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Wadsworth, Benjamin (1750-1826) to James Lovell

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.020.03 Author/Creator: Wadsworth, Benjamin (1750-1826) Place Written: Danvers, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 10 December 1779 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Recipient inferred from content and because the collection is described as letters to or from Lovell, a Continental Congressman from Massachusetts. Wadsworth, pastor of the First Church at Danvers, thanks Lovell for his last letter. Congratulates him on being reelected to his seat in Congress and praises his work. Speaks of two young gentlemen who have been assigned to parishes. Mentions the difficulty of regulating the price of materials. States he was sad to hear of the American defeat at Savannah (3 September - 28 October 1779) but realizes that disappointments must be expected in war. The British have completed another campaign but he believes they have not taken steps toward accomplishing their purpose. States that most of Europe is for American independence but only an act of God will get the British to consider peace. Mentions that he is pleased that the last circular letter has calmed the minds of people. Includes a draft of a letter to David Hopkins from Lovell dated 7 March 1780 contained on verso.

People: Wadsworth, Benjamin, 1750-1826.
Lovell, James, 1737-1814.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Election, Continental Congress, Congress, Revolutionary War, Finance, Economics, Battle, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence