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Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) to Samuel Shaw

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01721 Author/Creator: Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) Place Written: Fishkill, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 21 November 1782-22 November 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.6 x 17.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Document contains two letters: one, written at Fishkill, New York, to Shaw from Nicola, dated 21 November 1782, and Shaw's autograph signed reply to Nicola, written at West Point, New York, dated 22 November, 1782. In Nicola's letter, he writes that he expects that after the stores are moved, beginning next Saturday, the garrison will be removed from the Fishkill area. Writes that there is an "old log provost [perhaps a prison] surrounded with a decayed stockade" among the public buildings which has not been used in awhile. Writes that he would like permission to pull the building down before the garrison leaves, and store the timber in "a place of security." Though little of the timber will be of use, believes the inhabitants of the neighborhood will carry the logs off for their own use if the troops do not remove it. Asks Shaw for Knox's permission to do this, and sends regards to him and Mrs. Knox. In Shaw's reply, on the blank 2nd leaf, he writes that Knox approves of the plan, provided the building is made of logs only, and that the materials can be used for no other purpose, "of which Col. [likely Hugh] Hughes (or his adjutant) will be the judge." Shaw agrees with the plan also.

Background Information: The Colonel Hughes Shaw refers to is likely Hugh Hughes, the Deputy Quartermaster of New York, who may have been stationed at Fishkill.

People: Nicola, Lewis, 1717-1807
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Hughes, Hugh, 1727-1802

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyImmigration and MigrationBuilding ConstructionMilitary SuppliesMilitary Camp

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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