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Letter to [Thomas Sumter?]
Howe, Robert (Author)
Sumter, Thomas (Addressee)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection

The Siege of Savannah, 1779

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1779-03-02
Place: Charlestown, S.C.
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
Savannah (Ga.) -- History -- Siege, 1779
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Content: A. L. S. Endorsed. 6 pages and 1 leaf with endorsements. 4o
Has an opportunity to write before his departure which has been delayed by indisposition; is impatient to leave and will set out in two days; asks him to write so that Howe may hear when he arrives at Philadelphia; various reports prevail of the schemes and measures of the person addressed, some so clever that were they possible of performance he and the country might be congratulated; some of his romantic and extravagant exploits are worthy of the redoubtable Don Quixote; accounts from the West Indies report the defeat of the fleet of the allies; the King's speech breathes nothing but war, and promises alliances with Russia, Prussia, and Holland; 40,000 Prussians are to be sent to perform a summer's campaign in an American climate; presages that they will cut out work in the North; hears that Count P[ulaski] with his Horse is on his way from Philadelphia, that reinforcements from North Carolina and Virginia are on their way; the Governor is about to take the field in order to stir up the people; if his hieroglyphics cannot be read, he will write by proxy next time; sends regards to [Everard] Meade, [Nathan] Rice, Claybourne [Buller Claiborne], and Baylis [Hodijah Baylies].
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Emmet number: EM. 7337
Archives EAD ID: 278070
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9026b00-6a35-0139-ecbe-0242ac110002
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Letter to [Thomas Sumter?]