(American Revolution) Autograph Letter Signed of Salem, Massachusetts ship's master Thomas Newman, 1 page, 5.75" x 8.75", "Great Wishoromoa," February 11, 1776 to a friend informing him of the capture of his schooner by the British in Chesapeake Bay. He writes, in part (original spelling maintained): "Sir theses are to Inform of you of the unhap[p]y Misforune on the 30th of Jany Being Near ye Capes of Virginna with thy wind at thy Eastward and Coming On thick wether we thought proper To run into To ye Bay and unhappy fel[l] In with a sloop which was a Tender Belonging To the Other Man of ware within Musquit Shot Before we saw her Being thick of fogg and Rain thinking our selves Very Safe By Reason of it Being thick wether But ware Obligd To Serender To them they have Tacken from me all the Money and Every thing I had thy Mate and Jacob and ross are Now with me they Run from on board the Schooner some after we ware Taken I have Got my Liberty and am coming home By Land. Sir please To Inform my wife that I am well..." Partial separation at folds repaired on verso, remnants of integral address leaf at left, else very good. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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