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Farrington, A. (fl. 1765) to Seth Williamson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00278 Author/Creator: Farrington, A. (fl. 1765) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 November 1765 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 33 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: A British captain discusses military logistics and the advice given to him by General Thomas Gage regarding troop transport. Mentions being in "the Rebellious Town of New York," where there was popular discontent with the Stamp Act of 1765. Describes the destruction of the rented house of Major Thomas James "by the principal People of this Town," referring to the Sons of Liberty, who had committed this and similar acts during the previous month. Comments on plans to dismantle Fort George, noting that "the Grand Arsenal of America is liable to be insulted" if set on fire. Notes orders from Gage for Captain Hays' regiment to winter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then move to Fort Pitt in the spring. Williamson was a major general in the British army. Farrington was a captain in the 2nd Artillery Battalion.

People: Farrington, A., fl. 1765
Williamson, Seth
Gage, Thomas, 1718-1787
James, Thomas, fl. 1765

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: RebellionStamp ActMilitary HistoryMobs and RiotsSons of LibertyFortificationArtilleryGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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