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    [Israel Putnam]. Dictated Letter Written by His Son, Daniel Putnam. One page, 8.75" x 14", Pomfret [Connecticut], January 14, 1780, to "Mrs. [Jeremiah] Wadsworth." One month after suffering the paralyzing stroke that ended his Revolutionary War military career, General Israel Putnam dictates this letter from his home in northeastern Connecticut concerning his rehabilitation. In part:

    "I take this opportunity by my Waggoner, to acquaint you of my last arrival at this place after a fatiguing march of four Days. . . . I find myself better since my arrival Home, therefore I conclude that moderate Exercise may be of service. I find I gain pretty fast in my Let & foot, which I experience in my Dayly Exercise, which is Walking, my arm yearns[?] yet to be a useless member, and how Long it may remain so God only knows."

    After spending two weeks on furlough at home, Israel Putnam (1718-1790) departed in December 1779 on horseback to rejoin the army. While riding, he had a stroke, affecting his right foot and hand. He stopped at the home of Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth in Hartford, where his wife, doubtless, attended to him. After a stay of possibly a few days, Putnam traveled home, where he tried exercise as a way of rehabilitation. His son, Daniel, stayed at the Putnam home throughout the winter. Putnam had thus far served honorably in the Revolutionary War, beginning his career at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. This letter exhibits weakness and some separation at the folds.


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    October, 2013
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