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Dundas, Ralph (b. 1732) to James Dundas

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03676.05 Author/Creator: Dundas, Ralph (b. 1732) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 November 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Dundas, the British captain of the H. M. S. Bonetta, informs his brother James that he was made "a Prisoner to France" and in New York on parole. Discusses the British capitulation at the Battle of Yorktown: "we lost our Ground Inch by Inch and did not Surrender untill our Ammunition was exausted and but five Days Provisions." Notes that the "Bonetta was to be at the Disposal of Lo Cornwallis to carry his Dispatches." Mentions dead and wounded. The articles of capitulation at Yorktown specified that the Bonetta would be permitted to return to New York with to correspondence for Sir Henry Clinton.

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