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Lot 9: (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) TRUMBULL, JONATHAN. Autograph Document Signed, "Jon'th Trumbull," as Colonial Governor of Connecticut, ordering
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: GOVERNOR ORDERS TROOPS TO ASSIST WASHINGTON IN NY ON EVE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) TRUMBULL, JONATHAN. Autograph Document Signed, "Jon'th Trumbull," as Colonial Governor of Connecticut, ordering Lt. Col. Thomas Seymour to march his three regiments of light horse to New York and adding, in a postscript, to send the equipped units without waiting for others to be equipped. Additionally Signed, in full, in third person within the text. 1 1/2 pages, folio, with integral blank; some chipping at right edge with minor loss to text, few short closed separations at folds, minor staining along left edge, remnants of prior mounting along center vertical fold on terminal page. (MRS) Lebanon, 3 July 1776
". . . The pressing demands from General Washington for a speedy reinforcement of the Army at New York on which the preservation of the Country (under God) seems at present so much to depend, require our utmost Exertions on this Occasion . . . .
"I do thereupon, by and with the Advice of the Committee of Safety present order and direct that the three Regiments of light Horse in this Colony west of Connecticut River immediately and without delay march forward, well equipped . . . to New York under your Command . . . and when arrived . . . to be under the Command and Direction of his Excellency General Washington . . . ."
The postscript: "If it is impracticable to have the whole of each Troop properly equipped you will forward such part as are furnished, as the Urgency of the Case will admit of no delay."
After the departure of the British from Boston in March of 1776, General Washington sought cavalry troops to patrol for a new British landing, which was anticipated to be near New York City. Governor Trumbull ordered a detachment of over 400 cavalry under Lt. Col. Seymour to reinforce Washington's positions in NY. Many of the regiments of light horse that greeted Washington were undersupplied, so Washington suggested sending back the horses. The officers' offer to pay for their own animals was accepted. When Washington ordered the cavalry units to do service that separated them from their horses, or to help fortify New York harbor, or to do guard duty, this unglamorous work was rejected by the light horse units, whereupon Washington sent them all home--horse and rider together.