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  1. Aitchison, John, 1788-1875.
    [Letter] 1852 October 15, Drummone [to] Sir / John Aitchison.
    states that he will "with pleasure join your family party for dinner" next Wednesday. He goes on to say that he has had a letter from William[?] stating that he has gotten the names of the Officers of Regiment who are to be sent out to [Turkey?], and there's a good chance that William[?] will "probably be allowed to remain at home some time longer."
  2. Bickham, William T.
    [Letter] 1863 March 8, State of VA, Camp [Hays es?] Brigade [to] Louisa [Miss Elizabeth Bickham], Louisiana / William T. Bickham.
    Bickham addresses the letter to his cousin, stating that he is doing well and there have not been any deaths in camp since the Battle of Fredericksburg. He comforts his cousin on the loss of "our beloved Francis" with the knowledge that he fell bravely and his loss is much regretted by all the company. Bickham reveals, "I have bin a witness to death in all its horrors since I have bin a soldier in this troublesome war. I have bin on the Battle field & have seen men fall on my right & left. I have heard the prayers of the wounded & dying & heard them call for help & beg for water at mid nights gloomy hours & even then assistance to them was impossible by their unhappy hearers." He speculates that most soldiers die from inadequate medical care. Bickham states that he has been spared so far, and hopes to live to see peace. He discusses the possibility of foreign intervention, and declares that Yankee boasting doesn't alarm him-"they may exterminate us but they never will conquer." In a moment of levity, Bickham says that he has seen his first "scating" this winter, but wonder gives way to the realities of talking about reduced rations and scarce blankets. He closes by stating that they are camped on Rapahannoc River near Fredericksburg; the Yankees are on the east bank, and the Confederates are on the west, close enough to see one another.
  3. Bouck, William C., 1786-1859.
    [Letter] 1843 June 20, Albany, N.Y., [to] Gen. Storms / Wm. C. Bouck.
    Bouck informs General Storms that he has received an application for muskets from the arsenal for use by Captain Sprague's company. Bouck states that he sees no reason why the muskets should not be furnished according to precedent and the usual terms. He expresses the hope that the legislature will pay some attention to these matters. A former canal commissioner who oversaw construction of the Erie Canal, Bouck served as Governor of New York, later appointed federal assistant treasurer for the City of New York by President Polk.
  4. Clinton, George, 1739-1812.
    [Letter] 1778 May 2, Poughkeepsie [to] Henry Glen, Schenectady / George Clinton.
    Clinton confirms receipt of Glen's April 2nd letter, and cites the law for "making the Draft from the Militia for filling up the five Continental Battalions." Clinton states that it is "not left in my Power" to comply with Colonel Wimple's request to have troops join Colonel [Jamesworth's?] regiment as he would wish. Clinton acknowledges that Glen will "lose no Time in forwarding the drafts" to the appropriate places and parties. The seven-time governor of New York (1777-1795, 1801-1804), Clinton had also served as a delegate to the second Continental Congress, and as brigadier-general of the Continental Army. He presided over the ratification of the federal Constitution by the state of New York at Poughkeepsie in June 1778, a month after he wrote this letter. Clinton served two terms as Vice President under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The letter's recipient, Henry Glen, was a Representative from New York, and fulfilled an appointment as clerk of Schenectady County from 1767 to 1809; Glen also served as a delegate to the First, Second, and Third Provincial Congresses (1774-1776), and as a member of the State assembly in 1786 and 1787.
  5. Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
    [Manuscript] 1843 May, Cooperstown, Preface to the Battle of Lake Erie / [James Fenimore Cooper].
    This manuscript is the Preface to Cooper's Battle of Lake Erie published in 1843. Though he wished to avoid the controversy surrounding the Battle in his Naval History, Cooper states that his present work will answer the attacks made upon him by Messrs. Burges, Duer, and Mackenzie regarding the actions of Oliver Perry during the battle. Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826), as well as his books on naval history. In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.
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