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Silliman, Gold Selleck to his son

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07480.01 Author/Creator: Silliman, Gold Selleck Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 July 1776 Pagination: 1 p. + address. 22.4 x 18.3 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07480.01 Author/Creator: Silliman, Gold Selleck Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 July 1776 Pagination: 1 p. + address. 22.4 x 18.3 cm

Destruction of statue of King George III in NYC. In part: "I went toward the Fort and there I saw his Majesty and his Horse, tumbled Headlong down on the Ground." Silliman also writes about "a Mighty Fleet of Ships our Enemies have got" off Staten Island.

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