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Anderson, Alex (fl. 1781) to his wife

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06282 Author/Creator: Anderson, Alex (fl. 1781) Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 November 1781 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 22.9 x 18.8 cm.

Anderson, a British Naval surgeon during the American Revolution, writes to his wife about naval engagements, his travel to the West Indies, her access to money, their correspondence, and his affection for her. Also discusses news of "the capitulation of Cornwallis" at Yorktown. Expresses his desire that "this winter will bring about a Peace. for it is every ones Opinion here, that America is lost to Great Brittain and must obtain its Independence."

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