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Unknown Extract of a letter from Pennyslvania received by the pacquet, that came last from thence

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09054.15 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript letter Date: circa March 1756 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.3 x 18.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Gives a report on the situation in America. Mentions Quakers and people who "also seem to think their ale is at stake." States that "Col. Washington is gone to New York..." possibly involved in the attack at Fort DuQuesne. Gilt edges. Watermarked with a crest, a symbol that looks like a 4 and the letters SCI.

Background Information: George Washington gained command experience during the French and Indian War, first as a colonel under General Edward Braddock to take Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh, then as a commander at ...Braddocks Field, when Braddock was fatally injured. See More

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: QuakersGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary HistorySpyingCorruption and ScandalFrench and Indian WarFrancePresidents

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