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Cleaveland, Samuel (fl. 1774) to John Beague

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.047 Author/Creator: Cleaveland, Samuel (fl. 1774) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 December 1774 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes to his friend that he thought crossing the Atlantic would be his only difficulty but he has encountered many in the colonies and finds "but little rest here, its my fate to finish my career in an active speer of life." He does not believe the colonies will ever be obedient to Great Britain. States that the congresses here are breeding rebellion and that Britain has to be on guard. Reports that they were hindered in every respect when trying to find quarters for the British troops. Describes in detail an assassination attempt on his life. A villain apprehended him in the street, snatched his sword, and attacked him. He was badly wounded. The man was seized by other men. The villain stated he thought he was a different officer. Sends his regards to Beague's family. Cleaveland was a British officer.

People: Cleaveland, Samuel, fl. 1774.
Beague, John, fl. 1774.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Revolutionary War, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Congress, Continental Congress, Assassination Weaponry, Injury or Wound

Sub Era: Road to Revolution