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    British Major General William Phillips Signed Document. DS, "W Phillips Major General", 15" x 7", Cambridge, June 19th, 1770. Written in ink, the document reads in part, "Major Genl. Heath in acco. [account] with the British Gov. for a sum of money deposited in his hands for security for a deficiency of provisions to be delivered to Major Morrison - per agreement. By the amt. of deficiency in provisions per discount... ball. [balance] due to be delivered to the order of Major Genl. Phillips..." William Phillips served with distinction in the British Army as an artilleryman and a general officer, attaining the rank of colonel by the start of the American Revolutionary War. As Deputy Commander to General John Burgoyne in 1777, he took part in the recapture of Fort Ticonderoga, surmounting the obstacles of terrain to bring his artillery to bear on the fort's defenses by hauling his canon to the top of nearby Mount Defiance, urging his men forward with, "Where a goat can go, a man can go; and where a man can go, he can drag a gun." Captured with Bourgoyne's army at Saratoga in 1777, Phillips served a short prison term in Virginia gained his freedom in exchange for American General Benjamin Lincoln in 1781 and assumed command of the British Campaign in Virginia during the Battle of Petersburg. He was stricken with typhus on his way to join General Cornwallis at Yorktown and died on May 13, 1781 at Petersburg. Light to moderate toning, signature is bold and clear, near fine condition.

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