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.

Noyes, John (1740-1784) to Mary Noyes [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 #: GLC01450.056.11 Author/Creator: Noyes, John (1740-1784) Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter Date: circa September-December 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 31x 20 cm.

Writes to his wife in Newbury, Massachusetts. States that 130 British vessels have landed at Staten Island and they have not more than 10,000 troops. Reports that the British are going up to Albany. Mentions the execution and jailing of some Tories. He remarks that six of their men were killed by their own cannon fire. Informs that there are 30 to 40 thousand men in the American army. First page and last page or pages are missing so there is no date or signature. Both are inferred from context and from other letters in the collection. Noyes was a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources