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your better judgment. Shall I likewise trouble you with copies for
Colonel Humphrey's, Mr. Lear and Major Jackson? The two
former gentlemen, with the President, subscribed at Alexandria, in

Major Jackson's copy is already paid for.

I have the honor to forward by this conveyance your own copy, and respectfully entreat you will instruct Beny & Rogers, my publishers in New York, with respect to the subscribers your friendship procured for me. The printed list will ascertain the number.

With the best wishes for your health, which I hope is estab-

I am, Dear Sir,
Your most respectful

and obedient ser'v,
Gen'l S. B. WEBB.


John Winslow's Letter.


New York, 16th December, 1778.
Mn. Laidler

7 SIR :-Lest you should not have received a letter which I wrote
you a few days ago, I will write you again to acquaint you that the
Commander-in-Chief is pleased to comply with your request, and
has given you permission to send to your brother in Connecticut for
hay and oats for the use of your horses.

Whenever you write for them, and will send your letter to
me, I will inclose a permit signed by one of the General's aides-de-

Yours, very sincerely,

Col. S. B. WEBB.

D. Com. Prisoners.

imo. Creichlin John Winslow's Letter.

John Winslow's Letter. - meblo

NEW YORK, 20 July, 1778. SIR :- At your solicitation, Lt. Andrew Boyd will be sent out in exchange for an officer of the 71st Regiment, who is come in,

and beg to trouble you with a pass for him to come into this city
to-morrow, which please to forward to him.

Believe me true friend
and most humble serv't,

Col. Sam'l B. WEBB.

Com. Prisoners.


John Winslow's Letter.

- mo. in drug.

New York, April 13th, 1778.
D'R SIR :-I shall endeavour to obtain Leave from Genil
Robertson for you to come to Town the first opp’y I have of being
with him.

Serg't Ballentine who came in here with your Brother had
Leave to go from hence to Phila. by Land, whether he ever got
there I have never heard, & should not some Person have been sent
out from thence in Exchange for him. I shall send out a person from

I wish they without would form more generous sentiments of
us, & not be quite so scrupulous. I am sorry your brother should
fall under any censure in this matter. I have no opportunity of
getting any English or Country Newspapers or Magazines. Should
I be able to get any, you shall have them. No further news from
Mr. Loring since I last saw you, & I know of no person that is going
to Connecticut. When I do, I shall let you know, all your Letters
were forwarded by Capt. Manly & Mr. Smith.

I am,
D'r Sir,

Your friend & hum’l Serv't,

Flatbush, L. I.

Com. Pres.

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John Winslow's (D. C. P.) Letter.

NEW YORK, 28 March, 1778. SIR :-I have laid before Gen'l Robertson your letter to me, & beg to acquaint you that the Gen'l objects to your sending your servant out, but that if you will write out an order for your horses

to be brought to the Bridge, your servant shall have leave to go there to receive them.

The Gen'l does not choose you should go out on Parole at
present as a General Exchange is now negotiating.
No news from Wethersfield.

Your most Humble Serv't,
Colo. WEBB.


D. C. P.


Capt. S. Williams' Letter. Om d'aidles

CONNECTICUT HUTTS, 1st Dec., 1781. DEAR COLONEL :—Some weeks since I wrote you by Belden, which letter I expected would have found you at W'f'd, but Lieut. Strong informs us that you arrived there but a few days before he saw you, from which I fear you must have had a long and tedious passage. He likewise brings the melancholy news of the death of your Lady, whose amiable character, without the pleasure of a personal acquaintance, I find sufficient to interest me in the affliction of her friends, whose grief must be exceeding great. But the sorrows of one possessed of the most susceptible feelings, and in that near connection which you had but lately formed, must be such as will require every virtue to support. For me to suggest the propriety of an humble submission under the most afflicting events, or endeavour to alleviate your present sorrows, while reminding you that those virtues and desirable accomplishments, which so greatly endeared your departed friend, are sufficient grounds to believe that they have attended her to those happy mansions, where only they would receive their reward,—would be improper as unnecessary, since the same disposition which inclined you to form the connection which is now dissolved will lead you to such reflections as are becoming the occasion of your sorrows.

