Brigade Major Thomas Fosdick, Aide-de-Camp for Brig. Gen. John Glover, Autograph Letter Signed twice, April 27, 1775, ink on paper, written in great haste to his brother-in-law, Nicoll Havens, Esq., from New London, April 27, 1775, referencing the British attack at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775, “the shot heard round the world,” that began the American Revolutionary War. Taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concord Hymn, first verse:
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.”
Addressed to: “Nicoll Havens, Shelter Island,” with the urgent instruction “Deliver with all Dispatch” written on the integral address leaf. Nicoll Havens married Sarah Fosdick, Thomas Fosdick’s sister.
Text: “Dear Brother, I Send You Inclosed the News Paper containing the most a Larming News of the King’s Soldiers Striking a Blow on the Americans, I’ve Recd the News Last Night, & are one Fixing To Go Immediately for Boston, So I have only Time To Let You Know that I am one that is Going who am your Affectionate Brother Thos. Fosdick.
To Nicoll Havens, Esq.”
[Further down, he adds and signs a postscript]
“This Morning News is Arrived that they have had Three Battles Since the first News Come away ——- T. Fosdick.”
Originally, a folio-sized piece of laid paper – utilized in haste — damp-stained but legible.