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To George Washington from an Anonymous Citizen, 4 August 1776

From an Anonymous Citizen

4 August 1776. “My House is forcibly entered & posessed by officers and Soldiers without my Consent, to the number of 60 or 70. . . . From A barrack, my House is now become A mere Hospital Noise & Disturbance day and night, reign in every part—The two Halls below are occupied by the rude hand of Insolence the Doors nailed, & I am at last reduced to such narrow limits that the next Encroachment must consign myself & family to the Fields, & Mr Clarkes Estate to every waste.” Asks that these grievances be redressed.

AD, PWacD. Although this document is not addressed, its wording indicates that it was directed to GW. There is no evidence that GW received this or any other copy of the petition, however.

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