Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Clift, Samuel (fl. 1777) to Isaac Gallup

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05729 Author/Creator: Clift, Samuel (fl. 1777) Place Written: Peekskill, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 July 1777 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 21.9 x 15.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports "The enemy have all mov'd on Staten Island." Also "John Murry was executed here last Tuesday for deserting and Inlisting several times," and others are sentenced to die for the same crime. Hopes to be "making our fortunes, this year, as our living is so very cheap," and lists prices of certain items. Men in high spirits and good health, "I hear very little complaints among the soldiers." Signs himself "Upon the Highest Hill in America."

Background Information: Isaac Gallup was a captain in the Continental Infantry. Samuel Clift was an officer during the American Revolution.

People: Gallup, Isaac, 1712-1799
Clift, Samuel, fl. 1777

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsDesertionForgery and FraudDeath PenaltyDeathMilitary LawFinanceHealth and MedicalMilitary HistoryContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources