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Dundas, Ralph (b. 1732) to James Dundas

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03676.01 Author/Creator: Dundas, Ralph (b. 1732) Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 May 1780 Pagination: 4 p. ; 22.3 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Dundas, Captain of H. M. S. Bonetta, informs his brother James he is still alive despite "having suffered more Hardships from the 4 of Oct last than in all the rest of my Lifetime put together." Relates that he sailed into New Providence, Bahamas, after encountering continual storms during the passage. Recounts that he allowed his men to recover and refit the ship before they sailed for Charleston. Informs James of the surrender of Charleston, which he claims took place 2 May. Relates that Captain Elphingstone will transmit a newspaper to England reporting the battle and surrender. States that Mr. Carter, a merchant from Jamaica, "informed me of Georges conduct & Behaviours which you may be sure gave me great Pleasure" (referring to King George III). Refers to an agreement made between the British Army and Navy. States that a good deal of the town (possibly Charleston) has been burnt. Requests that James inform James Renmi that Ralph will write to him soon, and that companies of the Edinburgh Regiment are present, though he has not seen them. States that the Hessians he has been fighting with are "a very fine Body of Men, and have behaved remarkably well here." In a post script, mentions British Admiral Marriot Arbuthnot.

People: Dundas, James, 1752-1831
Dundas, Ralph, 1732-?
Arbuthnot, Marriot, 1711-1794

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Battle of CharlestonRevolutionary WarGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMaritimeMilitary HistoryNavyCaribbeanExtreme WeatherBattleSurrenderContinental ArmyJournalismWartime Pillaging and DestructionHessians

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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