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Porter, Peter (fl. 1755) to Elijah Leonard

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.298 Author/Creator: Porter, Peter (fl. 1755) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 03 July 1755 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 30 x 20 .5 cm.

Summary of Content: Describes the bad weather and encounters with Indians on his march from Massachusetts to Albany, New York. Sends news of recent victories against the French and their Indian allies and says a man brought good news of the fighting in Canada. Asks to remembered to his family and friends and says "a solider Life is hard[,] hard Lodging and harty victuals."

People: Porter, Peter, fl. 1755

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryFrench and Indian WarMilitary HistoryFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCanadaMilitary CampMilitary ProvisionsBattleDiet and nutrition

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