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Watson, Brook (1735-1807) to Joshua Mauger

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03902.029 Author/Creator: Watson, Brook (1735-1807) Place Written: New York, NY Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 January 1783 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 21 x 34 cm.

Still no mail from England. He reports that the Congress has dissolved and the American people desire to reunite with England but, without word from England, his commander can do nothing to take advantage of this development. The first ships carrying Loyalists to Nova Scotia will leave next month. He believes these people of property will form a barrier to protect the English constitution and will become the envy of their neighbors. [11/29/1782, provisional peace treaty signed. 3/10-6/24/1783 the American armies mutiny over pay issues.]

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