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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10705 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: September 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 17.2 x 67.5 cm.

Return for ordnance and military stores ordered by General Lord Stirling to be sent to West Point. Items listed by type and number.

General Lord Stirling's name was actually William Alexander, though he claimed the title of Lord Stirling. The British House of Lords, however, refused to recognize his claim without proof of descent, but he continued to style himself as the Earl of Stirling all his life.

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