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Brown, Jacob (1775-1828) to Christopher P. Bellinger

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.718.08 Author/Creator: Brown, Jacob (1775-1828) Place Written: Brownville, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 June 1812 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 25 x 20 cm.

Near the beginning of the War of 1812, advises Colonel Bellinger that they should be more prepared before they attack the vessels Bellinger mentioned previously. Concludes with an exhortation: "Let us do my dear Coll. what our Country expects of us - be prepard [sic] to defend our Country at any moment."

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