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Humphry, Jonathan (d. 1778) to Jonathan Humphry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.010.01 Author/Creator: Humphry, Jonathan (d. 1778) Place Written: Simsbury, Connecticut Type: Document signed Date: 3 April 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20 x 16.5 cm.

Appoints the recipient as Adjutant of the eighteenth Connecticut militia regiment. The Jonathan Humphry who died in 1778 is the author of this letter. At the time he was the colonel of the eighteenth Connecticut militia regiment. He was also a lawyer. The Jonathan Humphry who died in 1812 was the recipient of this letter. He would later become colonel of the regiment himself.

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