McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) to Joseph Reed
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00131 Author/Creator: McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 8 October 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 23 x 19 cm.
Written by McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as President of the Confederation Congress to Reed as President of the supreme executive council in Pennsylvania. Says that Brigadier General William Irvine (McKean has written Irwine) sets out tomorrow to take command of Fort Pitt and might need the assistance of the local militia. Sends along a copy of Irvine's instructions (not included here). Says he "rests assured" that every measure of support will be given to Irvine by the militia. Written 11 days before the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
As Brigadier General Irwine purposes to set out to morrow in order to take the command at Fort Pitt, and may very probably have occasion for the aid of the Militia in the vicinity of that Post, I thought it proper to procure a copy of his instructions and to transmit them to you; they are accordingly herewith inclosed, and I rest assured every suitable measure will be  adopted for affording him effectual support by the militia in case of necessity. -
I have the honor to be with the
Most obedient Servant
October 8th. 1781.
Joseph Reed Esquire
1781 October 8th,, From
His Excellency Thomas
McKean Esqr. President
of Congress -
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