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Metcalf, John (fl. 1783) to Jonathan Metcalf

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.01 Author/Creator: Metcalf, John (fl. 1783) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 March 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 18.5 cm. Order a Copy

Written by Metcalf, a captured Continental soldier on the prison ship Jersey in New York Harbor, to his father in Dedham, Massachusetts. Says he enjoys "tollerable good health" and was assisted by a Dr. Bacon of Salem, Massachusetts. Tells his father he has been there a month and sees no prospect for a quick release. Says conditions on the ship are "horrid beyond Description." During the first part of the winter he claimed 10, 15, or 20 prisoners died a day. Says health is better on the ship since there are fewer people on board.

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