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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00624 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 14 July 1777 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 31.3 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the Continental evacuation of Ticonderoga: "My God, what a Stroke we have met with in Loss of Ticonderoga- after all the trouble, pains, & expense the Continent has been at in Fortifyg [sic] that Post, to think we should be obliged to give it up without fire'g a gun- is too much..." Predicts that because of the loss, "there will be nothing but Scalp'g & [Butcher'g] our back settlements..." Reports on the capture of The Fox, a British ship. Mentions the capture of British General Richard Prescott, and hopes for the exchange of Prescott for General [Charles] Lee.

Full Transcript: [draft]
My dear Friend Boston July 14 1777
excuse the blot
I should have wrote you by, Majr Knox but the day he left Boston. I was oblige to muster my Reg:...t at Dorchester so could attend it, as I wrote by the Post a few day before, I hope you'll excuse it -
My God, what a stroke we have meet with in [loss.g] of Ticonderoga - after all the trouble, pains, & expence the Continent has been at in [Fortif:g] that Post, to think we should be oblige'd to give it up without firig a gun - is too much - and when I reflect the fault is our own in not find:g a proper garrison there to defend it - I am afraid to say what I think -
I had much rather they should be in [text loss] of Philadelphia & Boston, and there the Capitals in Flam's, than they should have [secession] of that important post - I [vew] at as the [text loss] all that Country and expect them dam'd [text loss] [bounds] will be let lose on our Frontier and there will be nothing but Scalp'g & Butcher'g our back settlements - it will [text loss] at least 5.000 men - to keep 5.00 of these dam'd Indians in awe -
For New's turn Over
[2] Capt Manly & McNeal has taken a British Frigat of 32 gun's call'd the Fox - they also engag'd a 40 gun ship - but a 64 - leave'g insight, they were oblige to quit her - after they had taken her, the greater Part of the men belonging to the Fox, enter'd on board our ships - and out of her and our two ships, they man'd the Fox Frigate and took her into the Continental Service - she is now Cruise'g in Camp with Cap:t Manley - Cap:t Waters that command'd one our finall schooner's had
Order from Congress to Build a 20 gun ship & to have the command of her but he find'g it very difficult to build & man a ship - enter'd on board Capt. Manley as a Volunteer - and was to have the Command of the first ship that was taken - Capt Waters has now the Command of the Fox - we expect to hear every hour - he & Manly has taken the 64 gun ship - Capt McNeal has arriv'd at the Eastward, with the Officers & men belonging to the Fox - we expect the Ship up today as the Wind is Fair
this is a Fact
[3] I suppose you have heard before this. General Prescot & his a,d,c is taken Prisoner & [safe] arriv'd at Providence - it is said he was taken in bed with his dear Mistress - when our people bust into the Chamber where he was - he said he was a Gen.l Officer & hope'd they would treat him well, as he had all ways treat'd every prisoner well that fell into his lands - am in hopes we shall get Gen.l Lee exchang'd for him I wrote you some time ago - that [text loss] Hershaw wish'd to be with you [text loss] Secretary - you have news wrote [text loss] to it every trust he waits on [text loss] if you have wrote me with respect [text loss] [prospect] [gloss] hope you have recd [text loss]
believe to be your
sincer friend

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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Prescott, Richard, 1725-1788
Lee, Charles, 1732-1782

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Prisoner of WarBattleRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryFort TiconderogaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFortificationFrontiers and ExplorationAmerican Indian HistoryAtrocityNavyPrivateeringMaritime

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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