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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.185.03 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 October 1778 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 13 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: List of living crew aboard the Brig Lexington. States "taken from a Journal of Mr. Charles Herbert of Marblehead," Massachusetts. A note in the margin reports "Taken 1777 Aug. 7 from Newbury port in [frm?] Brig Fancy." Provides a list of names, and following the list states "the rest of the crew I have alist of their names in a book ... " Appears to be signed by Herbert at the top of the page. Docket states "Relating to Brig Lexington Sloop Lucretia." Possibly an excerpt from Herbert's captivity journal.

Background Information: Charles Herbert kept a captivity journal 1777-1780. He was captured by the British in 1776, and was held prisoner on four British ships before the King of Denmark arranged for his ...and other prisoners' release in 1780.See More

People: Herbert, Charles, 1757-1808

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryRevolutionary WarGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPrisoner of WarNavyMaritimeSoldier's Diary

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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