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Whipple, William (1730-1785) [to Meshech Weare]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05897 Author/Creator: Whipple, William (1730-1785) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 June 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 18.7 x 14.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed "W." by Whipple and "B", by fellow New Hampshire congressman Josiah Bartlett. Asks for New Hampshire's views on the question of independence and states that a committee is being formed for this purpose. Stresses the importance of this subject. Many cross-outs. Letter is written on the address leaf of a letter sent to Whipple in Congress at Philadelphia from Meshech Weare. Docketed "Col. Weare."

Background Information: Whipple was a delegate to the Continental Congress from New Hampshire 1776-1779 and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Weare and Whipple served on the New Hampshire Committee of ...Safety. See More

People: Whipple, William, 1730-1785
Weare, Meshech, 1713-1786

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental CongressCongressDeclaration of IndependenceGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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