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Ward, Artemas (1727-1800) to Jedediah Foster

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02499.17 Author/Creator: Ward, Artemas (1727-1800) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Letter signed Date: 23 May 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 18.2 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by General Ward as commander-in-chief of the army outside Boston to Colonel Foster. Says the bearer of this, Mr. Wood, was lately at Worcester and learned that the selectmen of the town are "binding out" people that can be called friends of the government if they will not join the army. Says it is extraordinary and unjustifiable conduct if it is true. Hopes he will take Wood's information and investigate the situation, claiming "I doubt not you will consult the Safety of the Individuals as well as of the Community."

Background Information: Colonel Foster fought at the Battle of Lexington.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyMilitiaLexington and ConcordSiege of BostonGovernment and CivicsLawConscriptionMilitary HistoryCivil Rights

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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