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    [Revolutionary War]. Joseph Palmer and Nathan Hale Documents Signed. Two separate documents, written in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the Siege of Boston, matted together to an overall size of 9" x 11.25". The first, a Nathan Hale autograph receipt signed, 7.5" x 1.75" (sight), Cambridge, April 27, 1775, acknowledges receipt of "allowance for thirty foure men belonging to Conl. [John] Starks Regt." This is not Nathan Hale, the famous spy who was captured by the British and hanged in September 1776, but likely Capt. Nathan Hale (1743-1780) of the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment. After the Battle of Lexington, Hale and his men marched to Cambridge and joined the Siege of Boston, where he wrote this receipt. Six weeks later he was made captain in the 3rd N.H. and participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. The following year, he was promoted to colonel of the 2nd N.H. (April 1777) and served during the Siege of Fort Ticonderoga. He was captured during the Battle of Hubbarton and was imprisoned in New York, where he died. Unevenly cut. Mounted to a backing sheet and silked. Ink bleedthrough from the verso at the right edge.

    The second, a one page Joseph Palmer autograph order signed, 5.25" x 3" (sight), Cambridge, May 11, 1775, for ten days provisions to be delivered to Capt. Robert Tweedell. Palmer (1716-1788), a native of England, joined the independence movement early on. One month before writing this order, he fought in the Battle of Lexington and sent Israel Bissell on his ride to inform the colonies that war with the British had begun. Areas of bleedthrough from the verso.

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