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Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) to Alexander Irvine

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.023.10 Author/Creator: Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) Place Written: Staten Island, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 March 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Written to his brother in Aberdeen, Scotland. States that he got a letter from Mr. Moir about his financial affairs. His regiment is under orders for embarkation so he had to request 40 pounds from Moir to prepare. Discusses his pending promotion in rank and the finances involved with it. Informs him that they do not know where the regiment will be sent but some think the West Indies. Gives love to family and friends. Charles Irvine was a soldier in the British army during the Revolutionary War.

Background Information: Charles Irvine served in the British Army for fifteen years before going on half pay. But he soon returned, and eventually rose to the rank of major general.
Alexander Irvine ...was the Eighteenth Laird of Drum. He was involved in a number of financial squabbles during his early life.See More

People: Irvine, Charles, 1756-1819
Irvine, Alexander, 1754-1844

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFinanceCaribbeanSoldier's Letter

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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