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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to John Bryant

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03432.035 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 August 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: General Lincoln discusses selling certain items from the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. Comments on the operations of mechanical and chemical stores. Notes that he has put Captain Hawes in charge of the artificers and that he desires Captain Bryant to be accountable for the laboratory. Discusses procedures related to ration returns. Letter is splitting along fold lines.

Background Information: Captain John Bryant was the Deputy Commissary of Military Stores at the Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

People: Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Bryant, John, 1742-1816

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American StatesmenMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionGovernment and CivicsFinanceCommerceArtisansMuster Rolls and ReturnsMilitary Provisions

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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