1782 Hessians Are Leaving Their Garrison at New York
August 21, 1782-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Autograph Letter Signed by Edward Burd, Philadelphia, PA, mentioning the transporting Hessian soldiers off the garrison at New York, Very Fine.
Historic Revolutionary War content, 2-page Autograph Letter, measuring 8” x 6.5,” addressed to Jasper Yeates Esquire. Fully readable though reinforced with archival collector tape along a split and fold. This Letter begins referring to a legal matter in which there is trouble in attending due to the difficulties of one member of the party being in Lancaster, England, the other in America. Transcribed, it reads, in full:
“Dear Sir - In an Action brought by Cornelius Cox against Adam Eckart the Summons was left at the House where Eckart had lived after his Removal from Lancr. [Lancaster] County - John Henry copied off from Crafts Return served & entered it so in the Docquet [docket] & the Sheriff said he would make the Return Not Served. - I should have no Objections if said is disputed to & Return being special & the Matter being examined by Affidavits.
Mr. Smith has marked his appearance wch.[which] I wish you would strike off - Because I was sure Eckart could have given no Instructions to him to appear as he was with me the day before I set off for Lancr. [Lancaster] & gave express directions about Matters inconsistent with an appearance - I have since seen him & he says he did not speak to Mr. Smith on the Subject so that Mr. Smith must have mistaken the name. - I must request you to rectify this Matter. - It is only intended to harrass Eckart when really he can in my Opinion have a good Cause of Action as Cox but Expense of attending at a foreign County is a serious Thing. Our family are well & join in love to you all. -- Hand has my Receipt for the Order for 176 dollars wch. [which] please to procure a Return of.
A great Number of Transports have arrived at New York it is thought to take off the Garrison a number of Hessians. 1200 or 1500 have come there also but it is thought only to complete the Regiments which must be in a proper State whenever they may be stationed. - Your affectionate Brother, - (Signed) Edw. Burd”.