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Lane, Joseph (fl. 1779) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03369 Author/Creator: Lane, Joseph (fl. 1779) Place Written: Charlestown, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 December 1779 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23.3 x 18.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Major Lane, having offered to carry General Benjamin Lincoln's dispatches to Congress, says he is ready to depart. Says it is his intention to return to Charlestown as soon as possible. Says he has no business in the north and will return quickly. Appears there was an issue with Lane's servants. Says the ship "Betsy" was captured by American privateers and brought to Philadelphia. Since his servant papers were on that ship he hopes to clear up this situation. Says he was thankful that Lincoln brought it up privately. Written one week before the fall of Savannah, Georgia.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PrivateeringRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyServantIndentured ServantTravel

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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