But lest I should increase that grief which I would wish to soften, I will only add to this melancholy letter, that I most cordially share with you, in your present affliction and my sincerest wishes that your sorrows may receive every consolation which the sincerity of your grief can admit-and am with sincere friendship & esteem.

Y'r humble serv't,


P. S.- Please to present my most friendly compliments to your good Brother & family.


The enclosed letter to my afflicted friend I expected to have forwarded by Capt. Bulkley, but as he has postponed the journey for a few days, shall send it by Belden, who arrived last ev'g and leaves Camp to-morrow.

The friendly manner in which you mention the reception of my former letter confers the obligations upon myself if they afforded the least satisfaction in the distressed situation in which they found you, it is all I could wish—and in your present affliction to deny that consolation which the most sympathetic feelings of a friend could afford, would be unfriendly indeed. I am sensible it is only those who have experienced the loss that can realize your sorrows. We know them to be severely great and share with you in grief.

As Capt. Bulkley writes you it will be unnecessary for me to be particular in Regimental matters—indeed I could only say that the men are destitute of clothes, even to a greater degree than they were last winter. We expect to draw clothing shortly, but it may be several weeks first. I hope Colo. Huntington will come on as soon as he can make it convenient, as it is a matter of consequence to have a field officer with the Regt.

We expect the lads from the Southward will soon be here. The invalids from Col. Scammel's detachment have arrived.

We are just beginning a furlough. The orders are very strict. There is to be a field officer to each Reg’t and a commiss'd offi'r to each Co. constantly present and two men from a Co. on furlough. We have heard nothing from the Serg't who was with you on the passage—it would be injurious to those here to be long absent.

You have probably heard that Capt. Parsons has retired and that Rogers succeeds him in the Regt, so that we have only three Capt's on the Staff. Gen'l Parsons is very sick at Danburyhis Excellency is expected here in a short time which will afford the pleasure to those who have already been too long under the command of some we would wish to be clear of.

I will close this letter with the request of the gent’m of the Regt, whose best wishes attend you, and who sincerely lament your misfortunes, and am with the sincerest esteem.

Y'r affectionate friend,
Colo. WEBB.




Jon’th Williams' Letter.

Boston, Febʼy 24, 1780. DEAR WEBB :— Enclosed is a letter for Gen'l Washington. The case of wine which I hope was taken particular care of went according to your direction. I leave it to you to acquaint Gen'l Washington the mode of my sending it. I am sure you will make the best of it, and lay me under many obligations which I already anticipate.

This letter has been wrote some time, but I knew not till to-day that it was sent on.

Apropos, Sampson in the Packet is arrived at the Vineyard. He brings this story. That Ireland under pretence of opposing an invasion from France and Spain requested a supply of arms, &c., which they got to the amount of 40,000, & then remonstrated, prayed for a redress of Grievances, & asserted their rights to a free Commerce, with a hint that if this was not allowed then they would redress themselves. That Sir Jos. Fork had left the Hague in a Hurry, and that the Parliament were assembled in a Hubbub.

I write this in a hurry; however, I will write with more leisure another time if you will address me a correspondent. I want to commence an intercourse with one that from his situation will be able to inform me, and all the news that is interesting to you here. you shall be supplied with in a homespun dress, if you approve the choice I have made for a correspondent.

I am,

Your most obd't,
Col. S. B. WEBB,



Maj. J. P. Wyllys' Letter.

HIGHLANDS, Conn. Hutts, 10 December, 1781. DEAR COLO :—The day before yesterday I arrived with the troops at this post sufficiently satisfied with our march, but all pleased with what was once thought so execrable—a sight of the Highlands.

The news of your misfortune first reached me at Philadelphia, and was confirmed at Mr. Lott's barely; to say that I condole with you does not do justice to my feelings or friendship. What a man

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