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Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) [Two letters, one from Lewis Nicola to Moses McFarland and a response from Samuel Shaw]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01691 Author/Creator: Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) Place Written: Fishkill, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 October 1782-1 November 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22 x 17.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to Captain Moses McFarland of the Invalid Regiment. Writes, "I am sorry the distress of your family are such as to render your presence absolutely necessary, as far as in me lies I have no objection to your spending the winter with them, but Genl Knoxes's consent is the most essential point, therefore your application must be made to him & probably he will think two captains sufficient for the number of men we have." On the second page is an autograph note signed by Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp. He writes, "Capt. McFarland of the Corps of Invalids has leave of absence till the 1 April next, at which time he must return to the Corps, unless prevented by sickness, of which the necessary certificates will be produced by him. Given at West Point 1 Nov. 1782 By order of Gen. Knox."

People: Nicola, Lewis, 1717-1807
McFarland, Moses, 1738-1802
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryRevolutionary War GeneralPovertyChildren and FamilyContinental ArmyWest Point (US Military Academy)Health and Medical

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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