GAGE, THOMAS. 1718/19-1787. Autograph Letter Signed ("Tho.s Gage"),

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Lot 48
GAGE, THOMAS. 1718/19-1787.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Tho.s Gage"),

Sold for US$ 1,750 inc. premium
GAGE, THOMAS. 1718/19-1787.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Tho.s Gage"), 1 p, folio, Camp of Fort Ontario [Oswego, NY], October 11, 1759, tipped at top edge to an album leaf, seal hole with 2 closed tears through a few letters expertly repaired.
Provenance: Christie's New York, Oct 21, 1977, lot 48.

GENERAL GAGE COMPLAINS OF SHORT SUPPLIES AROUND THE TIME OF HIS FAILURE TO ATTACK LA GALLETTE, thus provoking Amherst's wrath for a missed opportunity to end the war.
In part: "The wood Creek may possibly be open some time in November, but the Garrison of Fort Stanwix will not be well pleased to have their men up to the middle in water at that season of the year, & not a drop of rum to give them. & here the Kings troops will suffer greatly from such service. Those I have been obliged to employ in the bateaux are in a very bad condition, & must of course grow worse every day ... In order to help as much as possible, I have rummaged the Hospital Stores, but can only supply forty seven mattresses from thence, but no Blankets, these I have ordered to be delivered up ... I suppose General Amherst will give some Directions about the Clothing." Despite Gage's trepidation in this instance, Amherst did regard him as an effective and just administrator as did his colleague-in-arms, George Washington.
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