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Gates, Horatio (1728-1806) to Lord Thanet

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.150 Author/Creator: Gates, Horatio (1728-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter Date: circa 1778 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 30.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Copy of a letter to Thanet in which Gates appeals to Britain to recognize American independence. Cites the American victory at Saratoga and foretells "Calamities which England will sustain" if the war is continued. A version of this letter was printed in the 29 April 1778 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post.

People: Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
Thanet, Sackville Tufton, Earl of, 1733-1786

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDiplomacyRevolutionary WarMilitary HistorySurrenderBattleBattle of Saratoga

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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