Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) to Alexander Irvine [incomplete]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.023.15 Author/Creator: Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) Place Written: York Island, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 January 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 24.5 x 19.5 cm.

Written to his brother in Aberdeen, Scotland. Encloses a letter from another soldier to his brother who is also in Scotland and asks Alexander to forward it on. Remarks that he has not heard from any of his friends in Scotland for awhile. States that nothing worth mentioning has happened. Gives love to family and friends. Charles Irvine was a soldier in the British army during the Revolutionary War. Both pages have pieces with some text missing from the right edge of the letter.

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.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources