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Freeman, Sam (fl. 1776) to Elbridge Gerry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.235 Author/Creator: Freeman, Sam (fl. 1776) Place Written: Watertown, [Massachusetts] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 June 1776 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.5 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: On Gerry's advice he and his regiment "have applied to Court to consider our losses at Falmouth," in the hopes the court would petition Congress. Court refuses, and feels it might seem "selfish" to do such a thing. Discusses trouble obtaining copies of records of Congress.

Background Information: Elbridge Gerry was a Delegate and Representative from Massachusetts and Vice President.

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Freeman, Samuel, 1743-1831

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsCongressContinental CongressWartime Pillaging and DestructionLaw

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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