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Campbell, Mungo (fl. 1745-1777) to Robert Campbell

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03154 Author/Creator: Campbell, Mungo (fl. 1745-1777) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa January 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by British Major Mungo Campbell in 52nd Regiment of Foot under General Sir Henry Clinton to what appears to be his uncle Robert Campbell in London. Says he wrote from Cork before sailing and three times while in America, without getting a response. Says they landed on "this island" -- Rhode Island -- on 8th ultimo, probably 8 December 1776. Says he parted with David, Robert's son, at New York at the end of November. Says Peter had not joined the army yet, but from a letter from his wife that he probably will soon. Says they are too far from enemy lines to give any details of their movements. Mentions the defeat of the Hessians at Trenton the capture of the "Traytor" General Charles Lee. Claims his wife has sent Robert several letters without a response and that "she is not a little mortifyed." Asks him to write to his wife to show he meant no slight by his silence. Says he told her that "you are a Lazy Correspondent, As indeed you are." Letter gets into personal financial business, which he is very worried about. Date inferred from content.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Travel, Prisoner of War, Hessians, Battle, Finance, Marriage, Women's History, Children and Family

Sub Era: The War for Independence