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Harrison, Robert Hanson (1745-1790) to Major Clarke

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04786 Author/Creator: Harrison, Robert Hanson (1745-1790) Place Written: near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 October 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 20.2 x 15.7 cm.

Written by Harrison as secretary to George Washington to Clarke, whose larger identity is unknown. Says the five extra dollars will be charged. Claims there are no hand bills or he would have sent him one. Reports that the articles of capitulation got to Washington yesterday. Says Burgoyne and his army of 5,600 are prisoners and that Colonel James Wilkinson is on his way to Congress with General Horatio Gates's official report. Wilkinson caused a mini-scandal by not showing up in York, Pennsylvania, where Congress was meeting, until 31 October 1777 and did not present a written report until 3 November 1777. Note on verso allows the messenger to pass through whatever country is necessary to get to Clarke. Another note on verso from 22 June 1782 says the claim is inadmissible by the Comptrollers office. The document's pages are separated and pasted on opposite sides of a sheet of paper.

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