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Allen, Paul (b. 1742) to Asa Waterman

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.242 Author/Creator: Allen, Paul (b. 1742) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 October 1782 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Informs him of the return of "our Brother Capt Joseph Cashman." Says Mr. Cushing's child "the sicked child that ever I saw." News arrived from Newfoundland of the "Royal George" sinking in port, and 1,300 people dying. Around eight hundred people actually died when the ship sank in Spithead, England. Indians are reporting that the French taken three British ships of the line. Refers to Allen as his "brother."

People: Waterman, Asa, 1743-1789.
Allen, Paul, b. 1742.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Health and Medical, Children and Family, Canada, Death, Disaster, Maritime, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, France, Navy, Military History, Revolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence