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MS Am 1138.2

Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington letters to Benjamin Lincoln, 1777-1789: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 1138.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Title: George Washington letters to Benjamin Lincoln,
Date(s): 1777-1789.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the American President George Washington to U.S. Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*49M-33F. Gift of Robert G. Stone, 75 Federal Street, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1949.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Washington Letters to Benjamin Lincoln, 1777-1789 (MS Am 1138.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Washington was the first American president; Lincoln was a U.S. secretary of war and army officer and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Contains 55 letters and 1 memorandum from Washington to Lincoln written during the American Revolution when Washington was commander in chief of the military forces of the colonies. The letters concern movement and positions of troops, discussion of deserting troop members, information about Britain's possession of U.S. towns and intelligence, and details of military recruits. Also includes discussion of Sir Henry Clinton's expedition against the western Indians. Later letters discuss the treaty between the Indians and the commissioners in Georgia, and the need to build houses in the capital for the members of Congress.

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