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Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) to William Maxwell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.014 Author/Creator: Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 March 1847 Pagination: 4 p. : address ; 25 x 21 cm. Order a Copy

Response to previous letter regarding the Virginia Historical & Philosophical Society, providing a description and historical account of Fort George, on Old Point Comfort, Va. The fort was first ordered built in 1629-30 by Sir John Henry, Govenor of Virginia. "The work was called Fort George. The front lines only and part of the flanks are now tracable. The rear lines having been obliterated by the excavation of the ditch of Fort Monroe."

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