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Parsons, Samuel Holden (1737-1789) to Thomas Mumford

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.075.06 Author/Creator: Parsons, Samuel Holden (1737-1789) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 October 1779 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by General Parsons to Mumford, a Groton, Connecticut merchant. Thanks him for his letter of 17 October 1779. Thanks him for procuring a place for his son, but is against him going on the ship "Trumbull" with Captain Nicholson. Would rather him go on a privateer or a merchant ship with Captain Henman. Says British have abandoned their posts at Verplank's and Stony Point for New York. Says Newport, Rhode Island is not evacuated, but that he hopes that will happen soon. Says if it happens they will have a formidable force to reduce New York. Conjectures on what British might do. Mentions the capture of British troops at Beaufort by the French. Says General John Sullivan is expected to arrive today after a successful expeditition against "the Indian Savages." Might be in his region during the winter campaign.

Background Information:

People: Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789
Mumford, Thomas, 1728-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American Indian HistoryRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryOffice SeekerNavyPrivateeringMarinesMerchants and TradeGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFrancePrisoner of WarContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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