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Pickering, Timothy (1745-1829) to Timothy Pickering, Sr.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02325 Author/Creator: Pickering, Timothy (1745-1829) Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 February 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Colonel Pickering writes a poignant letter to his loyalist father, Deacon Pickering, who he recently learned was gravely ill. Expresses happiness over an improvement in his father's health and regret over their political differences. Thanks his father for his "example & instructions in all the duties to God, and my neighbor." Also states that "altho' the line of action I have pursued has not always been such as you would have chosen...in regard to religion and morality, I hope you have never repented that I was your son." The "prospect for recovery" mentioned was not realized; Deacon Pickering died a few months later.

People: Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829.
Pickering, Timothy, 1702-1778.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Revolutionary War, Loyalist, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Politics, Morality and Ethics

Sub Era: The War for Independence