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Tyler, William (fl. 1774-1776) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00139 Author/Creator: Tyler, William (fl. 1774-1776) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 April 1774 Pagination: 1p. +addr.+docket. 20.7 cm. x 16.6 cm.

Discusses raising a militia in Providence, Rhode Island and asks Knox to send "the Boston Cadets Articles in full" to him. Tyler was an adjutant of Babcock's Rhode Island State Regiment in the Revolutionary War.

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After my kind respects to you I woud inform [inserted: you] that we have a most respectful Company of Cadetts now a growing in Providence. I being one of them & Cl[a]rk to Said Company am Desird to Make Application to some [struck: some] Gentleman of my acquaintance for [struck: for] the Boston Cadetts Articles in full which which they have Agreed and sind [sic] to abide by if you Coud favour [inserted: me] So Much & send them by the Bearer Mr Dexter Brown [the] Coachman & you will greatly oblige your friend & most Humble Servant William Tyler
P.S. Pray Excuse the above not having five minute the Coach is going yours W Dexter Brown the Coachman and you will greatly oblige your friend and most Humble Servant William Tyler
P.S. Pray Excuse the above not having five minute the Coach is going yours Wm Tyler
Providence A 23rd 1774
To Lieut Henry Knox

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