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McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Lewis Nicholas, Alexander Nesbit and Samuel Caldwell.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03535 Author/Creator: McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) Place Written: East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 12 September 1777 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 20 x 32 cm

Summary of Content: Warrant ordering them to arrest Thomas Gilpin, Thomas Afflick, Charles Jervis, William David Smith, Thomas Pike, and Charles Eddy. The individuals were prominent Quakers, who were suspected of Loyalist sympathies. Signed as the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, one day after the Battle of Brandywine.

People: McKean, Thomas
Nicola, Lewis, 1717-1807
Gilpin, Thomas, fl. 1777
Smith, William Dorsit
Eddy, Charles, fl. 1777

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsReligionLoyalistQuakers

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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