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Noyes, John (1740-1784) to Mary Noyes [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.056.01 Author/Creator: Noyes, John (1740-1784) Place Written: Chelsea, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 9 August 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 22 x 19 cm.

Writes to his wife in Newbury, Massachusetts that he is healthy, he misses her, and wants to come home soon. Mentions a fire at Penny Ferry [Massachusetts] last Sunday evening and states a small company of men guarded it. Expects to trench at Captain Green's Hill in a few days. Sends love to the children. Noyes served in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. Lower right corner of page with signature is missing.

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