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Tudor, William (1750-1819) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09544 Author/Creator: Tudor, William (1750-1819) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 April 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 31.6 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed with initials. Informs Knox that a French ship arrived the previous Sunday at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Notes that the ship carried 52 brass cannons, 10,000 cannon shot, and 9000 grenade shells, among other military supplies. Comments on other ships, including two taken as prizes with provisions for General How (British General William Howe). Notes that the [HMS] Milford is cruising in the bay near Boston "taking or driving a shore every vessel that puts out." Notes the presence of two frigates, a twenty gun ship, and five privateers that are not making any effort to protect American vessels. In closing, writes, "We have the most wretched Management in our marine Department."

Background Information: Tudor was a Massachusetts lawyer and statesman.

People: Tudor, William, 1750-1819
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralPrivateeringMaritimeNavyGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesArtilleryWeaponryAmmunition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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