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Wolcott, Oliver (1726-1797) to Ezekiel Williams

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06659 Author/Creator: Wolcott, Oliver (1726-1797) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 February 1776 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 20.6 x 16.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a Continental Congressman from Connecticut, probably to Ezekiel Williams as Connecticut Commissioner of Prisoners and Wolcott's son-in-law. Notes already in Past Perfect said this document is from the papers of Ezekiel Williams, which could not be confirmed from the collateral files. But the content of the letter makes Williams a likely recipient. Wolcott says he forgot to mail a previous letter requesting a list of prisoners. Is now asking for an updated list in order to liquidate Connecticut's accounts with Congress. Wolcott also informs Williams of a forthcoming British bill rendering American trade subject to seizure. Concludes by reporting the number of British troops en route to the colonies. Postscript says the Boston Port Bill and Restraining Acts have been repealed by the latest acts of Parliament on seizures.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarContinental CongressCongressMilitary HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsBoston Port BillCommerceSiege of BostonPrisoner of WarContinental ArmyFinanceMerchants and Trade

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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