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Maitland, John (fl. 1776) to the Earl of Lauderdale

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09022 Author/Creator: Maitland, John (fl. 1776) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 July 1776 Pagination: 3 p.

British soldier writing from occupied "Staten Island," sends word of Howe's invasion of New York: " ... we ran up to a bay of Long Island where the Rebels thought we were going to Land & were very strong indeed... Our little Army are all now ashore & Cantooned in & around the Island which is a very pretty one ... We expect the Guards & Germains every hour ... "

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