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    [Revolutionary War]. Soldier Andrew McKenzie Letter Signed. One and one-half pages of a bifolium, 7.25" x 9", "Prospect Hill Camp Near Marcus Hook [Pennsylvania]," June 11, 1776. McKenzie, camped along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, just twenty-two miles southwest of Philadelphia, informs his brother Samuel McKenzie "near Shippinsburgh Cumberland County [Pennsylvania]" of British naval activity on the Delaware River. He also gives a short account of the Battle of Trois-Rivières. Near the end of the letter, he also advises his brother to make more whiskey for it "Sells for four Shillings and Six pence a Gallon & five Shillings in this place for Cash." The laid paper is age toned. Several separations along folds have been repaired with cello tape. Remnants of the original red seal exist on the address panel. Some stains and foxing.

    McKenzie's letter reads in part as written: "We are Expecting that there will be work enough for us in a short time. By the Wasp Privateer which Sailed up the river last Sunday we are Informed that there is two men of war now lying in the Bay the one the Liverpool & the other the Kingfisher if they do but Some[?] up the River they undoubtedly will get a warm Reception as the men on board the son[?] galleys air in High Spirits & thinks they will be able for them. By privet letter from Queback we have an account that our men have recovered a large number of the Prisnors taken from them & have taken home of the enemy, but as it is not confirmed by any athority I cannot say whither or not it may be Depended on. It would give me great Settisfaction to hear how you are going on at home and on my old Aquantences is I expect to have the Pleasure of Seeing a large number of them hear Soon as a number of the Militia is to be raised as soon as posible & Cumberland County is much Depended on for raising men. I would Recomend it to you to Set the Still agoing if you possibly Can and Still all your wheat . . . [illegible] you will a price for it. Whiskey Sells for four Shillings and Six pence a Gallon & five Shillings in this place for Cash."

    McKenzie was mistaken about the recovery of American at the Battle of Trois-Rivières, which was fought on June 8, 1776, along the St. Lawrence River, seventy-eight miles southwest of Quebec City. Guy Carleton's British force defeated William Thompson's American Continental troops. Rather than recovering "a large number of the Prisnors taken from them," as McKenzie reports in his letter, Thompson and over 200 Americans were actually taken prisoner.

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