Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Hodgdon, Samuel (1745-1824) to Ezekiel Cheever

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Log in
to see this thumbnail image

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01553 Author/Creator: Hodgdon, Samuel (1745-1824) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 August 1782 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.9 x 18.8 cm.

A high-resolution version of this object is available for registered users. LOG IN

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01553 Author/Creator: Hodgdon, Samuel (1745-1824) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 August 1782 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.9 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Marked "copy." Written from the War Office. Declares that he has not yet responded to Cheever's last letter because he had not yet been able to get his account overlooked by the people whose business it is to do so; he is confident they will soon, though, "a proper arrangement being now made for the adjustment of those a like Circumstanced in every department." Is saddened to hear that "those you have nourished & brought up have rebelled against you," but assures Cheever that he has never seen any reports from them that were prejudiced against him. Comments that Cheever's "Services & Sufferings intitle you to the notice and gratitude of your Country and I tho't you had experienced both. if I am mistaken I am Sorry for it is every thing in my power to do, to serve your interest & preserve your honor shall be Cheerfully performed, and honest man should not and indeed cannot be finally neglected." Also declares that he is sorry to hear Cheever's pay notes have depreciated but says that he is not unique in this unfortunate circumstance. Advises him not to "dispond at your present appearance, but cheerfully bear up" and "gallantly oppose this adverse course of affairs." Will write next when Cheever's affairs are reviewed.

Background Information: Ezekiel Cheever also has a son by the same name (1741-1826). According to the U.S. Military's Ordnance Corps website, the elder Cheever (1720-1793) was the Ordnance officer. www.goordnance....apg.army.mil/See More

People: Hodgdon, Samuel, 1745-1824
Cheever, Ezekiel, 1720-1793

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryArtilleryAmmunitionFinanceSoldier's PayEconomics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources