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Printed in The Public Advertiser , February 7, 1775. Verner Crane argues that the grounds, set forth at length in his annotation, for attributing this speech to Franklin are not conclusive but are plausible. The letter certainly contains a number of Franklin’s favorite ideas and rhetorical devices; its theme, the defense of American provincial troops in particular and of American courage in...
2[Diary entry: 7 February 1775] (Washington Papers)
7. Colo. Harrison, Mr. Murdock & Mr. Rutherford went away after Breakfast.
3[Diary entry: 7 February 1775] (Washington Papers)
7. Cloudy & calm, & something like Snow in the forenoon. Afternoon clear & exceeding pleasant. Wind Southerly.
The acting Executors of my Brother Augustine, have been lately informed that you have taken possession of the Land, belonging to his younger Son, above Fort Cumberland—that you have filled it with Tenants—receive rents—and, that the Land is in a fair way of being injured, to the great prejudice of the orphan. As they cannot conceive under what pretext this is done, they would fain hope that...
Your Letter by Mr Cleveland was safe Delivered to me but I did not get the Letter, you mentiond by Mr Willis till yesterday. I was out Survaying when Mr Cleveland cam over the mountain and he set of hom as soon as I cam hom and Matters was Setled I have got a memorandom of what is wanting for your People Down the river and I shall have it ready against the time the com over the Mountain I...