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Commission and letter relating to Jonathan Humprys [Decimalized .01-.02]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.010 Author/Creator: Place Written: Various Type: Header Record Date: 1774-1777 Pagination: 2 items

There were multiple Jonathan Humphrys from Simsbury, Connecticut who served during the American Revolution. The Jonathan Humphry who died in 1778 is the author of the letter and the subject of the commission. He was a lawyer. The Jonathan Humphry who died in 1812 was the recipient of the letter. He would later become colonel of the regiment himself.

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