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Phillips, William (1731?-1781) to William Heath

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04834 Author/Creator: Phillips, William (1731?-1781) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Letter signed Date: 17 June 1778 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23.2 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by British General Phillips as commanding officer of the Convention Army, which consisted of prisoners of war from the Saratoga campaign to Heath as American commander in charge of the Convention Army. Phillips wants to know if Heath will make efforts for the departure of the Convention Army to Europe as the terms of surrender dictated. Quotes part of a letter from General Sir William Howe, who hopes they can depart soon. Wants to know if Heath has any authority on the subject. Hopes they can act as gentlemen toward each other. Pages are separated and pasted on opposite sides of another sheet of paper.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryBattle of SaratogaBattleSurrenderTreatyConvention ArmyPrisoner of WarTravelGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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