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Burbeck, Edward (1740-1783) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00411 Author/Creator: Burbeck, Edward (1740-1783) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 August 1776 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.2 x 21.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00411 Author/Creator: Burbeck, Edward (1740-1783) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 August 1776 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.2 x 21.6 cm.

Captain Burbeck has heard that all the Continental regiments are heading to New York and seeks instructions on what to do with his company. Also discusses accounts and pay for his and Lieutenant John Edes' company. Burbeck and Edes were officers in Knox's artillery regiment.

Captain Edward Burbeck's birth and death dates vary according to different sources. While most report that he was born in 1740 and died in 1783, some also report that he was born in 1738 and died in 1782.

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