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Barrel, Rebekah (b. 1749) to William Barrell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.563 Author/Creator: Barrel, Rebekah (b. 1749) Place Written: Hingham, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 August 1776 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 33.5 x 38 cm.

Writes to her husband, William Barrel, in New York, a soldier in "Capt. Jacob's Company in Colon. Baily's" regiment. Sweetly expresses her desire to be reunited with him after his six months of service. Discusses making clothes for him. A letter from Rebekah's sister, Elizabeth Wilder, appears on the verso. She reminds William of how much he is missed and loved. Also, comments: "we hear that their is no want for female soldiers in the camp[.] Beware of the Bed Blankit disorder." Discusses other local and family news." Rebekah and William had been married less than a year.

William Barrel was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, and married Rebekah (spelled Rebecca in some records), born in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 23 November 1775.

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