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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) to Captain Donnell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01531 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 August 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.9 cm.

Writes to Captain [possibly Nathaniel] Donnell to argue on behalf of a John Moder, a soldier who serves under Donnell. Moder recently deserted, but he came back, which allowed him to receive a free pardon for his desertion. Prior to this event, he bargained with a Corporal Kelly, Corporal Woodstock, and Colonel Popkin for his depreciation notes, and they were sent to Captain Donnell. According to Moder, Captain Donnell will not give Moder his notes because of his desertion, even though he has been pardoned. Shaw argues that Moder is "fully convinced of and truly sorry for his error," and because of his pardon, "should be restored to all his former rights." Declares that "there can be no impropriety in delivering to Moder the aforesaid papers, or, in case they should have been destroyed in consequence of his desertion, in giving him a certificate that shall answer the same purpose with Col. Popkin." Mentions that "the General" [likely Henry Knox] is "clearly of opinion that the claim is just and that you will after a proper examination of it be of the same sentiment."

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