelphia, 8 January 1778. Counter signed by Secretary of War Lewis, and also by Robert MacKenzie (on behalf of General Fraser) and John Hess (Commissary General of Musters). <I>1 page, folio (9½ x 14½ in.), paper seal at top left corner, laid down, small loss to lower left corner, catching a few letters, but away from signatures</I>. Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame. | Christie's
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    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    HOWE, William, Sir (1729-1814), General, Viscount. Document signed ("W. Howe"), as Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces, Philadelphia, 8 January 1778. Counter signed by Secretary of War Lewis, and also by Robert MacKenzie (on behalf of General Fraser) and John Hess (Commissary General of Musters). 1 page, folio (9½ x 14½ in.), paper seal at top left corner, laid down, small loss to lower left corner, catching a few letters, but away from signatures. Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame.

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    HOWE, William, Sir (1729-1814), General, Viscount. Document signed ("W. Howe"), as Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces, Philadelphia, 8 January 1778. Counter signed by Secretary of War Lewis, and also by Robert MacKenzie (on behalf of General Fraser) and John Hess (Commissary General of Musters). 1 page, folio (9½ x 14½ in.), paper seal at top left corner, laid down, small loss to lower left corner, catching a few letters, but away from signatures. Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame.

    HOWE, DURING THE PHILADELPHIA - VALLEY FORGE CAMPAIGN, appoints "Thomas Watt, Gentleman," to be an ensign in the Seventy First Regiment of Foot, the famous Fraser's Highlanders commanded by Lt. General Simon Fraser (1726-1782). January 1778 was a low point for American forces-ignominiously driven out of first New York and then Philadelphia, Washington's ragged troops shivered in desolate Valley Forge. For Howe, material conditions were far better, but his political situation was dire. The third year of fighting drew to a close with the rebellious Americans still in arms. The intended knock-out blow in New York ended disastrously with the defeat at Saratoga (thanks, in great part, to Howe's decision to attack Philadelphia). Seeking vindication, Howe returned to London in May 1778, where he waged his most spirited campaign of the war--against the North ministry in the corridors of Whitehall--as the government on one side and the brothers Howe on the other, blamed each other for making a mess of things.


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