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Van Deusen, Jacob (1741-1812) [List of post riders with schedules]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.02 Author/Creator: Van Deusen, Jacob (1741-1812) Place Written: Great Barrington, Massachussetts Type: Document signed Date: 3 May 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 29.7 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Great Barrington Post Riders agree to ride to Tyringham or Sheffield, Massachusetts for the purpose of gathering intelligence for the Continental Army of Boston. Contains the signatures of Van Deusen and 21 other riders: Mark Hopkins, Truman Wheler, Daniel Nash, Josiah Smith, James [?], Phinehas Nash, Benedict Dewey, Josiah Mansfield, David Church, Nathaneal Lee, Josiah Phelps, Issac Iseley, David Tier, Israel Root, Titus Young [?], Silas Sprague, David Willard, Howit Root, J. Whiting, George King, and Elijah Dwight.

Full Transcript: For the Purpose of geting speedy and certain Inteligence from the Army at Boston. We the Subscribers hereby promise and agree to Ride from this Town to Tyringham [inserted: or ...Sheffield] by Turns, so as to bring Inteligence from thence each Day (the Sabbath excepted) and to Report the Same at the House of Mr. Josiah Smith-- And in case no regular Method is come into for bringing the News to said Tyringham, we promise to bear our proportionable part of the Expence of procuring Inteligence from Springfield twice in each Week…See More

People: Van Deusen, Jacob, 1741-1812

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Post OfficeRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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