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Whipple, William (1730-1785) to John Langdon

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06692 Author/Creator: Whipple, William (1730-1785) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 November 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Docketed by Langdon on verso. Reporting on the difficulties supplying the army and navy, military plans, and the mood in Congress. Mentions a shipment of guns with defects. Comments on officer promotions. Mentions the Marine Committee's answer to a letter from the Committee of Providence. Mentions the petition of an officer to be "Releavd," which he describes as a "Petition for a Public Body to break their own Genl: Rules." He doubts it will pass but states that he will render assistance. Discusses clothing the troops, who he finds "in good spirit" though "almost naked." Doubts the states will respond to a recommendation to issue provisions. Reasserts his belief that independence will be achieved, but also expresses his wish to "put a speedy end to Slaughter & devastation which already is great, but must still be greater if the war Continues which nothing will prevent but the utmost exertions of the Friends to Liberty & Humanity[.] such Exertions under the smiles of Heaven, will restore peace & Establish Happiness in this western world." Also comments on military rumors. Has heard it is likely that General William Howe "has but two moves more in which we shall Check Mate him." Comments on a desertion by Hessians. Sends congressional resolutions relating to the navy. Includes a long post script on the departure of General Howe from White Plains, New York, General George Washington's dispatch of 4000 troops to protect New Jersey, and British retreat from Crown Point.

People: Whipple, William, 1730-1785.
Langdon, John, 1741-1819.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Continental Congress, Congress, Revolutionary War, Military History, Military Supplies, Navy, Weaponry, Clothing and Accessories, Military Uniforms, Military Provisions, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Revolutionary War General, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Desertion, Hessians

Sub Era: The War for Independence