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    [Revolutionary War] Timothy Bedel Autograph Letter Signed "Tim. Bedel". 1½ pages, 6" x 7.5", Haverhill, June 11, 1777. An interesting letter of Timothy Bedel, former Major General, written in 1777, about the Canadian Campaign and General Carlton's tactics. The letter reads "Gentlemen, I have constantly kept out scouts into Canada and have one arrived this day who bring in Intelligence that the Indians that the Indians have left their castles being threatened by the ministerial troops to burn up their villages if they would not take up arms we have several families come about here who are willing and wants to settle among us if they could be protected, you may be assured there is no danger from them as they are in any opinion more friendly than our own people. The scouts further inform that the regulars lie in small parties at St. Johns Isle - Aux...Chambalee and have two small vessels and a number of boats Cruising on the lake that the Canadians in general are our friends, that Genl. Carleton has confined about 300 Canadians in close confinement because they would not take up arms. I have never had any orders as yet to bring a prisoner from Canada if you thing it best that one or more would be of any advantage should be glad to have a line from you and it shall be done by the next party that goes out, any orders from you shall be punctually obeyed and executed with the utmost dispatch, the Indian families who are among us would willing by stay could they be supplies with provisions. The enemy are building a large vessel for the lake and several gondolas at Saint Johns. I am gentlemen with the utmost esteem. Your obedient humble servant." Bedel was with Montgomery at the taking of St. John's, on the Sorel, and was in command of the force at the Cedars, near Montreal, which was attacked by Brant's Indians and surrendered without resistance by order of Captain Butterfield, the subordinate officer in command during the absence of Colonel Bedel, who lay ill at Lachine. General Arnold threw the blame on Bedel, who was deprived of his command but was subsequently reinstated. He was afterward Major-General of New Hampshire militia. Pristine.

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