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Ellery, William (1727-1820) [Journal of William Ellery's journey from Dighton, Massachusetts, to Yorktown, Pennsylvania]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00107.02 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: various Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 20 October - 15 November 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses British General John Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga and meetings with Generals Oliver Wolcott and Israel Putnam, and with Members of the Continental Congress Francis Dana, John Hancock, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. Includes allusions to Cervantes' "Don Quixote" and Laurence Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

People: Ellery, William, 1727-1820.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.
Hancock, John, 1737-1793.
Putnam, Israel, 1718-1790.
Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797.
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616.
Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768.
Tristram Shandy

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Continental Army, Continental Congress, President, Vice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence