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Phillips, William (1731?-1781) to [David Henley]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04764.71 Author/Creator: Phillips, William (1731?-1781) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: no date Pagination: 2 p. ; 32.4 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by General Phillips as an officer under General John Burgoyne to Colonel Henley, former commander of the Prospect Hill barracks where many of the captured Convention troops were situated. Henley was brought before a court martial due to allegations of murder and mistreatment of British soldiers. Recipient is inferred from the content of the memorandum written above the letter. Memorandum says "Col: Henley wrote a letter to G: Ps:," which apologized for his improper use of language. "G: Ps:" is probably General Phillips. The letter below the memorandum is an answer to Henley's apology and says "the unguarded epithets you applied to me," which is Phillips, not Burgoyne, as the index for the collection states. This hybrid memorandum-letter has multiple corrections and might be a draft. In the letter itself he mentions a previous letter Henley sent respecting "the unguarded epithets you applied to me upon two different occasions." Says his explanation has influenced him positively and claims "I not only accept it as full satisfaction but feel an emulation not to be undone in propriety." Hopes Henley will understand he only said things in a zealous fashion to procure a court martial, not personal spite. Says his actions and conduct since have been exemplar.

Background Information:

People: Kingston, Robert M., fl. 1776-1779

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryBattleBattle of SaratogaConvention ArmyPrisoner of WarMilitary LawMorality and Ethics

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