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    Rare 1764 John Armstrong Military Letter ALS: "John Armstrong," 1p, 6" x 7.25". [Pennsylvania], September 1, 1764. With integral leaf addressed by Armstrong "To/Ensigne Pecke/to be forwarded/by Mr. Harris" In full: "I expected to have seen you at Mr. Harris's on my return from Lancaster--and shou'd be glad to know with all convenient speed how many Men you have got, where they are, and whether you have got Arms & Ammunition for them as these Articles are left with Jon. Harris for the Use of the Soldiers. I shou'd be glad to see you at Carlisle where you shall receive farther orders, and know where you will Draw Provisions wch. must be fixed wth. Mr. Callander. I am Sir your Very humbl. Servt." In 1763, Pennsylvania Governor John Penn had named John Armstrong as commander of frontier defenses. Armstrong headed north in October 1763, with a force of 600 volunteers to attack an Indian village located near Big Island (near present-day Lock Haven) on the west branch of the Susquehanna River. He destroyed Indian villages and crops and was back in Carlisle by November. By July 1764, there was general peace along the frontiers. Armstrong continued to worry over what he called the "expos'd state of the Western Frontier" and called upon the government for more supplies to outfit garrison troops. During the American Revolution, John Armstrong became the first Brigadier General commissioned (March 1, 1776) by the Continental Congress. Pencil markings in blank margins. Affixed to narrow 0.5" x 7.25" strip of mounting paper on verso at blank lower edge of integral address leaf. Overall, in Fine condition. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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