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Stevens, Ebenezer (1751-1823) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01886 Author/Creator: Stevens, Ebenezer (1751-1823) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 February 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 30.2 x 23.2 cm.

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Summary of Content: Request for the pardon of two men under confinement and sentenced to be executed.

Full Transcript: [Excerpt:]
It is true that these poor unhappy fellows have merited the sentence under which they labour, still I am led from motives of humanity & consideration of their sufferings under ...so long a confinement, to ask the favor of you to interceed with the Commander in Chief...in addressing the General on this Subject you will serve two miserable wretches who have for a long time been lingering under the painful apprehension of a Halter....See More

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Stevens, Ebenezer, 1751-1823

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyPrisonerPardonDeath PenaltyMilitary Law

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